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Just A Head’s Up, Big Things In May

We just got back from Bravo-3, and it was amazing. Truly, a great segway into some awesome events we have lined up in May. May 2019 will bring Darley Defense Days, ADS Warrior West, and SOFIC. What are these events? Well, let us break them down for you.

Darley Defense Days 2019

Darley Defense Days at Fort Bragg is going to have 70+ of the greatest vendors showcasing the newest and best technologies for our armed forces and active duty men and women. The event dates are May 7-8.For more information or to register to attend please follow this link: http://www.darleydefensedays.com/Attend/Event-Info 

ADS Warrior Expo West 2019

ADS Warrior West is a huge event featuring over 300 of the best vendors and creators of the most cutting-edge gear out in 2019. The expo will feature an opportunity to network, training, and product demonstrations. You know this expo is badass when they vet their attendees! ADS Warrior West will be held in San Diego on May 14-15. For more information or to register please follow this link: https://adsinc.com/warrior-expo/

SOFIC 2019

An incredible exhibition and conference that is not only going to feature the best companies with the best technologies, but also feature speakers and industry leaders that you’ll be able to engage with and learn from in real time. For more information or to register follow this link: http://www.sofic.org/

So, come see us and our newest products and innovations for 2019 at one of these amazing events. Please mention Explotrain, LLC sent you when you register. Mark your calendars, and we’ll see you there!

Explotrain Is Headed to Bravo-3!

Explotrain, LLC will be at Bravo-3 Integrated Training Conference and Vendor Expo on March 4-6 in Daytona Beach, Florida. We’ll have a booth showcasing all of our latest and greatest gear. So stop by, chat, and have a hands-on experience with our products. We look forward to being a part of Bravo-3 2019! Keep checking back for updates and booth info.

For more info on Bravo-3 please visit:

http://bravo-3.com/ or https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2019-bravo-3-training-conference-vendor-expo-tickets-43406986465

 

Explotrain to Battle it out in ThunderDrone

ANNOUNCEMENT!!!

Explotrain has been invited to participate in ThunderDrone hosted by SOFWERX on Sept 6th & 7th in Tampa, FL. ThunderDrone is a Rapid Prototyping Event being hosted in conjunction with the Doolittle Institute and U.S. Special Operations Command aimed at closing any gaps warfighters may face now, or in the future.
Explotrain will showcase both the Viper and Osprey class drones to display the broad variety of capabilities being provided to meet customer and warfighter needs.

Follow our links here for more information on ThunderDrone, SOFWERX or DRONEWERX.

Explotrain Makes the Prestigious INC. 5000 List

Explotrain is pleased to announce their inclusion of Inc. Magazines fastest growing small businesses in America on the annual Inc. 5000 list.

Inc. is a company that records and recognizes the top 5000 fastest growing private firms in the United States. They gather information on companies and compile the information to create their list. This year, they have announced that Explotrain, LLC. has earned a position on this prestigious list.

“Each year for 36 years, Inc. has recognized the fastest-growing private companies in America, and this year’s set of winners places the bar very high indeed. Companies that made the list, on average, have grown sixfold since 2013. During a stretch when the economy grew just 6.7 percent, that’s a result most businesses could only dream of.” -Eric Schurenberg, President and Editor in Chief, Inc. 5000 Media.

As an Inc. 5000 honoree, Explotrain LLC. now shares  Intuit, Zappos, Under Armour, Microsoft, GoPro, Timberland, Clif Bar, Patagonia, Oracle, and dozens of other alumni that have gone on to become household names. In addition to Explotrain LLC, the class of 2017 honorees also include Bitly and S’well.

Explotrain is dedicated and continues to work on improving training with safety, reliability and realism. As Explotrain pushes forward into new areas of training capabilities with the ExploDrone system, there is only room for growth and expansion as these new technologies are honed and evolve with the current training needs of the warfighter.

Global EOD Conference

Explotrain is participating as a vendor at the Global EOD Conference in Bethesda, MD this year. The dates are August 8th-9th at the North Bethesda Marriott Hotel and Conference Center. If you would like an up-close and personal viewing of our newest IED Drone training platforms, please stop by booth 316. Our President, Dean Preston and Business Manager, Bill Fiske will be on hand to answer any questions you may have about our new ExploDrone™ Drone systems, WIFI systems, X-WIIFE™ and compatible Inert Functional Training Aids (IFIEDs™) and Battlefield Effects Simulators.

[Join us for the 2017 Global Explosive Ordnance Disposal Symposium & Exhibition (GESE), produced by NDIA in partnership with the EOD Warrior Foundation as we examine training and technology requirements for the joint service EOD force. This year’s symposium will focus on the theme
“Realigning the EOD Force for the Future.”

The symposium will feature:
Three sub-track professional tenets in Counter IED, Counter UXO and Combating WMD
The Joint Improvised-Threat Defeat Organization’s Annual Technology Outreach event
Joint Service EOD Program Board updates
Service EOD Program Manager’s Capability Gap updates
Over 50 exhibiting companies
Interagency speakers/panelists to include ATF, FBI and the DHS Office of Bombing Prevention

Meet EOD wounded warriors and hear their personal stories of recovery and resilience first-hand in a unique panel setting while also bidding on unique gifts during an EOD Warrior Foundation Silent Auction. This year, we will be partnering with Johns Hopkins University Energetics Research Group to present technical papers addressing EOD threat solutions.]

For more information on Global EOD, please visit the NDIA website HERE.

If you cannot attend, but would still like to donate, please visit the EOD Warrior Foundation website at www.eodwarriorfoundation.org

UAS Weekly Featured Article

ExploDrone, the First and Only Available Drone IED Simulator and Test Training Aid

Explotrain’s Explodrone was featured in UAS Weekly’s publication, highlighting the importance of training now, rather than waiting to address the threat once it becomes more prevalent.

Explotrain® LLC, a Florida based small business, is taking the defensive response to the emerging drone threat straight to the troops through their development of a realistic drone based IED simulation and training system. With the first and only functional drone and simulated IED integrated device, Explotrain is addressing the vital and emerging threat of drone weapons in theater.

 

Asymmetric warfare by its very nature leads combatants on all sides to develop new weapons and defenses. The latest emerging threat in current conflicts is the use of sUAVs or drones as a method, not of reconnaissance, but delivering and deploying weapons in the form of explosives. The drone based IED delivery systems seen most recently in Syria, Iraq, and Afghanistan are just the latest step in the evolution of the improvised explosives threat.

 

While the US military is exploring multiple counter drone technologies, from electronic signal jamming and interception to laser based disabling systems, Explotrain has created the first and only drone based IED simulation system to be used in live training, testing and evaluation. As the recognized leader in products currently used for training against the conventional IED threat, Explotrain is using their patented technologies to accurately simulate IEDs delivered by drones and other Small Unmanned Aerial Systems (sUAVs).

 

“A key challenge in developing, testing and validating the current crop of counter-unmanned aerial systems (cUAS) is a lack of true simulators,” said Mr. Michael Hopmeier, a world recognized expert on cUAS system strategy and technology. “Faked YouTube videos and staged tests are entertaining, but they are what lead to so many casualties from IEDs just a decade ago.”

 

Working in conjunction with military, law enforcement and business partners, Explotrain’s new ExploDrone™ system is able to accurately simulate the two main types of attacks carried out by enemy drones. Lightweight pneumatic based Explosive Blast Simulators are carried by larger drones and are used to simulate attacks wherein the drone itself is used as an explosive device, akin to the Japanese kamikaze pilots of WWII. However, unlike their real world counterpart, these training drones and simulators can be reused indefinitely to save training costs. Additionally, smaller drones are used that carry simulations of the repurposed military and improvised munitions that are being dropped onto personnel, vehicles, or other military targets. These simulated munitions are interfaced with Explosive Blast Simulators pre-positioned in or on the target area to create the realistic effects so necessary to providing psychologically effective training to ground troops.

 

One of Explotrain’s partner companies, Inert Products, specializes in the rapid development and reproduction of ordnance and munitions and is capable of providing the wide array of Inert Dropped Aerial Munitions (IDAM™s) that troops and law enforcement are likely to face. By using these and other advancements in rapid manufacturing technologies, Explotrain and its partners are able to reduce costs while providing the rapid response to emerging threats now needed.

 

These advancements are used not only in training scenarios but also as a means of testing and evaluating new tactics and technologies without the risks and expenses of using them against a live threat.

 

Find more information on the ExploDrone HERE.

 

 

Drone IEDs: Taking Training to New Heights

Explotrain Introduces Explodrone Training and Simulation System for SUAV Threat

Drone Based IED Simulation System for Military and Law Enforcement Training

Fort Walton Beach, FL:  While military, law enforcement, and security professionals are working diligently on defensive technologies to counteract the emerging threat of Small Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (SUAVs), one small business in Florida has adapted their existing technologies to create the first simulation system to provide effective training products.  Explotrain has led the Battlefield Effects and IED/EOD Simulation and training industries for several years.  Now, they have turned their attention skyward and created a realistic and effective simulation system to replicate this rapidly developing threat.

Explotrain’s president, C. Dean Preston said, “Since 1998, Explotrain has provided our military and law enforcement personnel with realistic training and simulation products versatile enough to allow them to reproduce the enemy’s threats and tactics as they emerge.  That versatility and realism are now allowing us to replicate the emerging threat of SUAVs, or drones as they’re more commonly known.  The rapidly evolving tactics and technologies of the enemy require a training system that can respond rapidly so that our troops are able to train against the new threats they will be facing today”.

Since the development of their training system and Model X-01™ Explosive Blast Simulator in 1999, Explotrain has invented and produced much of the technology used to train troops in the areas of Explosive Ordnance Disposal and IED Defeat on both land and sea.  The new Explodrone™ system now will allow training with simulated threats from the air as well.  The Explodrone System will be available for purchase in the fall through various government contracts or by contacting Explotrain directly.

5th Annual Anthony Forgione Memorial SWAT Competition

We were honored to assist Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office with the X-CAL and X-OHW for the 5th Annual Anthony Forgione Memorial SWAT Competition.

The training, hard work, and effort each team dedicated in preparation for the competition was evident as the teams made their way through each course of fire and every obstacle.

“Fifteen SWAT teams battled it out in the 5th Annual Deputy Anthony Forgione Memorial SWAT Competition hosted by the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office last month. Congratulations to the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office SWAT Unit for receiving 3rd place in this year’s competition.

The event honors former Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Deputy and Special Response Team member Tony Forgione. Deputy Forgione was shot and killed on July 22, 2008, as he and other deputies tried to apprehend a man who had walked out of Fort Walton Beach Medical Center after being admitted for a mental evaluation.

All proceeds from the competition benefit the Northwest Florida Chapter of Concerns of Police Survivors (COPS).” – Escambia County Sheriff’s Office

For videos of the individual teams during the hostage rescue (Day 2), please view the following links:

Team 1                                     Team 8
Team 3                                    Team 9
Team 4                                    Team 10
Team 5                                    Team 11
Team 6                                    Team 12
Team 13

Explotrain at I/ITSEC 2016

“The Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation and Education Conference (I/ITSEC) is the world’s largest modeling, simulation, and training conference. It is always held near the beginning of December in Orlando, Florida, USA, and it consists of peer-reviewed paper presentations, tutorials, special events, professional workshops, a commercial exhibit hall, a serious games competition, and STEM events for teachers and secondary students. I/ITSEC is organized by the National Training and Simulation Association (NTSA), which promotes international and interdisciplinary cooperation within the fields of modeling and simulation (M&S), training, education, analysis, and related disciplines at this annual meeting. The NTSA is an affiliate subsidiary of the National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA). Hence, I/ITSEC also emphasizes themes related to defense and security.”

INERT PRODUCTS ANNOUNCES PARTNERSHIP WITH EXPLOTRAIN

Since its inception in 2007, Inert Products has worked diligently to source and provide the highest level of training equipment available worldwide. In that time, Inert Products has grown to be the leading manufacturer of realistic training aids within the industry. Constant analysis of training requirement needs and expectations ensures that only the best products available today are offered. This ongoing process has presented Inert Products with an opportunity to increase and expand our coverage within the Battlefield Effects market.
Effective November 1st, 2016, Inert Products will proudly begin offering Battlefield Effects manufactured by Explotrain, LLC of Fort Walton Beach, Florida. This new partnership will enhance and solidify Inert Products’ ability to provide highly specialized training equipment and patented technologies with a broader scope and increased depth. The collaboration of both company platforms provides the most comprehensive solutions offered within the training and simulation marketplace.

“The partnering of our two companies creates an unmatched capability within the industry. Combining the effect simulators and systems developed exclusively by Explotrain, with the vast product line of IEDs and functional training devices offered by Inert Products, provides for total coverage in any training scenario.” – Robert Rozzi, CEO of Inert Products

Interactive training systems developed by Explotrain will enhance and enable the functional devices created by Inert Products, providing a new level of training technology and capabilities with a broader offering of high level training solutions. Integration of these product lines provides the total solution approach and will continue to elevate capabilities throughout the training and simulation industry.
In the coming months, Inert Products and Explotrain plan to announce several advancements which will impact training standards throughout the industry. Inert Products and Explotrain are aligned in their mission, to provide the best possible training platforms to those who defend and protect us.