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Bell V-247 tiltrotor is an unmanned aerial system (UAS)

Bell Unveils Pilotless Tiltrotor Aircraft Model

Defense News reports that Bell Helicopter on Thursday unveiled a model of its new V-247 VIGILANT at the National Press Club in Washington DC, complete with a motorized demonstration of how the UAS can fold its wings and rotors for optimal storage. 

Air Force: Solving Tech Transfer Issues Crucial to Potential F-16 Production Line Move to India

Defense News reports on Air Force Secretary Deborah James' comments that issue of technology transfer is likely to be the sticking point on whether the U.S. Government sanctions the potential move of Lockheed Martin's F-16 production line to India.

U.S. Court upholds AgustaWestland Challenge of U.S. Army Helicopter Trainer Contract to Airbus for LAKOTA

In a decision taken this month after two years of deliberation, the U.S. Court of Federal Claims has sustained the protest of AgustaWestland over the Army's decision to award Army helicopter trainer contracts to Airbus/EADS.  Specifically, "the court has isues a preliminary injunction and remanded this matter to the [U.S.] Army for six months to: (1) proceed with a competitive procurement; (2) reissue a new Justification and Approval For Other Than Full and Open Competition, correcting the deficiencies identified herein and conducting a new Independent Government Estimate; or (3) no proceeding with this procurement."

Spy Agencies Seeking Leap-Ahead Surveillance Technologies

National Defense Magazine says that the Intelligence Advanced Research Project Activity is looking to develop several surveillance technologies that can help federal agencies prevent terrorist and, in some cases, cyber attacks.

Boeing and Saab roll-out T-X trainer offering

ANALYSIS: Europe looks towards emerging weapon technology

NNSA Rescinds $5b Nuclear Contract for Leidos Subsidiary

Pakistan navy rolls out new ATR 72 turboprop and ScanEagle UAS

Enlisted Airmen to Fly Half the Global Hawk Fleet

Counter-Drone Exercise Black Dart Expands, Moves To Eglin AFB


Defense Systems Market Analysis


  • Market Research Future has just released its new 5-year forecast of the Global Military Electro-optical and Infrared Systems Market.   The objectives of this 103-page report are as follows:
  • -- To provide insights about factors affecting the market growth.
  • -- To analyse the Global Military Electro-Optical and Infrared Systems Market based on various factors: price analysis, supply chain analysis, porter’s five force analysis etc.
  • -- To provide historical and forecast revenue of the market segments and sub-segments with respect to four main geographies and their countries- North America, Europe, Asia, and Rest of the World (ROW).
  • -- To provide country-level analysis of the market with respect to the current market size and future prospective.
  • -- To provide country-level analysis of the market for segment by types and applications.
  • -- To provide strategic profiling of key players in the market, comprehensively analysing their core competencies, and drawing a competitive landscape for the market.
  • -- To track and analyse competitive developments such as joint ventures, strategic alliances, mergers and acquisitions, new product developments, and research and developments in the Global Military Electro-Optical and Infrared Systems Market

    Defense Program Profile - Improved Turbine Engine Program (ITEP)

    ITEP candiate GE3000

    On August 22, 2016, the U.S. Army's Improved Turbine Engine (ITE) program awarded two Fixed Price Incentive Fee (FPIF) Technology Maturation and Risk Reduction (TMRR) contracts to develop a preliminary design for Army Aviation’s next generation turboshaft engine that will replace the current engine in the Black Hawk and Apache aircraft.  Recipients are General Electic and the Advanced Turbine Engine Company (ATEC), a joint venture of Honeywell and Pratt & Whitney.

    The ITE is a form, fit replacement for the T700 General Electric (GE) series engine (701D) that is in current operational use within the U.S. Army's Black Hawk and Apache fleets. With the form, fit design the ITE will fit inside the existing engine compartments of both the H-60 and AH-64E and provide significant power enhancement (3,000 SHP), increased fuel efficiency, and decreased sustainment costs. 

    On August 31st, officials from the U.S. Army PEO Aviation's Improved Turbine Engine/Future Vertical Lift (ITE/FVL) Project Office -- Richard Kretzschmar and Bob Sheibely (FVL) and LTC Curt Kuetemeyer (ITE) -- briefed the media and provided the program insight in response to query... details from DSJ's participation in the Q&A are found here...

    Defense & Aerospace Industry Meetings, Trade Shows and Exhibitions


    September 13-16 -- AIAA Space Conference & Expo (Long Beach, CA)

    September 19-21 -- Air Force Assocation (AFA) Air, Space, and Cyber Conference (National Harbor, MD)  

    September 27-29- Modern Day Marine (Quantico, VA) 

    October 3-5 - Association of the U.S. Army (AUSA) Annual Meeting & Exposition (Washington DC)

    November 1-4  - NBAA's Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition 2016 (Las Vegas, NV)

    November 8-10 -- SMI Group's Global MILSATCOM 2016 (London, England)

    November 28 - December 2 - I/ITSEC (International Training & Simulation) 2016 (Orlando, FL)  

    February 15-16 - SMI Group's 10th Border Security Conference (Rome, Italy)

    March 7-9 - Helicopter Association International's HeliExpo 2017 (Dallas, TX)

    March 13-15 - AUSA Global Force Symposium & Exposition 2017 (Huntsville, AL)

    April 26-28 - AAAA - Army Aviation Mission Solutions Summit (Nashville, TN)

    May 16-18 - Special Operations Forces Industry Conference - SOFIC (Tampa, FL)