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Inside The Industry

Inside the Industry News

Welcome to our Inside the Industry section, which contains news and updates from within our industry. No fake news, no spin, just the true state of affairs in the "industry" that we operate in. While we hesitate to describe this as an industry, there is no better word to describe the type of business we operate and the general trade we participate in. Should that change, this section may be renamed in the future.

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  • Firearm Industry Updates - New Guns, Gun Accessories, and Ammunition Designs
  • Outdoor Equipment - Updated Designs, New Products, and Reviews

 



  • United Defense LLC at Eurosatory 2018 - Conference

    Conference

     

    What is Eurosatory?

    Eurosatory is an international Defence and Security industry trade faire / conference that is held every two years in the Paris-Nord Villepinte Exhibition Centre, Paris, France. In 2016 it gathered over 1,500 exhibitors and over 55,700 visitors. It is organized by COGES in partnership with the French Ministry of Defense.

    The exhibition is reserved for professionals only.

     

    Why were we at Eurosatory?

    Strategy

    As part of the United Defense LLC development strategy, we support and provide technical assistance to our foreign partners and their operations. Additionally, it is important for any company willing to grow or maintain its growth to be up to date with the industry. Therefore, we take pride in not limiting our strategy to fancy words on a PowerPoint and achieve both objectives joining partners at specific occasions. Going to Eurosatory and other national or international conferences demonstrates it

    Technology

    Eurosatory differs from other military conferences with its focus on new technologies and its international scale. You can visit and decide to purchase your IED jammers or your thermal imaging from the French, the Germans, the Americans, the Israelis, the Koreans, etc... It is extremely valuable to have the opportunity to compare similar products that are originally produced in factories thousands of miles apart. It saves a great deal of time to avoid flying to Korea or Germany if we can meet both manufacturers in the same hall.

    Network

    Finally, meeting face to face with companies instead of exchanging countless emails allows to develop better relations. On top of that, purchaser of technologies will be surprisingly welcomed when, for example, the Korean suppliers knows that you can simply turn left and walk 30 yards to discuss the same product offered by their Swedish competitors. Firm handshakes are irreplaceable. 

    At what other conference can you find us?

    As of today, we can confirm that we will be present at the 2019 ANME and SHOT. We plan to attend other conferences but nothing has been confirmed yet.

     

  • Where Can You Buy German Flecktarn Camo

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    Where Can You Buy German Flecktarn Camo?

    One of the most popular items in military surplus has been the uniforms, jackets, and gear from the German army that features the Flecktarn pattern. For more than a decade we've been able to buy and import tens of thousands of flecktarn parkas, rain jackets, backpacks, and other assorted gear.  NOT. ANY. MORE.

    There have been two persistent rumors that have come out of Germany as to why they will no longer sell any equipment that features their flecktarn camouflage pattern on it. We have been aware of this situation since the Summer of 2017 and it would appear that absent a change in government, there will never be any new sales of German military equipment of this type.

    So what is the story behind the end of sales of authentic German Army camouflage equipment?  We will share both stories, and you can decide which one is correct. Based on our extensive dealings in Europe, we would say both stories are correct.

    Would You Like To Buy A Flower Fräulein?

    We we first made aware of the "temporary" end of sales of Flecktarn based on an incident that happened in one of Germany's popular summer fairs. While walking through the festival, Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen was approached by an individual to buy a flower. Noticing from a distance that the man was wearing a German Flecktarn Field Shirt she thought perhaps this was someone who had served in the Army. Once he approached, she noticed his field shirt was adorned with offensive patches that insulted the government, the Army, and in particular people who would be classified with Minister von der Leyen.

    This encounter came shortly after the G20 riots that caused extensive damage and violence in Hamburg. When speaking to the man selling the flowers, it became very clear to Minister von der Leyen that he was directly involved with the "Antifa" group who staged these riots. Many of the rioters were seen wearing German army pants and jackets that featured Flecktarn camouflage and this caused alarm in the government. Now the Defense Minister was face-to-face with an organizer of this group, wearing German army clothing with offensive embellishments, trying to raise money for more rioting by selling flowers at a fair.

    Video Showing Riots at G20 in Hamburg - Many Rioters Wearing Flecktarn

    Shortly after this event, all sales for German Army surplus which had camouflage items were cancelled. These sales are posted on VEBEG and after monitoring the sales for over a year, we can say with definitive answer that there have been no new sales.

    Is Germany Fighting A War In The Ukraine?

    Once the Ukraine Civil War began, there was a scramble by all sides to arm themselves. "Somehow" a very large quantity of German military surplus gear, including current issue German Army flak jackets and uniforms ended up in the Ukraine. Was this provided by the German government?  Perhaps. Or was this equipment purchased on the open market, where it has been readily available for years - including all over Europe? Most likely.

    What caused great concern in Germany was these uniforms, many of which still had German Flag patches and unit designations, began to appear in the news. Worn by the nationalists in the Azov Battalion certain news media outfits spun a wild tale implying that these men in the Azov Battalion were a modern day "Fourth Reich" and the world knows how Germany reacts to this. Embargoes were instituted and now this group in the Ukraine appears to be wearing British Army camouflage and no more Flecktarn. The use of Flecktarn by non-state actors in conflict zones was the first reason given for stopping sales, yet sales continued for quite some time after this conflict subsided.

    Azov Battalion - Wearing FlecktarnAzov Battalion - Wearing FlecktarnAzov Battalion - Wearing Flecktarn

    Final Thoughts from Inside The Industry

    This change that has been made by the German Army to stop sales of Flecktarn camouflage is likely permanent and will never change. With Germany holding influence throughout the European Union, we may see this policy become part of EU law and end sales from European Union countries. We are reminded of a time we tried to purchase ceremonial swords in the UK and the government there was concerned about the swords being used by "ISIS" of all things. More restrictions and limitations of current issue clothing and equipment are virtually guaranteed.  We are just past the "good old days" of military surplus, so take advantage of what is here now, and don't miss out in the future.

     

     

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