The ALICE military backpack came into existence in January 1973. Designed to emulate older versions used in World Wars I & II, the Alice Pack was a necessity for the fighters in Vietnam.ALICE stands for All-purpose Lightweight Individual Carrying Equipment. This type of pack is still in use with the American military, though it is slowly being replaced with the MOLLE issue pack.The ALICE Pack was designed to lighten the overall weight of their pack. By changing materials and the makeup of the components, the U.S. Military was able to lighten the pack down to three pounds empty. This was a considerable difference from older versions whose lightest weight was at five pounds. By changing the heavy cotton material to a lightweight, water proof nylon, and the components from heavy steel to aluminum, the ALICE pack became lightweight and less burdensome to the solider.Designed with a pack on the back, two shoulder straps and a mid section belt, the ALICE design was made for easy carrying. The wide shoulder straps reduce the pressure put upon the shoulders from the weight of the pack and the multi function belt serves as weight distribution and additional carrying capabilities.Military packs were designed to provide the solider with carrying capabilities for the mission at hand and that mission only. This usually comprised of a change of clothes, firearm and ammunition, a canteen, field first aid kit and any other relevant items that relate to the particular mission. Objective, terrain and length of time were all considerations in packing an ALICE Pack. ALICE Packs were available in three sizes and were issued on a per case scenario.Slated to be replaced in 1988 by the military, officially this has not happened. The popularity of the ALICE pack among personnel has made the change over slow. Many of the ALICE components are capable of interchanging with the newer packs being used by the military.Popular with campers and backpackers you can find ALICE packs in many Army/Navy stores. The packs while no longer produced by the military are often found in their surplus lots. It will be a long time before the packs are no longer available.
Military binoculars are a great purchase for many hobbyists. Normal binoculars are often good enough for most enthusiasts. But for the extreme hobbyists a military model can greatly enhance enjoyment of their hobby. Although expensive, they can be a worthy investment for some people. Unfortunately, people hesitate buying one because they don’t know exactly where to start. Military binoculars are not typical everyday items. You won’t find a guide to buying one in Consumer Reports. Here are some things you need to consider.First of, familiarize yourself with what your needs exactly are. For example, if you are a bird watcher, you might not need the extreme range of some of the more high end models. The trees in a forest will be more of a limiting factor for your vision than your lens. Night vision might also be a useless feature, depending on your viewing habits. On the other hand, if you are buying a pair of marine military binoculars, waterproofing will be absolutely essential. Consider your exact needs will allow you to buy a pair that is right for you. Buying a model as minimalist as possible will not only save you money but allow you to buying a overcomplicated one that is difficult to use.The price of military binoculars is often another obstacle for potential buyers. Although they know it will greatly enhance the enjoyment of their hobby, they find it hard to justify spending hundreds if not thousands of dollars on an object. There are several ways you can save a great deal of money. Try shopping at military surplus stores. Often they will have military-grade models at a great discount. Look into buying a refurbished model. If it is restored properly it will work as good as new.
Military radio aerials are transducers designed to transmit or receive electromagnetic waves which are converted into electrical currents and vice versa. These Military radio aerials are used in point-to-point radio communication, radars, wireless LAN and even in space exploration. These can be used in air, underwater, underground and even outer space. Satellites are used to send and receive data to facilitate this mode of communication.Military aerials are wire of structure arranged such that it generates and radiates the electromagnetic waves when an alternating current is applied. Their size too differs according to the type of system being used; they are even mounted on bionic bugs to spy on enemies. Most military radio systems and military aerials give undeterred comm-links.Usually amateur radios are used in military comms – these are mostly used for emergency needs. Amateur radio is not dependent on the local or terrestrial facilities as they sometimes fail. The military radio aerials improvise a signal which ensures a regular dependable performance and all times from any place on the earth as long as the frequency is known. This makes them ideal for use during disaster relief and other remote operations.These can be used at the time of active war & terrorist attacks; they ensure safety from commercial and industrial espionage and safe communication to research institutions, etc. Military radio aerials are very powerful and can meet the diverse needs of the military forces and other institutions.These aerials are secure to use because as soon as war breaks out the enemies first target is to cripple the communication system as a part of the strategy to isolate the enemy. Aerials are stand-alone, light and portable. The difference between an antenna and an aerial is that an antenna is a large metallic structure, known as a transceiver as opposed to an aerial which is a wire which can be held in any direction to facilitate communication – in fact it can be adjusted to transmit and receive radio frequencies just like it elder larger cousin. There are different kinds of aerials – a single vertical aerial that transmits signals at 360 degrees or in the form of a sphere. There are mobile aerials on cars, truck, cell phones and radio aerials which transmit in different patterns due to which the different radio channels at different frequencies are possible.They have different frequency receptions and capacities depending upon the type of communication system installed. The best communication system is when the signals are sent and received in an uninterrupted manner even in places like underground bunkers, through thick rocks and caves or other remote locations like the tops of mountains and deep cervices in the hills, on the high and deep seas in the submarines.Generally huge reception antennas are used for the base stations but the military radio aerials are ideal for the operations on temporary or mobile bases as they are light weight, easy to carry and setup, thus very crucial for military ops.