Caliente Welcomes New Employee

Caliente is pleased to welcome their newest employee Allison Rowe to the team as their Marketing Coordinator.

Allison 1Allison is a recent graduate of Manchester University with two Bachelor of Science degrees in Marketing and Management. Originally from California, Allison moved to Indiana to go to school with her sister and encounter her first real winter but most importantly, to gain an outstanding education. Soccer1While attending Manchester, Allison was a part of their soccer and track teams as well as maintaining a perfect record on the Dean’s List. She is extremely excited to see what Caliente has in store for her and thankful for the incredible opportunity.

Caliente Thermal Targets now on GSA

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Caliente LLC is pleased to announce that its thermal targets are now available for purchase on GSA!  Caliente has the broadest offering of thermal targets on the market, including 120V powered standard temp, hot, and extra hot, 12V battery powered targets, and non-powered passive/reverse polarity targets.

Also featured on GSA are Caliente’s innovative table thermalization heaters for SIT’s and SAT’s, where the plywood is heated via a platform behind the lifter, saving on repeat ordering, maintenance and replacement.

Caliente’s thermal targets can be found by searching Caliente LLC at, or directly at the following link:

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Caliente is a HUBZone certified small business based in Fort Wayne, Indiana, and can be reached at +1 260-426-3800 or

Caliente SimIS Introduces Next Generation Moving Target

November 30, 2015

Orlando, Florida

Caliente SimIS, a joint venture between thermal target manufacturer Caliente and SimIS, specializing in robotic/modeling/simulation, introduced the next generation in moving target systems at the I/ITSEC Innovation Showcase on Monday.

The Caliente SimIS RHTT (Robotic Human Type Target) system is a mobile, four wheeled, robotic, trackless smart target developed for the military live fire training market and beyond.   The robot will react to various levels of engagement, differentiating between lethal hits, non-lethal hits, and near misses to exhibit human like behaviors and reactions, including replicating threats.  The Caliente SimIS RHTT improves training realism and accelerates the development of marksmanship and other human dimensions of warfighting by improving soldier readiness, situational awareness and resiliency.

Caliente SimIS has also released a white paper and spec sheet on the RHTT system, and will be demonstrating the unit at I/ITSEC Booth 533 through Thursday.  More information can be found at

Caliente is a HUBZone certified small business based in Fort Wayne, Indiana, and SimIS is an 8(a) small business based in Portsmouth, Virginia.  Contact Mike Kelly for more information – or +1 260-450-7167.

Inaugural Race For The Warrior A Smashing Success

Caliente, LLC was pleased to both sponsor and participate in the inaugural Race for the Warrior on Saturday, May 23rd at the Fort Wayne International Airport.

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The race was coordinated by the Fort Wayne Base Community Council to benefit local military families that face financial hardship.


Organizers targeted a goal of 250 runners, and were delighted that over 350 participated.


More coverage of the event can be found here:

More information on the Fort Wayne Base Community Council can be found at, where you can donate to the Military Support Fund.

Caliente/Caliente Defense Sponsors Race For the Warrior

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Caliente/Caliente Defense is pleased to help sponsor the upcoming Race for the Warrior 5/10k Run & Walk, Saturday, May 23, 2015 at 9:00am at the Fort Wayne International Air-Trade Center, benefiting the Fort Wayne Base Community Council’s Military Support Fund.  The fund provides immediate financial hardship assistance to local military members, to allow them to care for their families while remaining focused on their critical work in the support of our stated and defense of our nation.

Please visit to sign up to run, volunteer or financially support this great event!

Caliente Defense Exhibits at SHOT Show January 20th-23rd in Las Vegas

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Caliente Defense will once again be exhibiting at the SHOT Show next week, January 20th – 23rd in Las Vegas, Booth 8511, Level 1 of the Law Enforcement Section. This year we will be featuring our 12 volt thermal sniper targets and the Targabot robotic target system.

Caliente thermal targets have been featured at prestigious sniper competitions such as the International Sniper Competition and are used by U.S. Army installations including Ft. Hood, Ft. Bragg, Ft. Bliss, and Ft. Carson.

Click to view a brief video of our innovative thermal targets. 
The Targabot was also featured at the2014 International Sniper Competition and is one of the most exciting new products available for live fire training.  It is endorsed by world renowned competitive shooter Jerry Miculek.

Click to view a brief video of the Targabot in action.
Also, don’t miss your chance to talk with Jerry, Kay and Lena at our booth on Wednesday and Thursday for a Team Miculek meet and greet (and get a few pointers from the pros themselves).  We’re also having a live fire demonstration of the Targabot on Thursday.  Please RSVP with us prior to Thu 22nd, 12 noon.

Caliente Defense Booth Schedule:

Team Miculek Meet & Greet – Wed 21st, 3:15 – 4pm Booth 8511
Team Miculek Meet & Greet – Thu 22nd, 3:15 – 4pm Booth 8511
Targabot Live Fire Demo –      Thu 22nd, 2:00 – 6pm Clark County Shooting                                                        Complex,11357 North Decatur Blvd. Las Vegas

Caliente is Moving!

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Effective December 19, 2014, Caliente, LLC and Caliente Defense will have a new home!  Our new address will be 315 East Wallace Street, Fort Wayne, IN 46803.  Our phone and fax will remain the same, as will our website at

Why are we moving?  Because of the trust of our valuable customers and the faithful service of our superb vendors, we have grown beyond the 20,000 square feet we have occupied the last 9 years.  Our new facility is nearly 40,000 square feet, and will allow us to accommodate the growth we have planned over the years ahead.

So on behalf of the 25 families your business helps support – thank you.  We couldn’t do it without you, and we’re excited to continue working on innovative products that help differentiate your companies in the marketplace.  We very much appreciate our relationship with you!

Our New Address – 315 E. Wallace St., Fort Wayne, IN 46803


Caliente Defense To Unveil Three New Products At I/ITSEC 2014

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Caliente Defense To Unveil Three New Products At I/ITSEC 2014

Heated Ivan, Targabot Moving Target System, and Passive Targets

Caliente Defense announces they will be exhibiting three new products next week at the I/ITSEC show, Booth 627, December 1-5. 2014 in Orlando, Florida.  The products include:

  • Heated Ivan – More realistic 3D thermal target
  • Targabot – Moving target system for more realistic target presentation
  • Passive/Non Powered Targets – IR reflective target material

Caliente Defense Heated Ivan

Caliente Defense will be featuring its Heated Ivan thermal target system.  The Heated Ivan utilizes a robust and patent pending heating system to heat the plastic Ivan target to provide a high fidelity thermal target for live fire training. The Heated Ivan eliminates replacement of costly thermal blankets, reduces labor and maintenance costs, can be easily equipped on any A/C powered range, and is FASIT compatible.

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Caliente Defense will also be spotlighting its relationship with Targamite on the Targabot,a robotic target system that provides shooters with random target presentations. Lightweight and portable, the Targabot is an excellent training device for close range side arm to long range sniping and can also be fitted with Caliente’s thermal targets for even more realistic training. The Targabot system was recently featured as part of an event at the 2014 International Sniper Competition at Fort Benning.Caliente International sniper competition 2014 targabot

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Responding to the need for target training material in remote areas of ranges, Caliente Defense will also introduce a line of passive target material. The product will be supplied on rolls or cut into silhouettes and other armored vehicle sizes, and can also be supplied with printed graphics for more realistic training. The product complements Caliente Defense’s extensive line of 120V and 12V power thermal signature targets.

Military Training Technology 2014 Innovation Award Certificate

Come see why Caliente Defense was awarded a 2014 Innovation Award winner by Military Training Technology magazine – visit us at booth 627!

Caliente Defense is part of Caliente, LLC, a certified HUBZone Small Business headquartered in Fort Wayne, Indiana, with offices in Orlando, Florida, and manufactures thermal products including heaters, coolers, sensors and controls for various markets.   Find out more at or

Caliente is awarded “Innovation” award from Military Training Technology


Caliente LLC, an innovative manufacturer of thermal targets, is excited to
announce it has received one of ten Innovation ribbons from Military Training Technologies top simulation and training companies for 2014. Over 95 companies applied for the award.

The featured companies are from around the world and have made significant impacts on the military training and simulation industries across a vast array of technologies. Those that have made the most significant contributions to the training community were recognized with achievement awards including Best Program, High Revenue, Innovation, and Up and Coming.

“We’re very proud to receive this acknowledgment of Innovation from Military Training Technology for Caliente’s Table Thermalization Heaters” stated Caliente’s Director of Business Development for Military, John Farfaglia. “The award is validation we’re on the right track to help improve warfighter training while adapting to the realities of decreasing budgets and manpower.”

To learn more about Caliente’s award and Military Training Technology, visit their website at


About Caliente, LLC:
Currently in its 13th year, Caliente, LLC is an innovative designer and manufacturer of heating, cooling and control systems. Based out of Fort Wayne, Ind., the company provides energy efficient heater pads, PTC blower heaters, thermoelectric coolers, thermal controls, assemblies and wide area sensing arrays for telecom, military, kiosk, battery and lighting customers. Caliente is an ISO9001:2008 registered company, carries UL component recognition on its products, and utilizes a worldwide network of design and supply chain partners to effectively serve the global needs of their customers.


John Farfaglia: