A friend of the blog – Mikhail – sent me a link to a comprehensive assessment that he and his group – ComTac Systems – has done on the recent UKSF Newcastle photoset.

Yes, it’s in Russian.

However, it’s well worth running through Google Translate and as far as I know there’s nothing comparable in the public domain right now:


Here’s the direct link:


I think it’s an excellent assessment.

There are a couple of things I disagree with, but the point of making a hypothesis is so that it can be tested more widely through peer review.

Lastly, thanks to Mikhail for name checking The Reptile House as the catalyst for ComTac’s own analysis.

Here are my original articles on the subject:

Newcastle L119A2s Part 1

Newcastle L119A2s Part 2

Newcastle AVS Customisation Kit

Newcastle Arc’teryx Gamma MX Softshell