Tag Archive | Night Vision

SHOT 2020 | Team Wendy

We first saw the new helmet cover at SOFIC 2019 but now they are officially available for all helmets (Ballistic, Carbon and LTP) for models with both Rail 2.0 and Rail 3.0. Covers are available in Black, Grey, Coyote, Ranger Green, Multicam and Multicam Alpine.

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Also officially available is the All-Terrain Mandible (non ballistic). This accessory can be now mounted to any helmet (Ballistic, Carbon and LTP) that features a Rail 3.0 set-up.
This non-ballistic version is an item in which a lot of teams have been really interested in, especially in Europe. A review of the All-Terrain Mandible will be online in the next few months.

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Attachment of Ops Core AMP Headset to Team Wendy Helmets

After winning the SOCOM contract the AMP Comms headsets have become ubiquitous and many teams have already fielded Team Wendy Ballistic SL helmets. This accessory is designed to seamlessly integrate the two systems.

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This drop-in liner, named CloudLine™ for its unique comfort grade, features the softest Team Wendy patented Zorbium® foam to-date, used in strategically placed hexagon-shaped comfort pads designed to prevent hot spots while maintaining protection. Furthermore, the exceptionally comfortable liner is optimized for the widest range of ground combat helmets on the market. Previous Team Wendy drop-in liners were developed around specs of the standard ACH/ECH helmets, while CloudLine is designed to fit a broader range of helmets, including those used throughout special operations communities.

  • Three impact liner pads (front, crown, rear)
  • Four thick hexagon-shaped Cloud pads
  • Seven soft comfort pads in various shapes and sizes
  • Ten Velcro® brand hook disks

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Study on Traumatic Brain Injury

Team Wendy has been selected as part of an academic research program for developing new strategies for detecting impacts and inertial forces that may result too high and have the risk of causing TBI. This research will be followed by the development of new technology intended to protect the user more from impacts that could potentially lead to TBI.

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SHOT 2020 | Unity Tactical

Every year we enjoy looking at the new products from Unity Tactical. Their approach is no BS and they truly cleverly solve really pragmatic problems. With a very close relationship with high level SOF teams, every year they launch products that provide solutions or reduce inefficiencies enhancing operators’ capabilities incrementally every year. We like this type of innovation.

ATOM 2.0

This is the second iteration of the very popular ATOM slide. If you are not familiar with the predecessor the ATOM slide is a modular optics solution for handguns, this came to the market long before most currently available solutions, and its quite possibly still the best design out there.

Since the first gen was launched in 2012 things have changed in the striker-fired pistol market. Glock still holds a very strong position but, with the acquisition of the M17 and M18, the Sig P320 is becoming more and more popular.

This lead Unity Tactical to design an updated version of the ATOM slide with a universal interface that could work on multiple platforms (including CZ P10C and Smith&Wesson M&P).

Just like ATOM 1.0, Unity Tactical will manufacture Glock 19, Glock 17 and Sig P320 slides

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Below are the photos of the demo model they were showing at SHOT.
The plates (made specifically for each optic) index from the side and rotate in position, then a tapered setscrew will lock the plate in position (avoiding rotation).

The two non-concentric cuts in the front and in the rear will provide locking to any upward, forward and backward force and movement.

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What is unique (and unexpected) is that Unity Tactical made this an open license for both OEM and custom shops and you can become a licensed ATOM partner. This, hopefully will become the M-LOK of handguns.

HOT Button

The Unity Tactical HOT Button is a low-profile ergonomically efficient remote switch for lights and lasers. It’s available in M-LOK and 1913 Piccatinny and is able to interface with Surefire, Streamlight and any Crane-Spec Laser (with a redesigned plug that fits better among all different manufacturers).
This type of switch allows a more accurate control over traditional tape switches bridging the gap between tail caps (secure for NDs but not always grip-efficient) and tape switches (more efficient but not as secure for white light NDs).   Also, the angle at which the HOT button is positioned allows a clean activation and to deliberately activate momentary or constant on.

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Growing popularity of handguards with M-LOK slots not only placed at the 3-6-9 o’clock positions but also at the 45 deg in between, two HOT buttons can be placed close to each other (due to the low profile design) and allow to control IR illuminator + Pointer with one HOT Button and visible light with the other.

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The HOT Button is also a very interesting solution for activating lights on PDW and very short rifles. Below is a photo of a Rattler with a 2-cell light; it would be impossible to active the light via tail-cap and a regular tape-switch would take up too much space.

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TAPS (Tactical Augmented Pressure Switch) from Unity Tactical and TNVC is a remote control for aiming devices and lights compatible with NATO/CRANE-spec laser ports, Surefire, Streamlights and Steiner lights.

The TAPS Sync allows to activate (for example) an IR illuminator and IR Laser with one button and the white light with the other button. Allowing to switch from IR to visible seamlessly.
If used with a digital aiming device such as the Wilcox RAID-X or the L3 NGAL, the TAPS Sync is able to override the settings on the aiming unit. For example in the photo below the RAID-X is set to IR (not 100% sure but could be IR illuminator + IR laser). If one button of the TAPS Sync is pressed the RAID-X fires in IR, if the other button is pressed the RAID-X fires the green visible laser and the white light mounted at the 3 o’clock position, even if the RAID-X is set to IR!

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FAST Mounts

Last year Unity Tactical released the FAST mounts for Red Dots and the FTC mount Aimpoint Magnifier, which were extremely popular. This year Unity adds the FTC mount for the EoTech G33 magnifier. It work with the same force to overcome principle as the Flip to Center mount for the Aimpoint magnifier.

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Unity Tactical also modified an Aimpoint FTC mount to accommodate for a thermal imaging unit to place in front of the main optic for detection.

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This mount is designed to rise LPVO higher, providing a fast and repeatable reticle acquisition, especially when wearing night vision, gas masks, helmets and other tactical gear.  The mount is available for 30 mm and 34 mm optics and it rises the optic’s center line to 2.06″ above the rail.

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The FAST LPVO mount is compatible with an optional offset MRDS mount that places the secondary optic to a peculiar position.
The MRDS is not placed at a 45 deg angle but at a 35 deg, this allows a faster transition between primary and secondary optic. The MRDS mount is also placed higher than “usual” for clearing the any laser devices or lights that might be placed on right side of the handguard.

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The BE MEyers MAWL is the laser device with the biggest footprint and usually it interferes with RDS on standard 45 deg mounts. The Unity Tactical MRDS mount for the FAST LPVO clears it.

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Remora™ Mount for 3M Peltor™

Remora™ for 3M Peltor™ Rail Adapters provides an accessory mounting platform directly overhead of the rail mount hub. It makes the most use of the very limited rail-estate on a helmet with rail-mounted comms that utilize the OEM rail mount assembly.

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Universal Helmet Adaptor for Ops-Core AMP

Because of the success of the Ops Core AMP COMMS headset within SOCOM, Unity Tactical is now manufacturing accessory plates that allow to mount this headset to multiple helmets. As you can see from the images below accessory plates are available for Mtek, Hard Head Veteran and Team Wendy helmets.

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Beacuse Operator NVG Recording Device

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SHOT Show 2019 | Unity Tactical

FAST Micro Mount

The FAST series of optics mount is one of the main new products for 2019 from Unity Tactical. These mount are designed to work with almost any tactical carbine optic on the market today (Leupold, Aimpoint, EoTech, SIG, Holosun, Vortex, Primary Arms…).
Innovative solutions, for very specific problems related to tactical (especially night vision) work, are not something we didn’t expect from Unity Tactical.

These mounts offer a similar solution to the optics world as the FUSION does to the IR/Lasers/Illuminators/Lights market: they provide a smarter and more efficient solution for tactical work.

This is achieved with a centerline of 2.26″; this extra height provides clearance for comms, gas masks and helmet mounted equipment.
It allows the operator to have a more natural cheek weld when using night vision passively, if the enemy has Night Vision capabilities.

In fact the neutral spine position reduces tension and fatigue in the neck and the shoulders, especially with the extra weight of ballistic helmets and NODs.

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Included within the Micro-footprint mounts are built-in fully-adjustable iron sights. The peep sight is adjustable for windage and it is possible to use a front sight post adjustable in elevation.
Because both elements are contained within the mount the sight radius is very short (1″) but it is certainly effective as a backup with all those platforms on which there isn’t any rail surface available for standard sights (Ideal for SMG and PDW with mission critical devices such as IR lasers / lights).
Short, but better than nothing.

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FAST FTC Aimpoint Mag Mount

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The Unity Tactical FAST FCT Aimpoint Magnifier Mount brings the optic unit at the correct height of 2.26″ centerline. It is designed for the 30mm magnifier and it will soon be available for the EoTech G33.
The extra height allowed to solve a very common and annoying issue with magnifiers. Instead of flipping the optic unit to the side, creating a snag hazard for close quarters and gear, the FAST FTC Mag Mount flips down, maintaining everything within the weapon’s footprint.
There are no switches, buttons or levers; only a 15 pound force to overcome. A very intuitive and rugged hinge design.

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FAST Riser

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In the attempt to solve the same issue for most Red Dot sights on the market, Unity Tactical had to use a different approach for any “block” style sight. This solution has been utilized in the past in similar fashions but Unity Tactical’s integration with the Optic/Magnifier/BUIS/AimingDevices ecosystem has been unique and innovative.

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The Riser accomplishes mainly two goals:
1) lift the centerline at 2.26 inches, ideal for previously mentioned uses and for integration with the FAST FTC Mag Mount.
2) Integrated Rear Flip-up sight, to allow for side mounting Back Up Iron Sights directly to the raiser itself, without losing any rail space for dedicated 1913 45° mounts.

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The FAST Riser is compatible with EoTech EXPs, Leupold LCO, Vortex UH1 Wilcox BOSS 300 and other sights with similar specs and dimensions.

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FAST Scope Mount

Unfortunately we weren’t able to take a photo on the show floor but here are some details.
The mount has a centerline of 1.93″. It will be available for 30 mm and 34mm tube diameters and with 0 and 20 MOA cant.
The main innovative feature is the modularity of it and how it integrates more weapon’s accessories into very little space (not unexpected from Unity Tactical).
Different modules will be able to bolt on to the side of the mount allowing to add either small Red Dot sight for CQB (Micro, RMR, DPP, ACRO P1…) or BUIS.
The Unity Tactical signature is in the thought process behind these modules: they are designed to have a very ergonomic offset but they are also slightly lifted to be able to clear the BE.Meyers MAWL mounted in the front.
All made in 7075-T6 Aluminum with type 3 hard-coat anodize.

Below is the image of the BUIS module bolted to the RISER for the EoTech EXPs.

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HOT Button

This is a remote switch that mounts directly on the M-Lok rail.

This very ergonomically efficient 45 degree switch allows for momentary or constant on activation with a clickable button.
It is compatible with Surefire, Streamlight and laser cables (ATPIAL-c, AN/PEQ-15, DBAL, MAWL…).


Unity Tactical has expanded their offering for the SPARK light for 2019.
SPARK will soon be available in Red, Blue, Green, IR and SWIR.
The light is completely enclosed and it is not reusable, but with 200 hour runtime and an MSRP of 12.99 it is a very effective and affordable solution for Mil/LE, USAR and First Responders.
The light is backed with hook tape and it is sold with an adhesive patch of loop tape.

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SHOT Show 19 | Team Wendy

A protective clip-on mandible will soon be available from Team Wendy. The first iteration will only be available with ballistic protection and will fit Ballistic EXFIL 3.0 helmet.

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The mandible will clip on in a dedicated slot of the rail and it will not interfere with visors and/or helmet mounted accessories with the exception of rail mounted hearing protection / comms.

With the ballistic visor applied, the mandible add protection from both the frontal sector as well as from the sides. A key feature is in fact the impact/ballistic protection added to the ears.

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SHOT Show 2019 | CORE Survival

Let’s take a closer look at the new products from CORE Survival showcased at SHOT Show 2019.
With a very close relationship between the company and the Special Operations community CORE Survival is able to design products that solve specific issues operators face during MFF, night operations or other activities.

By carefully and accurately gathering feedback from operators these products are designed, brought to life and thoroughly tested.

HEL-STAR 6 Gen 3 | Lead Jumper Light

During HALO or MFF ops there are times in which it is necessary to mark the lead jumper to achieve a safer and overall more smooth jump.
Because of the highly dynamic environment and the amount of lights that are usually visible in the jumper’s sight it is very difficult to distinguish to follow the lead jumper.
Beacuse of this issue CORE Survival has created a variant of the ubiquitous Hel-Star 6 that features a distinct D-pattern morse code to designate a specific jumper, usually the lead jumper. This feature is applied both to the overt settings for training or high altitude (visible light) as well as to the covert setting with a D pattern morse code IR strobe for operative use.

As you can see from the images below the Lead Jumper variant features a unique colorway (Tan + Black) to immediately and easily differentiating the device.

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The HEL-STAR 6 Lead Jumper variant is available with the following filed programmable modes:

A1 = Green (Flash)
A2 = Green + White (Bright Flash in morse D-pattern strobe)
B1 = IR Steady
B2 = IR Strobe in morse D-pattern

Agilite & CORE Survival Guardian

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The HEL-STAR 6 Gen 3 devices are now available in the IR Strobes in the SWIR spectrum, with the following filed programmable modes:

A1 = Green (Steady)
A2 = Green (Flash/Bright)

B1 = IR 1064nm (Flash/Bright)
B2 = IR 1550nm (Flash/Bright)

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HEL-STAR 6 Law Enforcement Variant

The LE Tactical model comes with very specific features and modes that are designed for the growing tactical Law Enforcement community. With much more night vision devices fielded everyday to officers all over the world there is a growing need for IR/visible devices able to recognize and organize officers during a tactical operation, especially when aerial overhead assets are involved.

Red/Green flash: Label separate teams in open area team movement (woods, parks, etc.). Valuable for real-time TOC intelligence.
• Flashing red during warm zone triage care of personnel who cannot self-extricate but are stable – RTF Teams can easily ID on approach.
• Green flash on Initial containment to indicate command post location.
• IR – easy team tracking using NODS, sniper NV overwatch or overhead helicopter cameras. Substantial improvement over past options (IR reflective patches) due to its 360-degree visibility.
Field reprogramming option is available with the purchase of a Programming Interface Module (PIM).

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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)


SHOT Show 2018 | Night Optics

SVTS Thermal Rifle Scopes

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New IR Illuminators

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SHOT Show 2018 | TNVC

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This analog clip-on device can be easily and quickly mounted on PVS-14s for image enhancement. As the name implies the Color-Tac delivers colored images to the eye of the user while looking through a standard Gen3 night vision tube.
What is known, for now, is that the relatively low cost of this unit (less than a the cost of a Gen 3 PVS-14) is achieved by utilizing the mechanical and analog rotating motion of  two polarizing filters at both ends of the tube. This sort of synchronized polarization of the two rotating units allows to assign “color” to each wavelength before and after being amplyfied through the NV tube. We could say that this system almost “tricks” the brain in perceiving the sight of color when it is actually receiving an encoded gamut of wavelengths which are supposedly different than the ones of the true colored image.    -This is not a 100% verified description of this technology-

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ShotShow2016: TNVC

Tactical Night Vision Company is the most reputable night/thermal vision company on the market. They are truly experts on the matter, here is part of our experience at their booth. Enjoy

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This is the new M-TEK Flux Carbon helmet. It features M-Lok rails, Wilcox L4 Shroud and a new shape for enhanced protection and comfort. Shot Show 2016 TNVC Tactical Night Vision Company Shot Show 2016 TNVC Tactical Night Vision Company Shot Show 2016 TNVC Tactical Night Vision Company Shot Show 2016 TNVC Tactical Night Vision Company

Here is their line of weapon mounted visors, both thermal and night vision. Shot Show 2016 TNVC Tactical Night Vision Company Shot Show 2016 TNVC Tactical Night Vision Company Shot Show 2016 TNVC Tactical Night Vision Company Above is their new weapon mounted dual-switch that works with 1913 rails and Keymod or M-Lok sections.

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Bushnell Equinox Z Night Vision

It’s always hard to get the job done when the sun goes down. Powerful lights have been helping us in many of these situations, but unfortunately we can’t always use such devices: in some situations we need to be able to see while not being seen. This is why, in the outdoors, we want use our eyes to adapt to the darkens and navigate through the environment using the surrounding natural light. However we don’t always have the possibility to utilize the light from moon or the glare of a nearby city reflecting off the humidity in the clouds to get the job done. Sometimes ambient light is just not enough. Bushnell Equinox Z 4.5 Bushnell_EquinoxZ_001  This is why, sometimes, is nice to have a device that is able to help us boost-up our night vision. To do this we had a chance to field test for about 6 months a night vision device: the Bushnell Equinox Z. Bushnell is well known for its quality product at an affordable price. Its well placed mid range product line was just the perfect fit for our needs.  Bushnell_EquinoxZ_004  Yes, Gen2+Night Vision Devices are cool but they are so damn expensive! It is close to impossible for a non professional user to buy a decent quality gen2+ device. Since only a few years ago, if you didn’t want to buy one of those really expensive ones, you had to move on to an old Soviet built analog device. Luckily there are companies like Bushnell that in the last few yeas have been producing good quality DIGITAL night vision system that are affordable and well-made. Unlike first generation NVG units, the Equinox is totally digital, mounting a CMOS digital sensor this device is capable of delivering a good crisp image to the user. While doing so the device is also able to record both still and moving pictures. The behavior of this sensor is similar to the one of a digital camera, but in this case it is optimized for infrared light. While it’s night vision, these units can’t see in total darkness without help up to 200-300 yards.  In this video the device’s IR illuminator is switched off so the only light source is the moon (1/4).

The Equinox Z monocle comes in three different variants: 3 x 30 mm, 4.5 x 40mm and 6 x 50 mm. Of these we had the chance to try out the mid version, the 4.5 x 40mm. The main difference between the three variants, apart from the dimensions, is the quality of the image: a bigger diameter of the lens will provide a more detailed image, especially at distance. Only measuring 164mm x 98mm x 62mm this device seems very compact and discreet and when not in use it can be easily stored in a cargo pocket. The weight is around 600 grams and considering it carries 4 AA batteries and it is IPX4 it isn’t bad at all!   Bushnell_EquinoxZ_009

The 4.5 x 40 mm version has quite some features and buttons, in fact it took us a while to get familiar with the device, especially at night time. The top side of the Equinox has 6 buttons well protected by a rubber armor: ON-OFF, Zoom In Zoom Out, IR settings, illuminator settings and RecordBushnell_EquinoxZ_003 On the lower side of the device is the tripod attachment point, with the traditional screw system. Next to it, under a protective cover, are three ports (TV Out, Mini USB, Micro-SD slot) and a switch (for still or moving pictures). t also features a Picatinny rail is on the side for mounting a more powerful infrared illuminator.

Bushnell_EquinoxZ_005  The unit we have reviewed has a lot of magnification for night vision. The more magnification you get, the narrower the field of view and this cuts into situational awareness. If you are scanning a large area, it is harder to spot something. On the other hand, if you do spot it, the higher magnification makes it easier to figure out what it is. To show you what the magnification on this system can do we have recorded with a tripod  an S&S Precision Manta Strobe (IR beacon) moving out to 1300 yards from one hill to another. The light conditions were not even the best, there was about 1/4 moon and it was cloudy.  To raise the bar for the Equinox we also recorded the same video in the same light conditions at the same distance with two green S&S Precision V-light blinking.  What we really liked about this night vision device is the crispness of the details in very low light conditions at a not so-close distance with the IR illuminator ON, to show you here is a video of a car moving from 50 yards to about 130 yards. (This video was recorded on a tripod)  This is a still image shot at about 40 yards to show you how, even with the 3 x magnification, you can shoot a crisp image while standing and with no light other than the IR illuminator. Bushnell_EquinoxZ_007 As you can see this device is capable of great results for a very affordable price, by the end of Q2 2015 it should be around $ 300. The many features of this device make it really adaptable and versatile for many conditions, whether you are a tactical shooter, hunter or just outdoors enthusiast the Bushnell Equinox Z is perfect for you. Because we didn’t treat it well at all we can actually saw that this device is pretty of tough, so maybe it wouldn’t be bad also for some semi-professional uses (nothing too risky, we wouldn’t rely on this in a life or death situation but it still gets the job done).

We have used the Equinox Z mainly in rural environments and we feel that this is its playground, it could be used also in a urban area provided that the IR illuminator is switched OFF (even with naked eye you can see a little red glare coming from it) or you can mount a third party IR flashlight on the Picatinny rail on the side. Other than that, we loved playing with it and we feel that from now on we aren’t going anywhere without it.

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