Richard Elder in known in the industry for being the project officer for the team that developed the PCU, the protective combat uniform. A breakthrough technological improvement that has become the foundation of modern high performance and expeditionary clothing systems.
Now at Beyond Clothing since its acquisition by 5.11. Richard Elder formerly served as the executive director of Smith Optics Elite Division, where he led the development of the ballistic eye-wear program. Prior to Smith Optics, Elder spent 10 years as a US Federal Program Manager, developing equipment in support of the United States Special Operation Command. Prior to, he attained the rank of Sergeant and later, Captain, completing his tour in 2001 within the 75th Ranger Regiment, United States Special Operations Command. Elder also served in the United States Army for seven years as both an enlisted soldier and commissioned officer.
We had the unique opportunity to interview Rick and spend time with his team while visiting the Beyond headquarters in Seattle, WA.
- Manufacturing Capabilities
- Tier 1 Customers Requirements
- Combat Clothing vs. Expeditionary Clothing
- Tactical Companies vs Outdoor Companies
- Supporting SOF
- A diverse customer base
- Developing for the next challenge
- Integration between clothing and gear
- Next stage for mission clothing
- System vs. Garments
- Lutra Fabric
With the rising need of enhanced precision rifle on modern battlefields, the SOF community is looking closely at the possible implementation of precision cartridges, like 6.5 Creedmoor and .260 Remington, within an AR10 frame.
The need for precise fire from these platform requires and inherent higher degree of precision within the entire package, from the sniper rifle itself to optics and mounting systems.
To achieve reliability and consistency in precision the proper care and maintenance of these platform is key; the use of high quality and durable cases, for storage and transportation solution, aids the operators in successfully fulfilling the mission with confidence in their equipment.
The 13513 case is able to protect a fully assembled AR-10 platform (or variant) with a barrel up to 18″ with its accessories (suppressor, thermal/IR clip-on optics, laser devices and additional magazines).
The internal dimensions are (L,W,D): 1350mm, 350mm, 135mm [53 1/8 in, 13 3/4 in, 5 5/16 in].
4-MEN SEAL team INIFL by Zodiac & Cobat dive to emplace demolition charge, board vessel and occupy assault position
4-Man tams INFIL via MH-6 Little Bird (NS) to sniper and support by fire positions on TGH and TCC
5-man team on MH-60 HELOCASR with CRCC to secure enemy position
2-man SEAL team engages enemy sentries
MH-6 Little Bird returns to provide armed recon to assult teams
8-man team conducts a MH-60 Blackhawk FRIES assault and 2-man SEAL element boards enemy controlled vessel to rescue hostages
12-man team moves byt GMVs and ATVs to assult enemy CP
8a: 10-man team conducts a boat assault to secure enemy village and rescue hostage
8b: SOC-R boats engage OPFOR vessel
EXFL all units from OBJ area
9a: TCC Sniper Rappel
9b: TGH Sniper Pick-up via MH-6 Little Birds
9c: Boat/GMV EXFIL
9d: SPIES EXFIL
9e: EXFIL HELOCAST
9f: Repatriate Vessel
7-man team conducts MFF water jump
SureFire Scout Light Dual Fuel
SureFire V1-C Vampire (IR + Low red visible)
SureFire V1-B Vampire (IR + 250/5 Lumens white visible)
SureFire Scout Light M600V Vampire (IR + White light visible)
SureFire Fury Tactical Dual Fuel
SureFire 6PX Tactical
SureFire X400V Vampire
Dual Independent Night Vision Mount
This mount allows to use two independent devices with features that are usually present in dual night vision devices. The mount allows to fold upwards each device independently, also creating a much lower profile when stowed on top of the helmet system. The use of quick disconnect attachment points allows to have great versatility and flexibility allowing the temporary use of one single device (for example for aiming a primary weapon sight in passive night vision applications) or for utilizing a different unit on one side (for example a thermal device).
LAMG (Light Assault Machine Gun)
This belt features a retractable 4000 lbs Kevlar lanyard with Dyneema stitching. The thin profile of the belt allows the belt to be worn through the belt loops of most combat pants, for a safe use even when leg harnesses are not worn.
Team Wendy and Ops Core Helmet Skins
MATBOCK Skins are a multi-layer adhesive/fabric laminate designed to give the user the ability to camouflage any surface desired. The Skins are waterproof and oil resistant, can be reused multiple times and are certified Near IR Compliant.
LIFT Ladder + Carbon Poles
S-LIFT + Carbon Poles
At 6.5 feet long, the stretcher is long enough to accommodate all operators and has a maximum carrying capacity of 400 lbs for both the operator and his/her gear. The stretcher has 5 handles per side to give each team a multitude of configurations for carrying a downed man. When paired with the Combat Carbon Poles (sold separately), you get the lightest semi-rigid expedient medical litter / stretcher available at only 3.5 lbs total weight. Combat Carbon Poles found here
Additionally, the litter collapses and zips together to form an essential multipurpose lightweight bag for operators to collect items such as Sensitive Site Exploitation (SSE) Material or gear from a downed man. The bag is augmented with a single adjustable strap for easy carry when loaded, a drawstring to secure the bag contents, and is small enough to fold up and be stored in a cargo pocket.
Packs + Plate Carriers