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Fresh DR articles from SOFIC 2011 (Tampa) on the way soon, and heading to NDIA Small Arms Systems Symposium 2011, today.

By David Crane defrev (at) gmail (dot) com May 23, 2011 DefenseReview (DR) saw and handled a veritable plethora of will be cool and interesting hardware and technologyat the 2011 Special Operations Forces Industry Conference (SOFIC 2011), and we’re going to start publishing articles on it very shortly. We’re actually still on travel, and we’re flying out to the 2011 ... Read More »

Mystery Low-Observable/Stealth Helicopter Used for Usama Bin Laden (UBL) Compound Kill Operation/Raid: Is it a Stealthified Sikorsky MH-60M Black Hawk Helicopter? Here’s what we know…

By David Crane defrev (at) gmail (dot) com May 8, 2011 Last updated on 5/09/11. The recent photos of the mystery low-observable/stealth helicopter’s intact tail boom and rotor wreckage left at the scene of U.S. Naval NSWDG/DEVGRU’s (formerly SEAL Team Six, or ST6) kill operation/raid on Osama Bin Laden’s/Usama Bin Laden’s (OBL/UBL) “compound” has provided much fodder for speculation as ... Read More »

Sikorsky X2 Coaxial Compound Helicopter Technology Demonstrator Aircraft Achieves 287.69 MPH: Is the Sikorsky S-97 Raider Compound Helicopter the U.S. Army’s Future Light Tactical Helicopter?


By David Crane defrev (at) gmail (dot) com April 28, 2011 Last updated on 5/08/11. The Sikorsky X2 Compound Coaxial Helicopter Technology Demonstrator Aircraft has been receiving a significant amount of positive media attention, lately, and for good reason. The X2 is a very interesting and seemingly highly-capable/high-speed dual-rigid-rotor compound helicopter prototype that achieved 250 knots (287.69 mph) in level ... Read More »

ELTICS Black Fox Active, Adaptive IR Stealth System / Electronic Thermal Infrared Countermeasure System: Multi-Spectral Thermal/IR (Infrared) Adaptive Camouflage/Cloaking System for Combat Vehicles, Helicopters, and Warships Coming soon to a Battlespace/Theator of Operations Near You!


By David Crane defrev (at) gmail (dot) com April 25, 2011 Thankfully, there would seem to be no end to the Star Trek future-technology legacy. DefenseReview (DR) recently published a short article on Blucher Systems’ Ghost and Spectralflage anti-thermal/IR multispectral combat camouflage tech/hardware for infantry soldiers (Ghost) and combat vehicles (Spectrralflage), respectively. Well, an Israeli company called ELTICS Ltd. is ... Read More »

Northrop Grumman Maritime Laser Demonstrator (MLD) Shipborne High-Energy Laser (HEL) Tested Successfully: Next Stop, Somali Pirates!

By David Crane defrev (at) gmail (dot) com April 16, 2011 DefenseReview (DR) recently published a short piece on the SPA Defense/XADS TR3 Laser Rifle for ship defense/anti-piracy ops, which is a rather powerful, yet non-lethal, green laser (visible laser) weapon meant to temporarily blind, disorient, and disrupt the enemy. The TR3 would appear to be an effective and useful ... Read More »

U.S. Army Issues New “Individual Carbine” Draft RFP (Request For Proposal): How will the Army’s Next Carbine Improve on the Colt M4/M4A1 Carbine, and will it still be an AR? DR has some ideas…

By David Crane defrev (at) gmail (dot) com February 8, 2011 Updated on 1/12/11. About a week ago, on January 31, 2011, the U.S. Army issued a Draft Request For Proposal (RFP) W15QKN-11-R-F003 for an “Individual Carbine” to supposedly replace the Colt M4/M4A1 Carbine, a direct-gas-impingement (DGI) AR-15 carbine configured to U.S. military specifications. Of course, the Army looking for ... Read More »

SPA Defense/XADS TR3 Laser Rifle for Ship Defense/Anti-Piracy Operations: Hit ‘em with the Big Green Laser Beam!


By David Crane defrev (at) gmail (dot) com All photos contained in this article were taken by, and are copyrighted. owns the copyright on these photos. The photos were shot with a Canon PowerShot S90 10-megapixel digital camera (still camera with video capability). January 28, 2011 Alright, this one was, hands-down, one of the coolest things DefenseReview (DR) ... Read More »

DR Exclusive!: SureFire MAG5-60 and MAG5-100 High Capacity Magazine (HCM) “Quad-Stack” AR Rifle Magazines: 60-Round/Shot and 100-Round/Shot AR (AR-15/M16) 5.56mm NATO Box Magazines for Significantly-Increased Firepower during Infantry Combat and Tactical Engagements of All Sorts


By David Crane defrev (at) gmail (dot) com December 3, 2010 Last updated on 9/25/13. Since DefenseReview (DR) has been covering polymer AR magazines in our previous two stories, it's only fair that we publish one on some very cool enhanced-capacity metal mags (aluminum mags)–and this one's a biggie, folks. O.k., he're we go: SureFire is getting into the tactical ... Read More »

GunSafe iPhone App for Gun Owners and Collectors: Store and Archive All Your Weapons’ Data/Information Virtually and Securely

By David Crane defrev (at) gmail (dot) com November 15, 2010 DefenseReview (DR) recently started using a cool and useful iPhone app designed specifically for firearms owners and collectors. It’s called GunSafe, and it was designed and developed by Ryan Kirkman of JK Supply Co. (Ione, CA). JK Supply Co. is a small yet great tactical firearms dealer/FFL that’s very ... Read More »

Metaflex Flexible Metamaterial (Flexible MM): The Future of Adaptive Camouflage / Visual Cloaking Technology? The quest for invisible infantry soldiers continues.


By David Crane defrev (at) gmail (dot) com November 6, 2010 DefenseReview (DR) has been publishing information on adaptive camouflage (a.k.a. electro-optical camfouflage, optical camouflage, active camouflage, chameleonic camouflage, invisibility cloaking technology, visual cloaking tech, visual spectrum cloaking tech, etc.) for quite some time. We’ve reported on both metamaterials (a.k.a. MMs, negative-index materials, negative-index metamaterials, and/or left-handed materials) research at ... Read More »