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Bell's V280 next generation VTOL variantBell Helicopter is beginning to manufacture parts for its new V-280 Valor tilt-rotor aircraft, a next-generation helicopter being developed as part of the Army’s Joint Multi-Role Technology Demonstrator, or JMR TD program.

The program is an Army-led joint program designed to replace the Army’s current fleet of helicopters.

Bell unveiled a full-scale mock-up of the V-280 Valor on the floor at the Association of the U.S. Army’s Annual Meeting and Exposition in Washington, D.C., in order to showcase the configuration and design of its new high-speed platform. [Continue reading…]

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If Oshkosh Corp. has its way, military trucks will soon feature driver-assist safety systems similar to those found on commercial vehicles, from the BWM X5 to the Ford Focus.

Just a bigger, more intense system. [Continue reading…]

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Polaris Defense announced it will start shipping its newest, lightweight combat vehicle next month.

The Polaris DAGOR, short for Deployable Advanced Ground Off-Road combat vehicle, was developed to meet a need for a combat-utility vehicle, light enough to be sling-loaded into battle from a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter, Rich Haddad, general manager for Polaris Defense, at the Association of the United State Army’s 2014 Annual Meeting and Exposition.

The U.S. Army’s Maneuver Center of Excellence at Fort Benning, Ga., reached out to the defense industry earlier this year to see if it could build the new Ultra Light Combat Vehicle — a new effort to equip infantry brigade combat teams with go-anywhere vehicles capable of carrying a nine-man squad.

Polaris officials are planning to start ship the new DAGOR vehicles to U.S. and foreign special operations forces in November, but said the company plans to pursue a big-Army contract to make ULCVs if the service opens a competition. [Continue reading…]

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Next Generation  Helicopter ProgramThe U.S. Army is immersed in testing with two industry teams contracted to develop and build a fuel-efficient, high-speed, next-generation medium-lift helicopter to enter service by 2030.

The service’s Joint Multi-Role Technology Demonstrator, or JMR TD, program awarded development deals to Bell Helicopter-Textron and Sikorsky-Boeing teams to build demonstrator aircraft by 2017 to help inform the development of a new medium-class helicopter.

“These teams will build technology demonstration aircraft with flight tests starting in 2017,” an Army statement said.

Textron Inc.’s Bell Helicopter is building a tilt-rotor aircraft called the Bell V-280 Valor – and the Sikorsky-Boeing team is working on early testing of its SB> 1 Defiant coaxial rotor-blade design. [Continue reading…]

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fury-in-flightTextron Systems recently test-fired a new lightweight, precision-guided glide bomb from a Shadow drone at Yuma Proving Grounds, Arizona, in order to showcase the weapon’s technology to interested Army and Marine Corps officials.

In development by Textron Systems since March of last year, the Fury is a small 27-inch, 13-pound GPS and laser-guided bomb engineered to fly and fire from medium and large drones, said Christian Leimkuehler, vice president of Textron Precision Weapon Systems. [Continue reading…]

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