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.