SIKORSKY, BOEING UNVEIL NEXT-GEN DEFIANT MILITARY HELICOPTER

Fox News on October 22, 2013, in an article by Allison Barrie reported that Sikorsky and Boeing revealed the name of their new Joint Multi-Role (JMR) helicopter tech, “Defiant,” at the Association of the United States Army Annual Meeting & Exposition — one of the largest land warfare expositions in the world, held every October in Washington, D.C. Excerpts below:

Within the next two decades, the JMR helicopter program will replace the popular current Apaches and Black Hawks helicopters.

On Oct. 2, the Army announced it plans to invest $217 million in the first phase of the Future Vertical Lift initiative that is developing the JMR. The Defiant team is in the running with three other teams including Bell Helicopter/Textron, AVX Aircraft Co. and Karem Aircraft, each of which received $6.5 million to begin initial work.

The Army will narrow down selection to two teams who will then build prototypes for flight tests next year.

Who attends?

Each year more than 30,000 attend from the U.S. and foreign countries. AUSA attracts a mix of active military, retired and civilians from the U.S. as well as abroad.

Government funding freezes also failed to discourage foreign countries from taking the opportunity to showcase their latest and greatest at the annual event.

Last year, representatives from 49 countries ranging from Argentina and Chile, Benin and Cameroon, through to Bosnia and Denmark, Russia and Ukraine over to Asian countries like Japan and Singapore.

There are nine international pavilions: United Kingdom, Turkey, Korea, Israel, Germany, France, Canada and Australia.

Ever wonder what a Korean MRE would taste like?

The South Korean Pavilion has the answer. Harvest Charm Food, purveyor of instant rice, noodle and kimchi type products, has been providing the South Korean military with their MREs for more than 30 years.

The pavilion is also featuring companies like Hi-Saver that makes a light reflective skin for fluorescent tubes to save energy alongside companies like Dasan Machineries that make rifle barrels, pistol parts and more along the weapons line.

Over at the Israel Pavilion, Seraphim Optronics revealed a new surveillance solution.

Less than ten pounds, the ROSS is a lightweight surveillance system that is remotely controlled and images day or night. Only just over ten inches by six and a half inches, it compact and can be left unattended to get on with covert surveillance.

Seraphaim Optronics specializes in electro-optical systems for military, paramilitary and civilian markets.
Team Defense Australia is featuring more than twenty companies this year.

From ammunition and fuses through to turrets and mine clearance, their companies are offering quite a range of tech.
And when the drinks start pouring freely on the exhibit floor at the end of the day, year in and year out, their patch tends to mop up as most fun national pavilion – a smart way to attract business in a highly competitive environment.

Defense specialist Allison Barrie has traveled around the world covering the military, terrorism, weapons advancements and life on the front line.

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