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At the MILIPOL Cyalume presents its new accessory for Cyalume lightsticks: the CyPouch tactical holder for the company’s lightsticks. CyPouch is a compact and ambidextrous pouch that is easy and quick to reload. It has been designed for use while wearing gloves. Its fitted with a MOLLE fastener allowing attachment to a belt for example. Its addition is easy and discrete and ensures the preservation of the lightsticks` performance. The pouch is available in 5 colours: Coyote, Multicam, NATO Green, Black, and Dark Blue. With a capacity of 20+ lightsticks, CyPouch can contain 6’’ (15 cm) and 4’’ (10 cm) lightsticks.

The holder is also designed with 3 reusable metal rings allowing attachment of the lightsticks in a bundle as well as internal and external elastic loops to take extra lightsticks.

CyPouch operation principle is simple: The pouch can be used in a bundle configuration as well as in holster configuration. In bundle configuration, to prepare the bundle, the operator customises the pouch contents by choosing which size and colours of lightsticks (visible/IR) they need and then threads them onto the metal rings and elastic loops. In operation, the pouch is deployed by pulling the upper tag of CyPouch which opens the double zipper: the bundle is now available to the user. To release a lightstick from its attachment, firmly grasp the lightstick and pull down. Then just simply activate it manually. All operations can be made by one gloved hand.

Cyalume lightsticks are photosensitive: an extended exposure to ultraviolet light will affect the performance and decrease the lightstick’s effectiveness when activated. To maintain their performance before being activated by the user, the manufacturer Cyalume has developed the CyPouch tactical pouch. In tactical environments the users of Cyalume lightsticks need to prepare their equipment before commencing their mission. Now thanks to CyPouch, the foils protecting the 6’’ and 4’’ lightsticks can be removed in advance to save time; the lightsticks can be stored within the CyPouch as an easy to reach, protected, accessible marker separated by colour or size by simply using the metal loading rings and/or the internal and external elastic loops. The CyPouch can be configured in a bundle format by attaching it vertically, or as a holster, by attaching it horizontally with its MOLLE fasteners.

Cyalume lighting solutions are used by armed forces, law enforcement agencies and first responders (police, firefighters) to mark, signal and identify the most dangerous situations, including combat operations or natural disasters. As a key player in the lighting market for the armed forces, Cyalume offers lighting products in various colours, shapes and sizes. With a simple push or bend, Cyalume ChemLight sticks are activated, providing instant light from 5 minutes to 24 hours depending on product shape. The Cyalume ChemLight range is complemented by retro-reflective and photoluminescent products.

Christian Kanig