By David Crane
defrev (at) gmail (dot) com
All photos and video clips contained in this article were shot by DefenseReview.com, and are copyrighted. DefenseReview.com owns the copyright on these photos and video clips. The photos and video clips embedded below were shot with a Canon PowerShot S90 10-megapixel digital camera (still camera with video capability).
The following article is property of DefenseReview.com (DR) and is copyrighted material. If you are reading this article on another website other than DefenseReview.com, please email us the website address/URL (where the unauthorized DR article reprint is located) at defrev (at) gmail (dot) com. Thank you.
November 21, 2012
Last updated on 11/23/12.
Rob Anderson was kind enough to take DefenseReview (DR) through the U.S. Palm Draco Hardened Backpack (HBP tactical pack)/Multi-Platform Attack Rack (MPAR) tactical armor plate carrier (body armor) system recently at HALO Counter-Terrorism Summit 2012. The connective tissue of the system is the "horse collar system", officially called the Enhanced Harness System (EHS) collar, which acts as an interface connecting the tactical armor carrier in the front to the pack, creating the “Agile Combat System” (ACS). Both the pack and the carrier hold hard armor plates (Level III or Level IV anti-rifle plates), so the pack becomes the rear protective element of the carrier.
The US Palm Draco HBP sports a purpose-built internal pocket designed to hold the rear hard armor plate at the top of the pack to protect the wearer's vital organs (heart, lungs, etc.). The MPAR tactical armor carrier panel version that we saw featured a kangaroo pouch for mounting rifle mag pouches (5.56mm, 7.62mm NATO, or even .50 BMG Barrett mags, potentially) internally.
All U.S. Palm packs are jumpable with quick-releases, and have all been jumped. The Draco features a mini-vis panel the operator can deploy for identification from the air or ground at a distance, which can not only help identify the operator, but also help prevent blue-on-blue/green-on-green engagements. The Draco/MPAR's quick-release system can be used to release the pack with mini-vis panel and toss the pack on the ground with the panel up to mark a location for aircraft. The mini-vis panel incorporates a 1×1" IR (Infrared) square panel for identification for night ops.
The Draco HBP tactical pack/armor carrier will hold a 17.3" laptop computer, by the way.
U.S. Palm also has lo-pro (low-profile) versions of the Draco/MPAR system for operators that have to blend with the locals. One new pack is called the Gryphon. There's also a 3-day version of the pack and tunnel rat pack coming out soon.
The following information comes from the SGC USA and U.S Palm websites:
The Draco HBP [Hardened Back Pack] is a small assault pack with a dedicated internal pocket designed to hold ballistic armor. This unique design allows the armor [soft, hard, or in-conjunction] to ride in the correct position on the user’s back. The Draco HBP also accommodates a hydration bladder. Given the ample MOLLE panels [external 7 rows x 6 columns and internal 6 rows x 6 columns] you can adapt the Draco HBP to any mission need. The Draco HBP is also fully jumpable and is 100% US Made/Berry Compliant.
Draco HBP Features:
- Small assault pack, integrated into our Desert Tracker, MPAR systems
– Integrated pocket to hold rifle plate armor (or Level 3A soft armor panel, both sold separately)
– Hydration pocket
– Internal and external molle panels
– Fully jumpable
- 1200 cubic inches
– 1000d Cordura construction
– Dimension (HxWxD); 17”x12”x6”
– Available in Ranger Green(RG), Coyote Brown(CB), Black(BLK), and Multicam(MC)
The Multi-Platform Attack Rack can accommodate up to (5) 30rd M4 magazines OR up to (5) 20rd .308 magazines OR any other combination of magazines and accessories you may need with a 2×14 MOLLE attachment spanning the exterior. There are (2) adjustable flap magazine/utility tool/mini smoke pouches as well. The large zippered main pouch can accommodate extra magazines or other larger pieces of gear. Side-top seams split for a holster, radio pouch, or knife carry. The bottom of the carrier allows access to the custom level IIIA soft armor panel (sold separately, MSRP of $199). MOLLE attachments for a groin protector or dump pouch are located on the rear of carrier. Additional accessories available: Holster insert for side-top split seam (black or khaki) Medical and Cargo pouches (Black, Multicam, OD, Ranger Green, Khaki & Coyote) Custom Level IIIA Soft Armor Insert
- 1in adjustable waist strap w/ dual side releases
– 2in QD shoulder straps w/
– MOLLE rows for knife pouch or COM cable routing
- Materials: 500d Cordura, YKK Zippers
– Colors: Black, Multicam, OD, Ranger Green, Khaki, & Coyote
– MSRP: $224.99 or $399.99 with IIIA Armor"
Company Contact Info:
© Copyright 2012 DefenseReview.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed without receiving permission and providing proper credit and appropriate links.
US PALM 45-Round and 30-Round Quad-Stack (4×2 config) 7.62x39mm Russian-Caliber Polymer AK Mags (Rifle Magazines) at SHOT Show 2012: The Kalashnikov AK-47/AKM Rifle Gets a Big Boost in Immediate Ammo Capacity/Tactical Firepower! (Video!)
US PALM Takedown/Breakdown AK (Kalashnikov AK-47/AKM Rifle/Carbine) with US PALM/Midwest Industries MI Rail Kit at SHOT Show 2012: Tactical, Practical and Backpackable AK for Military Special Operations and Civilian Tactical Shooters! (Video!)
Camelbak Ambush AB 500, Thermobak AB, and Linchpin Tactical Hydration Packs/Reservoirs with Direct Armor Attachment System (D.A.A.S.): Strap your tactical hydration directly to your tactical armor plate carrier/tactical vest system!
SOD Gear Spectre Shirt/”Battle Jacket” and Para-One Pants in Hyde Definition PenCott Multi-Environment Digital Combat Camo (Camouflage) Patterns at SHOT Show 2012: High-Tech Combat Clothing (BDU Type) for Military Special Operations Forces (SOF) and Civilian Tactical Shooting
FirstSpear (also written “First Spear”) High-End Tactical Gear/Equipment for Military Special Operations Forces (SOF) and Law Enforcement Personnel: Meet The Siege, The Sleeper, and The Beat Up PC (Plate Carrier) Tactical Armor Carrier Systems/Tactical Vests…and Other Tactical Delights.