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Sunday, September 1, 2013

Lockheed Martin Makes Early Bid for JMR/FVL Mission System

In a bid to corner early the new generation mission systems market for military helicopters beyond 2030, Lockheed Martin has announced that it will offer a mission equipment package (MEP) for the U.S. Army’s Joint Multi-Role/Future Vertical Lift (JMR/FVL) rotary wing program.

The company cites its existing experience of working with Department of Defense (DoD), although it also has similar dealings with international defense agencies in projects that include: modernized target acquisition designation sight/pilot night vision sensor (M-TADS/PNVS), Hellfire, F-35 electro-optical targeting system, target sight system, SH/MH-60, Merlin Mk2 and A-10. It has extensive relationships with Boeing/Sikorsky and Bell Helicopter. The third company openly declared in the competition is AVX Aircraft, which has not actually made any aircraft, but comprises mainly of experienced ex- Bell Helicopter employees.

Lockheed Martin notes that its MEP will be a “solution for multiple customers due to its open architecture and future airborne capability environment (FACE) software design.” Read the full story

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