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Defense Systems News

Raytheon aims Talon Laser Guided Rocket at Foreign and Domestic Customers

Army: JLTV on Track Despite Budget Uncertainty

Turkey Boasts New Predator Drone Clone; Displayed At AUSA

F-35 Test Jets to Undergo Burn In for F135 Engine Fix

Nano UAV Gets Night-Vision Capability

Army Studying Path Forward For Future Fighting Vehicle

Northrop Grumman Pitching New Humvee Chassis to Army

UK To Add Reapers to Air Power Operating in Iraq

Karem Aircraft confident military investment will bear fruit

Army Waiting for Hill OK To Build Upgraded Strykers

Northrop Grumman flies second MQ-4C prototype

New Ingalls Boss Focusing on Cost Performance, Agility


Inside the Beltway

Army Announces Continued Investment Decision for the Joint Multi Role Technology Demonstrator


REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala., October 3, 2014 - The U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Research Development and Engineering Center, in conjunction with the Program Executive Office, Aviation, announces the selection of two teams led by Bell Helicopter Textron Inc. and Sikorsky-Boeing for continued investment under the Joint Multi Role Technology Demonstrator Air Vehicle efforts. These teams will build technology demonstration aircraft with flight tests starting in 2017. The two other JMR TD teams, Karem Aircraft Inc. and AVX Aircraft Company, also offer technologies and configurations of interest. The Army will seek to continue technology development efforts with those teams based on resources and opportunities. "The intent of the JMR TD effort is to maximize the knowledge gain and risk reduction toward an anticipated Future Vertical Lift acquisition program," said Dan Bailey, JMR/FVL Program Director. "The baseline strategy based on the current funding allocation requires descope from the four initial designs to two for build and flight test."

Defense Systems Personnel

Lt. Gen. Joseph Votel, left, Adm. Bill Gortney, center, and Gen. John Campbell, right.

 Defense News notes that the Pentagon on recently announced a major change at the top of its training, counterterrorism and homeland security efforts, naming new heads US Special Operations and Northern Command, along with a new leader of the NATO force in Afghanistan:
-- Navy Adm. Bill Gortney, head of Fleet Forces Command, has been nominated to lead US Northern Command and North American Aerospace Defense Command. He would replace Army Gen. Charles Jacoby. 
-- Army Gen. John Campbell, vice chief of staff of the Army, has been nominated to lead the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan. He would replace Marine Gen. Joseph Dunford, who has been nominated to be the next Marine Corps commandant.
-- Army Lt. Gen. Joseph Votel has been nominated to receive a fourth star and to take over US Special Operations Command. He is the head of Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC). He would replace Adm. William McRaven, who is retiring.


Defense Systems Conference


IDGA/IQPC's UAS Commercialization Industry Conference (UASCIC) will bring together a group of early adopters, government officials, industry partners and expert academia to discuss their current trials, future requirements, extensive capabilities, and forthcoming plans to leverage Unmanned Aerial Systems in commercial markets.  To be held 17-19 November 2014 in Washington DC, all of the details are here.