This is the second article dedicated to the new outfits for the British operator collection of Caliber. The article covers the characters equipment, while the first material was about the events that inspired the new look for the TFB four.
Among other items for TFB operators in the Hooligans legendary outfit, Archer’s face shield is perhaps the one that requires the most attention. It caused many questions and doubts about the possibility and justification of its application in real life. But there is never a need to jump to conclusions.
Special anti-terror units regularly conduct training, including ops in the urban environment and inside buildings. For the exercises to be practical, they require simulating a real confrontation with operators using weapons, and to analyze the training operations, some kind of hit registration system is necessary. Previously, paintball markers were used for this, but their firing range and a different way of functioning did not fully immerse the operators in training.
Everything was changed by the General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems company, which developed the SIMUNITION non-lethal training ammunition system. The bullet is replaced with a paint capsule in its ammunition, and the user can install a wide range of conversion kits on standard weapons. So, in short-barreled weapons, the barrel, bolt, and recoil spring are replaced, and in assault rifles, the bolt group as a whole. After some manipulation, a special unit operator can use their weapon with all the attachments and exercise at short distances. At the same time, the recoil and the sound of shooting are preserved.
Standard equipment is enough to protect the body from the paint capsules leaving the barrel at a speed of 650 feet per second. But to protect the face, they use ballistic goggles and already well-proven protective mesh masks.
Ordnance and Tactical Systems’ solution is used by a number of special forces in Western countries. During training, their staff appreciated the good breathability of the masks and the protection of the face from small objects or hot cases. In addition, they allow the operator to hide their face, and glasses do not fog up with it, as is the case when wearing a balaclava. As a result, law enforcement officers increasingly began to use similar protective masks during special operations in places where they can be seen and filmed in the warm season.
The Blackbeard patch has repeatedly appeared in SEAL photos and was placed on Chris Craighead’s outfit during the tragic events of January 2019 in Nairobi, the capital of Kenya. At the heart of the patch is the pirate flag of Edward Teach, better known as Blackbeard. The flag depicts a devil with a spear about to pierce the heart, and an hourglass, symbolizing the finiteness of life. The flag carried a message to all oncoming ships, meaning “Do not try to resist, otherwise you will inevitably die.”
Chris Craighead explained the presence of this patch on his sleeve because, while working in Kenya, he could not use patches of real special forces: at that time, he was a soldier but not a part of any team. However, he wanted to follow the tradition, so he took the Blackbeard patch for himself because he liked the legend about this pirate.
Bishop’s outfit almost completely repeats the uniform of a British special forces soldier whom reporters captured during one of the urban operations in England.
The Ops-Core SOTR tactical respirator filters at least 99.97% of airborne particles of lead, asbestos, oil vapors, combustion residues, and even bacteria. It’s compatible with ballistic helmets, night vision goggles, ballistic goggles, earpieces, and standard microphones. Its main drawback is that it is not designed to protect against chemical warfare agents, but attacks with such weapons are unlikely in urban conditions.
The portable radio-controlled explosive device jammer is designed to generate radio interference in a wide frequency range to counter radio-controlled explosive devices and communication equipment. Selective suppression of mobile frequencies (GSM 900, AMPS/DAMPS, CDMA, GSM 1800, GSM 1900), Bluetooth and WiFi technology equipment, wireless phones, video senders of 2.4 and 5.8 GHz bands, and SW, VHF, and UHF bands.
The Crye Precision Adaptive Vest System (AVS) armor plating vest is a modular system that allows the user to assemble the configuration required for a specific task quickly. The system includes a Modular Riggers Belt, a cummerbund, various pouches, and platforms.
AVS also includes an StKSS element, a support element attached to the belt to distribute the weight of the body armor to the pelvic area, relieving the load from the spine without hindering movement.
Chris Craighead went to storm the captured building in Nairobi wearing AVS.
The Automated External Defibrillator is intended for use in emergency care outdoors and indoors, in adverse weather conditions. A powerful battery, maximum discharge energy, moisture protection, and a powerful case that can withstand a severe drop are the hallmarks of defibrillators in service with the military.
All information about the assistance provided is stored in the device and can be transferred via Bluetooth.
For this reason, Watson has the AED — Automated External Defibrillator — patch so that in an emergency, a service member equipped with a defibrillator can be seen from afar.