Check us out at SHOT Show in Las Vegas!

Caliente, LLC will be joining an amazing list of more than 1,600 exhibitors at the 2017 SHOT Show, January 17-20, at the Sands Expo Center in Las Vegas, NV.

The SHOT Show is the world’s most comprehensive tradeshow for professionals involved with the shooting sports, hunting and law enforcement industries. It attracts an impressive 64,000 industry professionals from all 50 states and more than 100 countries.

NEW PRODUCTS displayed at booth 8511

Caliente, LLC will be featuring its new Zero Degree reverse polarity material along with its new Friend-Foe shotshow-logo-downloadThermal ID target. The Zero Degree passive material requires no power and does not need to be angled to display an effective thermal image downrange. This material is also thicker than previous films, allowing it to last longer before the need to patch or replace it. Our new 12V Friend-Foe Thermal ID target has the special capability of switching from “friend” to “foe” in a matter of seconds. By simply turning on one of the power supplies, the target will display an enemy holding a gun. In the off position, the target displays an unarmed civilian.

For more information, come to our booth and meet face-to-face with our team members to discuss the implications of these new products or contact Mike Kelly at

See full details to register at We look forward to seeing you at 2017 SHOT Show!

Caliente exhibiting at I/ITSEC Booth 2731 in Orlando, FL

On November 28th through December 2nd Caliente will be exhibiting their new Zero Degree reverse polarity thermal target material in Booth 2731 at I/ITSEC.booth-placement

Caliente’s new Zero Degree reverse polarity material overcomes the biggest issue with previous passive materials – that they had to be angled at 10 degrees to demonstrate an effective thermal image. Field testing at 400 meters has shown the new Caliente Zero Degree material overcomes this issue, with a much clearer and higher contrast thermal image.

The material is also thicker than previous films, allowing it to take more shots before the need to patching or replacement, providing a higher return on investment. These non-powered thermal targets are ideal for ranges where power is limited, and use a strong pressure-sensitive mounting adhesive that bonds to even wet plywood.

Whether powered or unpowered, Caliente offers the broadest and most robust line of thermal targets in the industry, including 120V, 12V, Zero Degree reverse polarity, table thermalization and specialized sniper targets. Please visit us at I/ITSEC Booth 2731 and check out our website to learn more.

I/ITSEC is the world’s largest Training, Simulation and Modeling conference where businesses from across the nation present the best in training equipment and simulation technologies for our forces in the field as well as those at home.

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

Junior Achievement Top 100 Entrepreneurs


Our president, Mike Kelly, spoke to Leo High School Students this morning about his incredible journey of becoming an entrepreneur. Working with Junior Achievement in celebration of Entrepreneurship Month, Mike and 100 other entrepreneurs in the region are taking part in the November Campaign to educate high school students about the benefits and challenges of creating their own business. This campaign will inspire a new generation to use their ideas and expertise to build a better life for themselves and their communities. Junior Achievement works with caring adults to “empower young people to own their future economic success by enhancing the relevancy of education”.

Mike Kelly receives 1st Source Bank Ernestine M. Raclin Community Leadership Award

Each year, 1st Source Bank presents the Ernestine M. Raclin Community Leadership Award to employees of its business clients who are leaders in the community and exemplify the spirit of volunteerism. 1st-source-awardAs many as ten employees of locally owned companies are selected by a panel of blue ribbon community leaders. Our CEO and Founder, Mike Kelly, was graciously given this award for his active involvement and commitment to the community through his volunteer service. Mike led Redeemer Radio through its transition to a 24/7 radio station with broadcasts across northern Indiana. He is also active with Saint Vincent de Paul Parish and the University of St. Francis’ School of Entrepreneurship. Mike not only exemplifies what a true leader and volunteer should be, but he embodies it in his everyday life by continuously putting his time and effort into helping others.

Caliente Receives Top Simulation and Training Company Award

For the third year in a row, Caliente is being recognized by Military Training Technologies (MT2) with the Innovation Award as one of the Top Simulation and Training Companies. This award is based off of total military sales, end-user feedback, innovations and the need for a solution. We are honored and proud to be ranked as one of the top companies in all four of these categories. We continue to make a significant impact in the military training industry and have built strong relationships across the military because of it. The passion we have for developing innovative products that meet the needs of our clients is what separates us from our competition. We are looking forward to another outstanding year.


Follow this link to check out our award page and visit our website to see what we offer

Caliente announces New and Improved website updates

Caliente is launching a new website later today  with added features that are geared towards you, our customers. Our goal is to expand the site and make it more user friendly. Our site will include a product search section where customers can see exactly how our designs will fit their needs. This includes product photos, descriptions, specifications, and features of almost every product in our warehouse, considering most of what we do is customized. Additionally, our site is now mobile friendly. We have created this easy to navigate design to help you find the information you need quickly and efficiently.

Head to today to check out our new website!

Caliente is heading to Baltimore for the 138th National Guard Conference

For the first time ever, Caliente will be exhibiting at the National Guard Association of the United States 138th Conference in Baltimore, Maryland. We will be stationed in Booth #1438 on September 10th through the 12th.


Featured at our booth will be our 2D and 3D heated Ivan platform thermalization targets, which are similar to our platform thermalization heaters for SAT’s, which sit directly behind the lifter and heat the target in the down position.  These carry a five-year life rating with an 18-month ROI vs consumable thermal targets.

Caliente will also feature standard E Silhouette targets, 3D Ivan insert thermal targets, and non-powered/passive targets in support of live fire ranges looking to field thermal targets ahead of new weapon qualification requirements proposed for 2018. For an added benefit, check out our thermal camera to see exactly how these targets will look in the field!      mt2_logo_vertical_rgb-500x443

Come see what Caliente has to offer and why we were awarded the 2016 Top Simulation and Training Company from Military Training Technology Magazine by visiting Booth #1438 or visit!

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

GSA Advantage!

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:

Caliente LLC GSA


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.