Blackhawk was founded in 1993 by former Navy SEAL Mike Noell. BlackHawk's meticulous obsession with quality has made it the ops gear of choice for Special Operation units worldwide. Mike Noell's US Navy experience provided him the inspiration for the gear Blackhawk now manufactures. While operating 60 klicks inside Northern Iraq, Mike Noell had to carry a ton of gear by foot in an enemy minefield. The pack failed, dumping his gear into the mine-ridden ground. He claimed that if he got out of there alive he would work hard to produce a more reliable and dependable brand to replace what he had been using, which is exactly what he did. Upon entering the private sector he started making gear and packs in a garage; his business has been growing ever since. Quality and Innovation are paramount at BlackHawk and they intend to always push the limits of design and technology for product advancements that save lives. Over the years, BlackHawk has changed in many ways but their mission is still the same: to enhance operator efficiency, confidence, and mission completion.