BOOTHWYN, PA, July 21, 2015 — Kestrel® Weather & Environmental Meters has been selected by Marine Corps System Command to provide the material solution for the Scout Sniper Ballistic Computers (SSBC) program.
“Kestrel has proudly supported Marine Corps Scout Snipers with rugged environmental meters for more than 15 years, starting with the original Kestrel 4000 Weather Tracker, through to the Kestrel 4500 with Applied Ballistics selected on this contract,” said Nielsen-Kellerman (NK) CEO Alix James. “We are constantly working to develop solutions that make our warfighters more effective without weighing them down with unnecessary gear. We are honored that this selection confirms that we’re building what our soldiers need.” NK is the manufacturer of the Kestrel Weather & Environmental Meters.”
U.S. Representative Patrick Meehan (PA, 7th District) said, “The Marine Corps’ decision is great news for our warfighters. And having visited the Nielsen-Kellerman facilities in Boothwyn, Pennsylvania, and met the hard-working men and women who create this innovative product, the Marine Corps announcement is good for jobs and growth in Pennsylvania as well.”
The Kestrel 4500 with Applied Ballistics is a 4-ounce, hand-held meter that combines accurate wind, direction, temperature, pressure and humidity readings with a built-in advanced ballistics calculator and bullet performance database. The Kestrel outputs elevation and wind holds calculated for the precise weapon, round and target characteristics, allowing snipers to put first shots on target at 1000 yards and beyond.
The 887 Kestrel meters purchased will be supplied in a complete field support kit containing the following:
- Kestrel Shooter’s Weather Meter with Applied Ballistics ITAR Desert Tan Tactical
- Kestrel 4000 Series Screen Protection Kit
- Pelican 1015 Black Case
- Mystery Ranch Molle Soft Case
All Kestrel Weather Meters are designed and built in Pennsylvania, and the Kestrel Kit selected for this contract award is fully Berry Amendment and BUY American Act compliant. Broader adoption of the Kestrel with Applied Ballistics is anticipated as other services are presently evaluating its performance and capabilities.
This contract award will be supplied by long-time authorized Kestrel resale partner, ADS, Inc., a primary vendor under the Defense Supply Center Special Operations Tailored Logistics Support (TLS) Program.
NK designs, manufactures and distributes rugged, waterproof environmental and sports performance instruments for active lifestyles and technical applications across a variety of markets. NK brands include Kestrel® Weather & Environmental Meters, NK Rowing & Sports performance electronics, and Blue Ocean® Rugged Audio. Visit www.nkhome.com/kestrel/ for additional product information.
ADS Inc. is a leading solutions provider that proudly serves all branches of the U.S. Military, federal, state and local government organization, law enforcement, first responders, foreign governments and the defense industry. ADS equipment and support solutions include C4ISR, Combat Support, Medical, Operational Clothing and Individual Equipment (OCIE), Weapons and Optics as well as Special Missions, including CWMD, CBRNe EOD, First Responders and Maritime Operations.