BlackHawk Announces Night-Ops Illumination Tools Mike Noell, President and CEO of BlackHawk Products Group, announced today that BlackHawk is launching its newest proprietary product line, Night-Ops™, with the initial offering being the Gladius™ family of high-intensity, multi-function LED handheld and weapons-mountable lights.

Night-Ops has been chartered to develop and distribute the world’s most advanced illumination tools for use in the most hostile of low light environments.

Night-Ops is the result of the teaming partnership between BlackHawk Products Group and Strategos International. Blackhawk, the leader in tactical equipment today, can use its design and manufacturing capabilities to bring forward the ideas and concepts that Strategos, the leader in low light tactical training, has proven effective through years of in-the-field experience and observation.


Strategos International is lead by former Naval Special Warfare Operator Ken Good and decorated SWAT officer Vaughn Baker. This is significant as the energizing force behind Night-Ops is going to center around meeting the operational requirements of forward deployed forces and those of the law enforcement community. Mr. Good states “We are totally committed to serving the end-user and together, we and Blackhawk are developing tools that meet their demanding requirements. The Gladius is the first of these efforts.” “Ken and Vaughn have lead the way in developing low light deployment doctrine stemming from years of operational and training experience,” commented Noell “This makes for a formidable combination that will heavily influence the design of our future products.”

In addition to the tremendous input from Strategos itself, Night-Ops also has at its disposal, a powerful cadre of creative and experienced design engineers hailing from BlackHawk’s Delta Design Group and Jungst Scientific as well as a sales and marketing work force that draws from literally decades of first hand and often hard edged police and military experience.

Initial shipments of the Gladius will begin towards the end of the first quarter and will be available through the BlackHawk’s Authorized Night-Ops Dealer Program. For more information go to or the parent site

About BlackHawk® Products Group™
BlackHawk® was founded in 1993 by President and CEO Mike Noell. BlackHawk® is recognized as the world leader in supplying tactical equipment to the military and law enforcement markets. Having been trained as a Navy SEAL, Mike built a company dedicated to designing equipment for the preservation of life under the worst extremes.

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