SOF - Special Operations

SOFIC 2017: Equipping the SOF warrior (video)

22nd May 2017 - 12:00 GMT | by Grant Turnbull in Tampa


At this year's SOFIC exhibition in Tampa, Florida, Shephard spoke to the officer responsible for acquiring equipment for SOF operators on the ground and the challenges being faced in these uncertain times.

One of those challenges is operating when the sun goes down as adversaries establish night-vision capabilities on par with those of coalition forces. As Col John Rein, PEO SOF Warrior Systems at USSOCOM, told Shephard: 'we no longer own the night'. 

In addition, his office is currently responsible for rolling out the Ground Mobility Vehicle 1.1, which has just received its full rate production decision and will be deployed operationally next month.

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