Posts Tagged ‘Boeing’


January 18, 2014

Washington Free Beacon on January 16, 2014, reported that Boeing had been one of three contenders bidding for a $4.5 billion order of 36 fighter aircraft from the Brazilian Air Force (FAB). Its F/A-18E/F Super Hornet had been competing alongside the Rafale fighter from France’s Dassault Aviation SA and the single-engine JAS-39E/F from Saab Aerospace in Sweden. Excerpts below:

Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff declared in a surprise announcement on Dec.18 that the Swedish aircraft was the winner of the long-running competition.

The Boeing aircraft had been a strong contender in the FAB tender, partly because F/A-18E/F would bring with it several other prominent U.S. firms such as electronics giant Raytheon and General Electric’s Aircraft Engines division. These firms stood to place major investments into the Brazilian economy as part of their bids, which could have made the Boeing choice politically popular in advance of Brazil’s 2014 elections.

Boeing has been committed to making an entrance in the Brazilian market. The Chicago-based firm made a major investment last year by lending its international maintenance network to support the overseas operations of the KC-390 cargo/aerial tanker aircraft that is built by Brazil’s national aerospace manufacturer, Embraer.

The company also opened a high-profile corporate office and technology center in Brazil and had hired a former U.S. ambassador, Donna Hrinak, to be the Boeing in-country vice president.

The single sale of 36 fighter aircraft may not seem like a major blow to Boeing, said an aviation industry analyst with close connections in Brazil, but the United States could lose out on future sales as well as economic benefits of entering an emerging market.


October 23, 2013

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.