Gen. David Allvin, Vice Chief of Staff of the U.S. Air Force, talks with AFWERX Spark Street booth exhibitors and Senior Airman Clayton Harris and Maj. Marcus Rosenthal after getting a technology demonstration at the Air, Space and Cyber Conference at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in National Harbor, Maryland, Sept. 13, 2023. (U.S. Air Force photo by Matthew Clouse)
AFA 2023 — And with that, the annual Air and Space Forces Association conference has come to an end. Before the show officially wraps up, however, please check out a gallery of the sights from the show floor, located in National Harbor, Md.
You don’t see too many turbofans on unmanned aircraft systems but PBS Aerospace hopes to change that. Besides drones, they’re also used for target drones, experimental aircraft, and ultralight helicopters. (Brendon Smith/Breaking Defense)
Whether you fly fixed wing or rotary wing aircraft, Centex has a helmet for you. Their suite of headborne protection systems manage hazardous conditions such as high-G, ejection, wind shear, noise and debris. (Brendon Smith/Breaking Defense)
Elbit Systems of America wants to jam with you. That is, they. want to help you jam others with their systems that target threat radars, multiple emitters simultaneously, and surface-to-air and air-to-air missiles. (Brendon Smith/Breaking Defense)
Augmented reality is going to be a boon to aircraft maintainers, in particular, and Amentum says it’s perfect for reducing troubleshooting time and increasing situational awareness and collaboration. The dummy agrees. (Brendon Smith/Breaking Defense)
CAE is here at AFA but their latest news came out of this week’s Defence and Security Equipment International (DSEI) conference. CAE signed an MOU with Textron Aviation Defense that expands efforts to support defense force preparation, integrate next-generation aircraft. and develop advanced capabilities. (Brendon Smith/Breaking Defense)
With decades of experience behind it, variants of the Aerojet Rocketdyne/L3Harris RL10 engine power the upper stages of United Launch Alliance’s Atlas V and Delta IV Heavy rockets. Two RL10 engines power the upper stage of ULA’s new Vulcan Centaur rocket, and RL10 engines also help propel NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS) rocket. (Brendon Smith/Breaking Defense)