In pictures: the US military's worldwide defense expo
From eco-friendly hand grenades to next-generation aircraft for special forces, defense vendors from around the world brought their best to catch the eye of the U.S. Army this week.
The Annual General Meeting and three day Exposition of the Association of the United States Army held in downtown Washington DC over 22 through 24 October.
Vendors from across the U.S., both behemoth contractors and mom and pop shops, also trooped in for the meeting, which attracts over 36,000 members and guests annually.
Eight foreign country pavilions pitched up this year to impress the U.S. Army and win contracts in this tough climate of fiscal austerity.
It was Turkeys first year at this Expo and the company brought five vendors. In addition to the weapons that Turkey usually showcases, Turkish Gate Elektronik brought jammer systems for vehicles and rucksacks as well as a range of UUVs or unmanned underwater vehicles.
The U.S. titans in defense continued to go big this year with Lockheed Martin, Boeing and General Dynamics putting on the biggest wow factor floor shows. The Super Buffalo Mine Protected Clearance Vehicle dominated in the sheer scale game.
Australia brought the largest representation with 26 companies at their pavilion. Dentist in a Box made another appearance this year and now has FDA approval.
A range of capabilities was represented from Explosive Protective Equipment to ballistic protection eyewear by Blueye Eyewear designed for water, air and special operations.
South Korea went massive with two sites in the expo: a South Korean Defense Industry Association Pavilion and another collection of companies on the other floor totalling 21 companies the second largest foreign representation.
Wednesday evening saw the event drawing to a close, as guests explored the floor in mess dress and black tie mixing a pre-dinner drink with a last look at the latest in defense tech while en route to the Presidents Dinner.