Apache Program Manager Chooses ENVELOP. . . Again
maintenance officers) to protect the Canopy/EFAB (Extended Forward Avionics Bay) from the extreme temperatures of the desert to which Apaches are routinely deployed. All previous tests have shown that ENVELOP Protective Covers maintain, within 10 percent of ambient temperature, the equipment they cover. That’s good news for Army Aviation because unprotected aircraft on the sunbaked flight lines of Iraq and Afghanistan can easily reach temperatures that exceed 160 degrees in cockpits and avionics compartments.
In June, the Kuwait Air Force was provided with covers for the M-TADS, Canopy/EFAB, 19 Shot Rocket Pods, Environmental
Control System (ECS), HADS and M230 Chain Gun. They are presently evaluating these covers for future purchase.
For more information on ENVELOP Protective Covers for Army Aviation assets, contact Mark Bechtel, aviation team lead, at mark.bechtel@ envelopcovers.com.
ENVELOP Tactical Rifle Cases Have Arrived
Environmental and climatic factors like heat and rain, humidity, or dust can threaten more than an operator’s comfort. In combination, these inuences can cause weapons to malfunction and place the life of the operator at risk. To defend against this unacceptable outcome, consider the ENVELOP Tactical Rie Case M4/M16.
Originally developed for the U.S. Navy, the ENVELOP cover has quickly become the preferred choice in corrosion prevention throughout the U.S. military. anks to the unique, patented technology, individual operators are now able to protect their weapons with the same technology that is used to protect every Navy CIWS, Marine Corps M777, and Army HIMARS — to name a few critical systems.
e ENVELOP Tactical Rie
Case M4/M16 oers unmatched corrosion protection. e case protects the rie by repelling
moisture from the outside while at the same time wicking moisture away from the rie and expelling it.
An ENVELOP Tactical Rie Case M4/M16 oers ve layers of patented protection.
Tough, flexible, waterproof outer shell allows moisture to evaporate from inside.
Nylon honeycomb provides shock protection and helps the case maintain its shape.
Layer of corrosion inhibitors conditions the microenvironment inside the case.
Superabsorbent matrix stores and releases water through the case’s outer shell; it can also depress the humidity inside the shell, thus preventing condensation.
Innermost layer quickly wicks any water away from the rie’s metal surfaces.
In addition to anticorrosive properties, the case also provides the user with these accessories.
One case fits both the M4 and M16.
Four double-stacked magazine pouches (8 magazines total).
Two large pockets for additional storage (optics, cleaning gear, etc.).
Two internal muzzle pouches
t to the M4/M16 for added stability.
Sizing to handle weapon plus optic plus magazine (inserted).
Tactical Rifle Case
To learn more about the ENVELOP Tactical Rie Case M4/M16 and how this case can enhance combat readiness, visit www.envelopcases.com or contact the Shield Technologies military representative in your area.
Navy Guns Benefit from Custom Cover Upgrades
Recently, Shield Technologies Corporation rolled out an improved version of its ENVELOP MK-38 Mod 1 25mm Machine Gun cover. Using comments and suggestions received from U.S. Navy and Coast Guard sailors, the changes to the cover make it easier to install and allow for improved preventive maintenance checks.
“e war ghters in the eld and in the eet are the system experts and we take their input seriously,” says Je Vold, director of military markets for Shield Technologies. “ey are the operators and maintainers of the equipment and, as such, have
rsthand knowledge of what works
and what doesn’t.”
Feedback provided by sailors onboard the Navy’s 179-foot patrol coastal (PC) ships and the Coast Guard’s 110-foot patrol boats (WPB) proves Vold’s point.
Working closely with the Gunners Mates from both the Navy and Coast Guard, changes were made to the previous MK-38 cover.
e closure ap was moved from
under the barrel at the front of the mount to a position running down the right rear area of the mount. Additionally, the ap seal was doubled and several more buckles were added to the closure to ensure the opening of the cover remains closed in even the most dicult conditions.
“Gunners Mates on these Navy ships and Coast Guard cutters were reporting that the ap on the front of the cover was being pulled open by the waves coming over the bow of these small vessels,” said Jim Oaks, Atlantic Fleet technical support representative and retired Warrant Gunner. “Installing the cover while the vessel was under way was dicult at best. e
crucial changes have eased the burden on the sailor.”
Because the opening was in the front of the cover, the technician had to remove the entire body of the cover to perform maintenance checks for the Gun Control Unit. With a strong wind coming over the bow, the main cover was dicult to get back on the mount due to the ballooning eect caused by the wind. Now, with the opening along the right rear area of the cover, the technician simply has to open the seam and fold back the corner to observe the indicator lights. is simple change allows for reduced man-hours dedicated to the daily checks over the long run.
e redesigned cover
still features the breathable characteristics and water absorbent material found in the original design that has been shown to
ENVELOP Aircraft Covers: “They Look as Good as They Perform”
Shield Technologies Corporation is designing and testing a myriad of ENVELOP Protective Covers for Navy and Marine Corps xed-wing and rotary-wing aircra. e Department of the Navy has demanded that its services squadrons have the very best corrosion protection and defense against various other environmental eects and hazards that are so costly for airframrcraft Covers weapons systems, and engine components. A recent example is the delivery of Boeing F/A-18C Hornet exhaust covers to the “Fighting Swordsmen” of Strike Fighter Squadron THIRTY-TWO (VFA-32) based at Naval Air Station Oceana, Virginia. e covers were custom designed specically for the ghter and attack aircra of the Hornet and Super Hornet series that are now so prevalent among Navy and Marine Corps squadrons. Over the last 18 months, the design team at Shield Technologies worked extensively to perfect the Hornet aircra’s engine exhaust covers. A Pacic Fleet strike ghter squadron outtted with the protective
covers is currently operating in an overseas-deployed status; its maintenance technicians report that the covers provide superior overall aircra engine protection and are highly eective in reducing aircra maintenance
have a return on investment of over 14 to 1. According to the commanding ocer of one Navy PC, “e ENVELOP covers were a real lifesaver over there (northern Arabian Gulf).”
e improved MK 38 MOD
1 cover (P/N 113048) is currently available directly from Shield Technologies through GSA contract (GS-07F-9386S). ey can also be ordered through the Defense Logistics Agency using the assigned National Stock Number (NSN 2090-01-519-5640) or via credit card by contacting Shield Technologies directly.
For more information on this or any of the ENVELOP Protective Covers, or to make suggestions for cover designs and improvements, contact your eet technical support representative.
in the harshest operating environments. An added bonus for these military units is that they also look great on the aircra, presenting a smart, uniform ight line appearance.
82nd Airborne Calls on ENVELOP for Unmanned Aircraft
Covering the Oil and Gas Indsustry
Drilling Riser Joints
Army Aviation Shadow
Shield Technologies continues to demonstrate the custom design versatility of its ENVELOP Protective Covers. e latest military asset to demand the very best environmental protection is the Shadow Tactical Unmanned Aerial Vehicle system (UAV) of
the U.S. Army’s 82nd Airborne Division.
In May, Shadow UAV platoons in both the 1st and 4th Brigade Combat Teams of the venerable 82ndAirborne at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, were elded with ENVELOP Protective Covers. Each
ENVELOP Protective Covers are being used to protect vulnerable and highly valuable equipment across a spectrum of markets in some of the world’s harshest environments. A recent application has been the protection of drilling riser joints in the oil and gas industry, components of which can be up to 70 feet in length.
Shield Technologies worked closely with Presserv, its Norwegian distributor, to develop an integrated solution that uses ENVELOP covers to protect the end of the risers. Additional vapor corrosion inhibitors (VCIs) are used to protect the inside of the joints. is complete system protects the risers from corrosion and environmental damage while being stored in yards or on rigs for extended periods of time. Shield has supplied numerous oil and gas industry companies with custom covers for equipment previously unprotected from the elements.
Contact Warren Hoskinson at email@example.com or 713-829-0717 for more information.
platoon received covers for the Shadow aircra itself, the launcher, arresting brake, Data Interface Box (DIB), key components of the One System Remote Video Terminal (OSRVT) and the Tactical Automated Landing System (TALS). In just a few hours, soldiers from each platoon learned how to properly install, remove, and care for the covers. Later this year, each of these units will deploy in support of the Global War on Terrorism. While deployed, the units will provide feedback on eectiveness and durability of the ENVELOP covers in protecting the Shadow and its equipment. e Shadow is a vital system for tactical commanders and has already own more than 225,000 hours in both Iraq and Afghanistan.
For more information on ENVELOP Protective Covers for army aviation assets, contact Mark Bechtel, aviation team lead, at firstname.lastname@example.org.