US Army selects ATK’s Blackhawk Serpa tactical holster system

13 January 2014 (Last Updated January 13th, 2014 18:30)

The US Army has selected ATK’s Blackhawk Serpa tactical holster system in support of its improved modular tactical holster programme.

The US Army has selected ATK's Blackhawk Serpa tactical holster system in support of its improved modular tactical holster programme.

Under the $24m five-year, indefinite delivery indefinite quantity and multiple source contract, Atlantic Diving Supply (ADS) will supply Blackhawk to the US Army.

Currently, the Serpa Holster is in operation with the US Marine Corps, US Army, Army Military Police, the German Army and other law enforcement and military agencies, both domestic and international.

ATK's sporting group president, Jay Tibbets, said that ATK has been selected by the US Army for the Serpa for their improved modular tactical holster programme.

"ATK is focused on delivering affordable and innovative products that meet the needs of our customers," Tibbets said.

"Our high-quality Blackhawk Serpa holster system has, once again, been selected by a US military organisation as an integral part of a soldier's standard issue equipment."

"ATK is focused on delivering affordable and innovative products."

The contract follows requirement to a soldier clothing and individual equipment for improvements to be made to the current army tactical drop-leg configuration holster system.

The Serpa holster provides increased modularity such as a drop-leg configuration that can be quickly transferred to a hip configuration.

In addition, Serpa provides capability to be worn or attached to current modular lightweight load carrying equipment (MOLLE), load carriage equipment such as rucksacks and the tactical assault panel (TAP) or on individual body armour such as the improved outer tactical vest (IOTV) or the soldier plate carrier system (SPCS).

The Blackhawk Serpa tactical holster system, which also complies with the Berry Amendment, has been assigned a national stock number (NSN) and is available to any unit in the US military including the National Guard.

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