FARBBOROUGH 2016 AIR SHOW REPORT
FARBBOROUGH 2016 AIR SHOW REPORT
The biennial Farnborough International Air Show 2016 was held from 11th to 17th July 2016 at the Farnborough Aerospace Centre Hampshire Airfield in UK, had a strong participation from all the major Commercial and Defence Aerospace & Aviation manufacturers including Airbus Group, Airbus Defence & Space, Airbus Helicopters, BAE Systems, Bell Helicopters, Boeing, Bombardier, CAE, Cobham, Chemring, Dassault Aviation, Elbit Systems, Embraer, Engine Alliance, Eurofighter, FLIR, Leonardo-Finmeccanica, GE Aviation, GKN Aerospace, General Dynamics Gulfstream, HAL, Harris, IAI, Irkut, Kongsberg, L-3, Lockheed Martin, MBDA, Orbital ATK, Pilatus Aircraft, Pratt & Whitney, Rafael, Raytheon, Rockwell Collins, Rolls-Royce, Rostec, Rosoboronexport, Russian Helicopters, Ruag, Saab, Safran Group, Sikorsky, Sukhoi, Terma, Textron Aviation, Textron Systems, Thales, United Technologies Corporation (UTC), UTAS, etc. Farnborough 2016 had over 1,500 Exhibitors from 52 countries participating, with 23 International Country Pavilions.
FARBBOROUGH 2016 AIR SHOW REPORT
The biennial Farnborough International Air Show 2016 was held from 11th to 17th July 2016 at the Farnborough Aerospace Centre Hampshire Airfield in UK, had a strong participation from all the major Commercial and Defence Aerospace & Aviation manufacturers including Airbus Group, Airbus Defence & Space, Airbus Helicopters, BAE Systems, Bell Helicopters, Boeing, Bombardier, CAE, Cobham, Chemring, Dassault Aviation, Elbit Systems, Embraer, Engine Alliance, Eurofighter, FLIR, Leonardo-Finmeccanica, GE Aviation, GKN Aerospace, General Dynamics Gulfstream, HAL, Harris, IAI, Irkut, Kongsberg, L-3, Lockheed Martin, MBDA, Orbital ATK, Pilatus Aircraft, Pratt & Whitney, Rafael, Raytheon, Rockwell Collins, Rolls-Royce, Rostec, Rosoboronexport, Russian Helicopters, Ruag, Saab, Safran Group, Sikorsky, Sukhoi, Terma, Textron Aviation, Textron Systems, Thales, United Technologies Corporation (UTC), UTAS, etc. Farnborough 2016 had over 1,500 Exhibitors from 52 countries participating, with 23 International Country Pavilions.
The Farnborough International Air Show 2016, the biennial Aerospace showcase in UK for the world of aviation took place from 11th to 17th July 2016, repeating the success of Air Shows reaching new markets and territories. This was underpinned by an increase in international participation and for the first time, Austria, Brazil, Republic of Ireland and South Korea had dedicated Country Pavilions, bringing the International Pavilions to 23 this time.
China also had its first dedicated pavilion representing a 103% increase in footprint and a 98% increase in spending. German participation had also doubled since last time, with a total of 1,500 exhibitors from 52 Nations participating in 2016. Other exciting new additions for 2016 included a Special Boeing Pavilion celebrating their Centenary, during the show. The Civil and Commercial delegations programmes exceeded expectations with 29 representative groups from key and emerging markets. The Military delegations programme saw a high level presence from 66 countries.
With most of inside and outside exhibition space sold, 71% International Participation, 32% of direct exhibitors new to FIA and 23 International Pavilions, FIA 2016 had 50% growth in delegations promoting increased networking opportunities. Further proof of the Air Show’s standing was reflected in its continued international participation. 23 Nations hosted Pavilions at the show from Europe, the US, Canada, South America, Russia and the Far East. Chinese participation was at its largest with a dedicated Chinese Pavilion. Strong international attendance with the delegations programmes. The Civil and Commercial programme exceeded expectations with representative groups from the UK, Australia, Europe and the Middle East. The Military delegations programme progressed well with the key and emerging markets around the globe attending. High level military delegation presence was from 66 countries. In addition, there was coordination with all FIA exhibitors regarding engagement with the RAF and the UK MoD at all levels.
Farnborough Reflects Strength of Global Aerospace Industry
With US$ 124 Billion of orders and options for aircraft, engines and supply chain orders confirmed at this year’s Farnborough International Air Show, the organisers were delighted the event worked well for its exhibitors, except for the excessive rain and flooding problems on the first day when all the exhibition halls had to be evacuated. International co-operation was the order of the day allaying fears that Britain’s exit from the EU would see a downturn in business with 1,500 exhibitors taking 550 sqm more space than in 2014, of which 70% were from outside the UK.
Across the five trade show days, and despite Day 1 being closed early due to extreme heavy rainfall, Farnborough International recorded just over 73,000 trade visits over the week with approximately 25% of its visitor base being either CEO or Director level and a significant increase in attendance of people directly responsible for procurement. On Day 1, the show saw over 50% of visitors coming from overseas with many attending the show with pre-arranged meetings with exhibitors. The show also saw a significant increase in Airline presence with many making large order announcements.
Delegation visits had also increased with 98 Military Delegations attending from 66 countries and 29 Commercial and Civil delegations attending from 22 countries. The timetabled and escorted meetings organised by Farnborough International Ltd were one of the show’s key USPs and a reason the show is so popular with exhibitors.
At a supply chain level, the Meet-The-Buyer programme also proved popular with 1,680 meetings taken place between 40 buyers from 13 countries and 177 suppliers over the three day event designed to allow companies of all sizes to form new business relationships with international companies.
Speaking about the figures, Farnborough International Chief Executive Shaun Ormrod said, “We are delighted that the show has been such a success - the orders announced together with the large number of aircraft coming to Farnborough for the first time is a promising indicator that the industry is in great shape and that Farnborough maintains its crown as the most International Air Show on the circuit. We’ve been focussing on ensuring we get the right audiences, demonstrating that whilst still a global meeting place for the industry, Farnborough is also an important place for the supply chain to get business done.”
Commercial Director, Amanda Stainer further added, “It’s been a really successful show for our exhibitors. Our marketing suite has been busy and we have already taken a considerable amount of re-bookings for the 2018 show. What’s been really positive is whilst the Tier One companies have been announcing large orders, we’ve seen an increase in activity and announcements from the supply chain companies too.”
With US$ 124 Billion of orders and options announced; 73,000 trade visits over the five trade days; All trade visitors were high quality with 25% being at CEO or VP level; 110 aircraft participated in the flying and static display during the trade week; Aircraft making their Farnborough debut in 2016 included: F-35 Lightning II, Boeing 737 Max, Bombardier C Series, Embraer E190-E2, Embraer KC-390, Embraer Legacy 500, Antonov An-178, HondaJet, Dornier Dart-450 and the Gulfstream G500.
Farnborough International 2016 had a total of 1,500 exhibitors from 52 countries, 71% international exhibitors, 23 International Pavilions with new Country Pavilions from Austria, Brazil, China, Korea and Republic of Ireland, German (Hanse) and Romania; 98 Military Delegations from 66 countries, 29 Civil and Commercial Delegations from 22 countries. The Meet-the-Buyer programme saw 1,680 meetings taking place between 40 buyers from 13 countries and 177 suppliers over the three days.
Farnborough Defies Industry Expectations with over US$124 Billion in Orders
At the close of the Farnborough International Air Show 5-day trade exhibition, organisers confirmed that the show had recorded orders and options to the value of US$ 123.9 Billion defying industry expectations. Farnborough International’s internal order tracker recorded a total of 856 aircraft valued at US$ 93.98 Billion, 1,407 Engines valued at US$ 22.7 Billion and a variety of other business deals totalling 7.2 Billion Pounds. As the trade days drew to a close, the Farnborough International Air Show welcomed over 6,000 young people to the show for its STEM outreach programme Futures Day. Star of the show was Tim Peake who opened proceeding in his first public appearance since returning from the ISS four weeks ago.
Starting proceedings on a high, the global aerospace trade event was opened by both Prime Minister, David Cameron, MP and Virgin Atlantic boss Richard Branson who welcomed senior aerospace executives, military officials and International Government representatives at the official opening ceremony with a fly past by the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter flanked by the Red Arrows.
Notable deals over the week included Virgin Atlantic concluding its purchase for 12 Airbus A350-1000 and the UK Government confirming the purchase of 50 Apache Helicopters and 9 Boeing P-8 Poseidon aircraft. Topping the order chart was AirAsia who signed up for 100 Airbus A320neos. Visitor numbers on trade days averaged at 20,000 per day and there have been high levels of networking and engagement with a host of briefings, Seminars and Company Presentations taking place.
Lockheed Martin F-35 JSF Debuts
A major highlight for the show was the appearance of the F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF). The show saw both the F-35A and F-35B Variants on display. For the many Commercial Aerospace organisations involved in the development of the Next-Generation aircraft, the F-35’s appearance was also a major opportunity to promote their achievements in the making of the aircraft to an international trade audience. Pratt & Whitney, BAE Systems, Rolls-Royce, Martin Baker, Esterline, Terma, Kongsberg, Leonardo-Finmeccanica and Ultra Electronics, to name just a few, were all part of the F-35 Global Supply Chain and exhibited at the show. For Lockheed Martin, the F-35’s appearance marked over a decade of development and was central to its participation at the show.
Networking and engagement was also noted as a key feature of the show with an increased number of briefings and workshops taking place. Alongwith a host of ADS led events, SAE International ran an MRO Workshop and Aviation Week, a Commercial Manufacturing briefing. Furthermore, EUPIC (the EU Project Innovation Centre) hosted a Conference regarding Aerospace business opportunities in China. Alongside the popular ‘Meet the Buyer’ event and Welcome Reception the show provided excellent business networking across all five days of the show week.
The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) and other aircraft to be either on flying or static display included the Antonov An-178, Airbus A350, Bombardier C-Series, Boeing F/A-18F Super Hornet and other Boeing aircraft like P-8 Poseidon Maritime Recce Aircraft.
Increased International Participation
Foreign participation at the Farnborough International Air Show was at its strongest with new National Pavilions from China, Brazil and Austria, strong US participation and returning National Pavilions from all four corners of the globe. With the F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter making one of its first appearances outside the US, there was full participation from the nine Nations involved in the development of the 5th Generation Fighter Jet programme.
23 Nations hosted country Pavilions at the show from Europe, the US, Canada, South America, Russia and the Far East. As well as a Korean and Japanese Pavilions, the Show also welcomed for the first time a Chinese Pavilion providing companies such as AVIC, COMAC, Aviage Systems and other Chinese supply chain companies the opportunity to promote China’s growing Aerospace Industry.
There was a strong international attendance also via the Civil and Military delegations programme, with all key emerging markets, including the Middle East, North and South America, India, Australia and Europe and FIA exhibitors had engagements with the RAF and the UK MoD. The Civil and Commercial programme also had delegations from the UK, Europe, Asia and the Middle East.
Daily Flying Displays
The Daily Flying Display, exclusively sponsored by Accenture, was a fundamental part of the Air Show. The display showcased the most advanced aircraft in both Commercial and Military design. Consistent with Farnborough International Air Show’s business role, the flying display took place during the afternoon, leaving the morning and lunch period free for business activity. The well-structured display provided a valuable presentation in which one could demonstrate the capabilities of products, enhanced by an illustrative commentary broadcast across the site.
Static Aircraft Displays
The natural amphitheatre at the Farnborough Aerodrome allowed aircraft to be exhibited to maximum effect in the extensive Static Aircraft Park. Running in parallel to the exhibition, the Static Display gave visitors the opportunity to view the aircraft up close. Aircraft participating in the flying display were shown to visitors prior to flying or based on the north side of the aerodrome and visited under arrangements put in place by the Organisers.
Business Aircraft Park
The Farnborough International Air Show Business Aircraft Park (BAP) was an area devoted to Business Aircraft manufacturers, their products and services. The Business Aircraft Park is now an integral part of the overall show and contributes significantly to the billions of dollars of business that is done across the trade week. Located within the main aircraft display area, the BAP was easily accessible from the centre of the main exhibition and continued to accommodate requests for demonstration flights to potential and existing customers.
There is no doubt, the Rotary-Wing market is a growing one with Civil and Military Helicopters worth tipping US$ 12.4 Billion. Current forecasts suggest that by 2017, the industry will nearly double in value to an estimated US$ 24.7 Billion. FIA already represented a growing number of the helicopter market and delivered a real opportunity to meet, connect and network across a truly international audience. The exhibiting options at FIA offered real flexibility with the size of exhibits within temporary exhibition halls, accommodating large displays within indoor exhibit area – giving a real wow-factor and making sure the participation stands out from the crowd.
The Space Zone was the perfect opportunity for the International Space Community to discuss and meet and to encourage business in a forum that is now becoming recognised as one of the world’s leading Space show pieces. The Space Industry in the UK is growing by around 7.5% per annum and is predicted to be worth around 40 Billion Pounds by 2030. As the Space Sector continues to grow globally the Farnborough International Air Show was the perfect opportunity for manufacturers, suppliers and providers of Space hardware, Navigation and Communication Equipment and Satellite Services to showcase their expertise. The Space Zone also grew by about 25% to satisfy demand. This highlighted feature for 2016 facilitated exceptional networking opportunities, business engagement and open forums across the global sector.
UK Drone Show Adds Exciting New Element
The Farnborough International Air Show had the opportunity to witness FPV Drone racing, a core element to the UK Drone Show, which took place during the public weekend of the Air Show. Drone pilots from the UK Drone Show FPV racing masters demonstrated the increasingly popular sport. During the show itself, pilots tested their skills against each other in a specially-designed obstacle course, which visitors were able to view. Martin Brandenburg, Marketing Director at DJI Europe, Platinum Sponsor for the UK Drone Show, stated, “We are very pleased being part of the Farnborough International Air Show. Visitors can expect exciting Daily Live Demonstrations with DJI's leading products such as the Phantom and the Inspire at the DJI booth. During the Drone Safety Awareness Weekend, DJI will demonstrate the most innovative tools such as the Geofencing System to a broader audience, which underlines DJI’s pioneering role in Drone Safety and ease of use.”
Besides the Drone racing, visitors to the Air Show also had the opportunity to see flying demonstrations and explore the coolest drone tech and latest gadgets. Speaking about the UK Drone Show at FIA’16, FIL Chief Executive Shaun Ormrod said, “We’re delighted to be working with the UK Drone Show, it certainly adds an exciting new dimension to the show. Man’s desire to fly goes back to Greek mythology with Icarus. Drone flying will allow everyone to see the world from the sky from a new perspective.” Central to the UK Drone Show at FIA ’16 was the Drone Safety Awareness Weekend. The CAA along with NATS (National Air Traffic Services) and ARPAS (Association of Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems) hosted a series of talks about the laws relating to the flying of Unmanned Aircraft in the UK, as well as giving sensible advice regarding safe flying and possible dangers.
Farnborough Welcomed Five F-35s
UK MoD, U.S. Marine Corps and U.S. Air Force aircraft participated in flying displays at the international trade showcase and public weekend. Up to five F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) Aircraft participated in the flying display at Farnborough. Continuing a long tradition of aviation firsts for the event, this was the first opportunity for many of the organisations involved in the development of the aircraft to showcase their achievements in the making of the aircraft to a major international trade audience.
Both the U.S. Marine Corps and U.S. Air Force brought both the F-35A and F-35B aircraft to demonstrate at the show. Furthermore, one British jet also participated. UK Defence Secretary Michael Fallon said. “The F-35s are the most advanced fast jets in the world. Whether operating from land or from one of our two new Aircraft Carriers - the UK’s largest ever - they will ensure we have a cutting-edge and formidable Fighting Force. “The plan for F-35 aircraft to take part in Air Shows here in the UK is a significant milestone – for our RAF and Royal Navy personnel training hard to fly the F-35; for British Industry, who are contributing an impressive 15 percent of every aircraft; and for the British public who have their first opportunity to see this remarkable aircraft in action.”
Flying and on static display (mock-up) during the trade show, the F-35 also participated in the flying display at the public weekend allowing the general public to enjoy the spectacle of this major New-Generation aircraft. Shaun Ormrod, Chief Executive for Farnborough International Ltd said, “Its great news that we can welcome the F-35 to the show, visitors at the public weekend will be amongst the first to see this aircraft outside the US. A full size replica is on static display, while the real thing will fly in from RAF Fairford to take part in the flying display.”
F-35 JSF Captivates Crowds
After adverse weather drew business to a close early on Day 1, the Farnborough International Air Show closed on an upbeat note the following day with the F-35 making its Farnborough debut and the order book closing at US$ 59.7 Billion that day, comprising 380 aircraft, 309 engines and a positive US$ 2.5 Billion recorded in the halls.
Notable deals on Day 2 included Virgin Atlantic concluding its purchase for 12 Airbus A350-1000 and the UK Government confirming the purchase of 50 Apache Helicopters and 9 Boeing P-8 Poseidon aircraft. Topping the order book was AirAsia who signed up for 100 Airbus A320neos.
Shaun Ormrod, Farnborough International Chief Executive, said, “The Farnborough International Air Show still remains an opportunity for manufactures to announce major aircraft orders and showcase their latest hardware. However it’s as much about the networking and engagement the event creates for the Supply Chain Industry witnessed by the 1,500 exhibitors, 71% from oversees, that come to Farnborough to do business.”
Farnborough Weekend Spectacular
Some of the major attractions were lined up for Farnborough International Air Show Public Weekend on 16th and 17th July 2016, the highlights of the Air Show Calendar, the Farnborough International Air Show Public Weekend had a packed programme, which excited enthusiasts and families alike with about 80,000 attendees.
The stars of the 5-hour Flying Display included the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) making one of its first public flights in Europe. Also ready to make another of its Aerobatics Flying Display programmes, was the welcome return at Farnborough Air Show for everyone’s favourite, the Royal Air Force’s Red Arrows, with the BAE Systems’ Hawk Advanced Jet Trainers (AJTs). Audiences were enthralled by the daring aerobatics from Pitts Special, the Twisters and the gravity defying Breitling Wingwalkers. Vintage planes including the Royal Air Force Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, the Catalina Flying Boat and P51 Mustang.
Action on the ground centred on the Air Show Live, the performance stage in the heart of the public arena. Sponsored by Airbus, Air Show Live was hosted by The One Show’s Angellica Bell and ITV current affairs reporter and presenter, Michael Underwood. Broadcast around the site on large screens, Air Show Live was an entertaining mix of interviews, competitions and film reports. In the afternoon, Air Show Live broadcasted the flying display anchored by the award-winning commentator Stratton Richey. New for 2016, the Farnborough International Air Show hosted the UK Drone Show, which highlighted the phenomenal growth in the hobbyist market for UAVs and a truly exciting time for the industry. The UK Drone Show with Platinum Sponsor DJI featured the exhilarating UK Drone Racing Masters Championship as well.
Farnborough International Ltd. joined forces with the CAA, NATS, ARPAS and Hampshire Constabulary to host the Drone Safety Awareness Weekend to help educate recreational drone pilots and the general public about the laws relating to Unmanned Aircraft in the UK, as well as give sensible advice regarding safe flying and possible dangers. The Farnborough International Air Show showground was full of attractions including the chance to get up close and personal with historical and modern aircraft. Boeing celebrated its Centenary and had a Special Pavilion to explore. Vintage Aviation fans were able to enjoy exhibits from Museums, which showcased some of Farnborough’s unique pioneering Aviation Heritage.
Airbus Wins US$ 35 Billion of Aircraft Orders at Farnborough
During the Farnborough Air Show 2016, Airbus won US$ 35 Billion worth of business for a total of 279 aircraft, covering by single-aisle and widebody aircraft families. The deals comprise firm orders for 197 aircraft worth US$ 26.3 Billion and commitments for 82 aircraft worth US$ 8.7 Billion. Sales and commitments at Farnborough of the A320 Family were strong, with business accounting for a total of 269 aircraft worth US$ 31.3 Billion. This total comprises 187 firm orders worth US$ 22.6 Billion, and commitments (eg. MoUs) for 82 aircraft worth US$ 8.7 Billion. Notably the larger A321neo model took a lion's share of the single-aisle announcements - with firm selections from three Airlines for 140 aircraft, reflecting the trend for Airlines to upsize to larger single-aisle aircraft.
In the Widebody segment, Airbus won firm orders for 10 aircraft worth US$ 3.4 Billion comprising two A330-300s and eight A350-1000s. In addition to these new widebody orders, the show also saw the launch order from DHL Express for the A330-300 Passenger-To-Freighter Conversion Programme, in partnership with EFW and ST Aerospace of Singapore.
John Leahy, Airbus' Chief Operating Officer, Customers said: "Our orders this week at Farnborough confirm a buoyant industry in which we have once again surpassed our competitor. In addition, Airlines upsizing to the A321neo shows that this aircraft is the undisputed 'middle-of-the-market' champion."
Airbus Forecasts US$ 3 Trillion Commercial Aviation Aftermarket Services in Next 20 Years
With the continuing exponential growth in the Commercial Aviation aftermarket, Airbus published its first Global Services Forecast (GSF). This forecast predicts that over the next 20 years the total industry Aftermarket Services spend will reach US$ 3 Trillion. Of this total, the cumulative value of Maintenance, Repair & Overhaul (MRO) activity will exceed US$ 1.8 Trillion by the year 2035. On an annual basis, Airbus predicts that the MRO spend will grow from US$ 53 billion to over US$ 132 Billion per year, representing an average year-on-year growth of 4.6%.
Aftermarket Services activity is inherently linked to the growth of the passenger fleet in general - which will more than double from 19,500 Commercial Aircraft over 100 seats at the end of 2015 to almost 40,000 by the year 2035. Consequently, the need for pilots and technicians will commensurably increase: Today there are an estimated 200,000 active pilots who fly passenger aircraft. Airbus' GSF predicts that this is set grow to some 450,000 pilots by 2035. Furthermore, this absolute total number of active pilots needed by the year 2035, plus the need to replace flight-crew who retire during the next 20 years will result in the need to train as many as 560,000 new pilots over this period. In terms of technical staff needed, the Airbus GSF predicts a requirement to train approx. 540,000 new technicians who will fulfil various duties across airframe, engines, and components domains.
Of particular note, with the accelerating demand for aviation and its burgeoning Airline Fleets, Asia-Pacific will represent the largest portion of the market for both MRO activity and the need for new qualified pilots and technicians, while Europe and North America combined will account for approximately one third of the total MRO market spend.
"Today our customers already operate the best aircraft in terms of modernity, economic performance, range and comfort for the passengers," said Laurent Martinez, Senior Vice President of Airbus' Services Business Unit. "Moreover, with the ever increasing growth of the Commercial Aircraft Industry, with Airbus' OEM expertise, Services By Airbus will deliver value-adding and quality services for its customers worldwide - on a par with the quality of the aircraft which we deliver."
Services By Airbus is Airbus' business unit tasked with addressing Airbus Customers' Aftermarket needs, which is clustered around four principle domains: Maintenance; Upgrades; Training and Flight Operations. For supporting customers' maintenance and operational needs, Airbus' dedicated global material services subsidiary Satair Group ensures reactivity for airlines and MROs world-wide for spare parts. In addition, Flight Hour and Total Support Package (FHS & TSP) services provide flexible and tailor-made solutions for availability and maintenance 'by the hour'.
With Airbus' Upgrades Services, customers' aircraft stay up-to-date with the latest aerodynamic enhancements (such as Wingtip Sharklets), state-of-the-art Avionics and Data Communications, tailored aircraft mission configurations and take-off weights, passenger connectivity solutions and the most comfortable and well-equipped cabins. Moreover, the latest Airbus Training techniques and tools - supported by 11 strategically located Training Centres, with more being added - will ensure there are the qualified pilots, cabin crew and maintenance staff available to support the arrival of thousands of new aircraft into the Airlines' fleets.
Airbus, a Division of Airbus Group, is the global leading Commercial Aircraft manufacturer with the most modern, comprehensive and efficient family of Airliners, ranging in capacity from 100 to more than 600 seats. Airbus has sold over 16,500 aircraft to around 400 customers and, in addition, provides the highest standard of customer support and training through an expanding international network. Airbus employs some 55,000 people and in 2015 generated revenues of 45.9 Billion Euros.
Airbus Group Presents Innovative Products and Technologies
From market leading Commercial and Military Aircraft to Helicopters and Space Systems, Airbus Group showcased its wide range of innovative products and technologies at Farnborough 2016. To highlight Airbus’s leading widebody product range and superior cabin comfort in all classes, two Airbus test aircraft, an A350 XWB and an A380, were on static and flying display.
Farnborough 2016 took place around the third Anniversary of the A350’s first flight. Since entry-into-service in January 2015, more than 2.5 million passengers have enjoyed its wide, quiet and superior cabin comfort. Visitors to the Airbus Group Pavilion were able to experience the latest in cabin comfort and design standards, ambiance and service in the virtual reality “Airspace by Airbus” Cabin Mockup.
The twin-engine H145 Helicopter was on static display, representing Airbus Helicopters’ most advanced rotary-wing offering, including the latest engines and Helionix Advanced Avionics Suite. The H145, which was presented to the Yorkshire Air Ambulance at a public handover ceremony on 13th July at Farnborough, was Airbus Helicopters’ key product on display at the show. Furthermore, Airbus Helicopters highlighted its UK research activities at the UK Technology Showcase with an exhibit demonstrating blade dynamics at the Aerospace Technology Institute stand.
Airbus Defence and Space showcased its products using Virtual Reality (VR) Cockpits in the Airbus Group Pavilion and in the Space Zone as well as the static park. Scenarios to explore in VR, included a flight and landing of an Airbus A350 XWB, flying with the world leading A400M Military Transporter, as well as a Zephyr High Altitude Pseudo Satellite at 70,000 feet. Visitors were also able to experience a walk on the surface of Mars and interact with the ExoMars Rover.
In the static park an A400M was open to visitors and flew daily, and two C295W aircraft, one from the Portugese Air Force and one featuring Air-to-Air Refuelling equipment for the first time, were also on display. Models on show in the Pavilion included an A400M, a Eurofighter Typhoon and a Skynet 5 Military Communications Satellite. In the Space Zone, the ExoMars Rover prototype ‘Bridget’ was displayed, as well as Satellite models of the Quantum Telecommunications Mission, the Gravity Wave Detector Technology Demonstrator LISA Pathfinder, the Earth Observation Spacecraft Sentinel 5 Precursor, and the advanced Space Telescope Gaia.
Airbus Group Innovations, the Group’s global innovation network, showcased a static model of the all-electric, two-seat E-Fan 2.0 – the industrialised version of the E-Fan Technology Demonstrator; ACROSS (Advanced Cockpit for Reduction Of Stress and Workload), a Virtual Reality Flight Simulator developed to visualise a functional cockpit and SCADA (Supervisory Control And Data Acquisition), a Research Demonstrator for testing developed security architectures, were on display. Airbus Group Innovations’ R&D into Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Communications was on display with an in-flight, high-definition demonstration.
Visitors to the Airbus Group Pavilion were able to experience breakthrough technologies in a dedicated Innovation pathway with interactive touchscreens positioned within the exhibition area and offering details on innovative solutions, such as the eco-efficient Bluecopter Demonstrator, Airbus Bionic Partition, the world’s largest 3D printed airplane cabin component, Earth Observation, Geo-Intelligence and disaster monitoring Satellites, and the Zephyr.
Airbus Group is a global leader in Aeronautics, Space and related services. In 2015, the Group – comprising Airbus, Airbus Defence and Space and Airbus Helicopters - generated revenues of 64.5 Billion Euros and employed a workforce of around 136,600. This includes a 15,000-strong British workforce and a turnover generated from UK operations of close to 6 Billion Pounds, making the Group a major contributor to the UK economy.
The Airbus Group builds on a proud 100-year British heritage united, under a common brand. Airbus designs and builds its aircraft wings in the UK. Airbus Defence and Space is the UK’s largest Space company; a world-leader in Cyber Security; and the biggest supplier of large aircraft to the RAF, through the A400M and the A330 MRTT Voyager. As Britain’s Civil Helicopter hub, Airbus Helicopters holds 55% of the UK’s offshore oil and gas helicopter market and is a key supplier to the Ministry of Defence.
Boeing Celebrated 100 Years of World-Changing Achievement & Launches 2nd Century of Innovation
The Boeing Company celebrated 100 Years since its founding on July 15, 1916, marking a legacy of connecting and protecting people and Nations, exploring Earth and Space, and inspiring dreamers and doers alike through its products and services. Starting out as a builder of wood and fabric floatplanes in a Seattle boathouse, Boeing has become the world's largest Aerospace Company and leading manufacturer of Commercial Jetliners and Defence, Space and Security Systems.
"The innovative spirit of our founder Bill Boeing — who 100 years ago today dedicated this company to building something better — is alive in the generations of our people who continue to deliver products and services that matter and positively change lives around the world," said Boeing Chairman, President and CEO Dennis Muilenburg. "As we embark on our second Century, our commitment to excellence is stronger than ever, our potential for achievement is as great as it was for our founders, and our goals must be even more bold, visionary and inspiring."
Boeing entered its second Century with the following ways:
100 Days of Learning: Kicking off, this educational campaign aimed to inspire the Next-Generation of Aerospace visionaries by providing teachers and students with free education resources that were co-created by Boeing Engineers and leading educational content providers.
Aircraft Display: A lineup of Boeing's famous 7-Series airplanes and a static display of historic aircraft was part of the Founders Day weekend celebration for employees in Puget Sound, near the company's birthplace. Other highlights included a light show projected on the body of a 747 and a festival at the Museum of Flight.
Above and Beyond: The global interactive Flight and Space Education exhibition opened in Nagoya, Japan, joining London and Seattle for concurrent engagements; since launching in July 2015, the exhibit has had nearly 3 million visitors.
Age of Aerospace: The documentary series chronicles Aerospace History through the evolution of Boeing and its heritage companies. Broadcast around the world and available in 18 languages, the series debuted earlier for the first time in France on Aerostar TV.
Centennial Experience Pavilion: A special exhibition telling the innovation story of Boeing's past, present and future was open to the public at the Farnborough International Air Show weekend.
Innovations App: The Boeing Innovations app, available in iTunes and Google Play, features Boeing products with interactive, 3-D models. Boeing today represents a number of major companies that have merged over the past Century, including McDonnell Aircraft, Douglas Aircraft, North American Aviation/Rockwell, Piasecki/Vertol, Howard Hughes' Helicopter and Space companies, Stearman and The Boeing Company.
The legacy of those great Aerospace Companies reflects products such as the 7-Series jets, including the first successful Commercial Jetliner, the 707; the Douglas DC jets, Douglas World Cruiser, C-47 Skytrain and A-4 Skyhawk; the North American B-25 Mitchell, P-51 Mustang, F-86 Sabre Jet, F-100 Super Sabre, B-1B Lancer and X-15; the McDonnell F-4 Phantom II, McDonnell Douglas F-15 Eagle, C-17 Globemaster-III and F/A-18 Super Hornet; the CH-47 Chinook, AH-64 Apache and V-22 Osprey; the B-17 Flying Fortress, B-29 Superfortress, B-47 Stratojet, B-52 Stratofortress and KC-135 Stratotanker; the Saturn and Delta Rockets and Gemini, Mercury, Apollo, Space Shuttle and the International Space Station.
As the United States' biggest manufacturing exporter, Boeing supports Airlines and U.S. and allied Government customers in more than 150 countries. Boeing products and tailored services include Commercial and Military Aircraft, Satellites, Weapons, Electronic and Defence Systems, Launch Systems, Advanced Information and Communication Systems, and performance-based Logistics and Training.
Boeing employs approximately 160,000 people across the United States and in more than 65 countries. The company also leverages the talents of hundreds of thousands more skilled people working for Boeing Suppliers worldwide. Total company revenues for 2015 were US$ 96 Billion.
It’s All Systems Go For MBDA’s EMADS At Farnborough
EMADS (Enhanced Modular Air Defence Solutions) is MBDA’s response to the market need for an easily deployable, highly flexible, all-weather Local Area Defence Systems capable of defeating the rapidly evolving range of airborne threats. The EMADS Missile Launcher can be mounted on any suitable vehicle and deploys a mix of CAMM and CAMM-ER Missiles. The CAMM Family of Missiles (comprising CAMM and CAMM-ER) is making rapid progress with a number of successful firings of both Variants having been carried out since the launch of the programme in 2012. CAMM, with its 25 km range, is intended for both Maritime and Land use and is already being prepared for delivery to the UK Royal Navy by the end of 2016. CAMM-ER is basically the same missile design though featuring a larger motor to provide an effective extended range out to 45 km and, not being Marinised, is currently intended for Land Launch only.
Global customer interest in the CAMM Family is growing to the extent that MBDA is already discussing the setting up of a User Group. Such a group would allow customers to share information regarding best practice concerning stockpile management and optimized servicing intervals. Reduced costs for spare parts and input into future system upgrade requirements would also be potential benefits accruing to club members. EMADS has been displayed in a low key manner before, enabling MBDA to evaluate market interest and potential. The resulting feedback, as well as a number of advanced ongoing discussions with potential international customers, had encouraged MBDA to devote a major part of its stand to EMADS at this year’s Farnborough. On display was a full-scale, Vehicle-mounted Launcher along with its associated CAMM and CAMM-ER Missiles and a full system Simulator allowing visitors to the stand to better appreciate the full functionality of EMADS.
Mati Hindrekus, MBDA’s Head of Marketing Communications explains the growing interest in CAMM and CAMM-ER: “The UK has entrusted MBDA to provide its future Air Defence capability on both Land and Sea. This commitment, funded by the UK, has appealed to a number of customers, both in Europe and beyond, who are looking for a New-Generation Air Defence capability that will be supported for at least the next 30 years if not longer. CAMM and CAMM-ER, though well advanced, are at the very start of their product life-cycles and have been designed specifically for the current and future air threat. Unlike competing options in the same sector, they are not based on upgrades of old technologies or capabilities, which of course, significantly limit any future enhancement prospects”.
MBDA SPEAR Precision Strike Missile for the F-35 Lightning II Showcased
MBDA showcased its Next-Generation Air-Launched networked Precision Strike Weapon, SPEAR, for which the company has recently been awarded a 411 Million Pounds Weapon Development Phase contract by the UK MOD. It is to be operated by the United Kingdom’s F-35 Lightning II and will provide the aircraft with a unique strike capability, fully exploiting its advanced Sensor and Network capabilities. There is also an option to equip the Eurofighter Typhoon for future phase enhancements.
SPEAR is being developed to precisely engage long range, mobile, fleeting and re-locatable targets in all weathers, day or night, in the presence of countermeasures, obscurants and camouflage, whilst ensuring a safe stand-off range between aircrew and threat.
Prior to being contracted for its development phase by the MOD, the SPEAR programme underwent an extensive set of test and trials activities, as part of an Assessment Phase contract. The results demonstrated that the missile’s subsystems and functional chains meet the key criteria of the UK’s SPEAR Capability 3 requirement. Successive tests focused on the guidance chain, including seeker and data link, lethal package, including warhead and fusing, culminating in the first air launch demonstration of controlled flight involving the missile’s airframe, navigation and propulsion systems.
This firing test took place during March 2016 when a SPEAR trials missile was launched from a Eurofighter Typhoon trials aircraft operated by BAE Systems at the QinetiQ Aberporth range in Wales. The missile transitioned through separation from the Typhoon aircraft to powered flight before completing a series of manoeuvres, ending in a terminal dive to the desired point of impact. The missile accurately followed the planned trajectory and was well within simulation predictions; all trial objectives were achieved.
Paul Wester, SPEAR Programme Director, explained the significance of the success saying, “This trial systematically demonstrated an advanced degree of maturity and technical progress that is unusual in an Assessment Phase. The trial had to achieve a variety of “firsts” for SPEAR, including the safe separation from the jet, commencement of powered flight, the manoeuvre whereby it rolled and opened its wing in free flight, navigation and the final simulated precision attack. All those actions were a challenge with a new airframe that had never flown and we are building on this very successful foundation with the Weapon Development Phase.”
On 18th May 2016 the UK MOD had signed a 411Million Pounds contract with MBDA for the Weapon Development Phase of SPEAR. This contract will run through to completion during 2020, and will result in the missile being readied for Series Production.
Powered by a turbojet engine, SPEAR has the Beyond-the-Horizon reach to ensure that the launch aircraft remains safely away from hostile Air Defence Units. SPEAR is equipped with the latest generation multi-effects warhead, designed to meet the demands of the future combat mission. Fitted with the latest generation Multi-Sensor Seeker designed to operate in all combat conditions, SPEAR will be able to engage a wide range of target types both on Land and Sea. The weapon is being designed for the F-35, with the Eurofighter Typhoon acting as a trials platform for missile development with the potential as a future operational platform. The F-35 with SPEAR will be flown by the UK’s Fleet Air Arm and Royal Air Force.
Other MBDA Weapons intended for the UK’s F-35 include the ASRAAM Within Visual Range Air-to-Air Missile that is currently undergoing integration trials in the US and the Meteor Beyond Visual Range Air-to-Air Missile, which is proposed for Block 4 integration.
MBDA's Meteor Enters Service with the Swedish Air Force
The Swedish Air Force (SwAF) announced during a ceremony in Farnborough that MBDA's Meteor Beyond Visual Range Air-to-Air Missile has now officially entered service on its Gripen combat aircraft.The announcement was made by Major General Mats Helgesson, Chief of Staff of the SwAF, in the presence of the CEO of Saab AB, Håkan Buskhe and the CEO of MBDA, Antoine Bouvier.
Major General Helgesson, said, "After extensive testing by FMV and the Gripen Operational Test and Evaluation unit, all of the new MS20 functions, including the Meteor Missile are now fully integrated with Gripen. The Swedish Air Force is now in its Initial Operational Capability Phase with the Meteor. The Meteor Missile is currently the most lethal radar-guided missile in operational service, and the Swedish Air Force is the only operational user so far. I am very proud and satisfied to have the Meteor in the inventory of my Air Force."
Antoine Bouvier, MBDA CEO in responding to the announcement said: "Today is a very special day for the Swedish Air Force, for Saab and Gripen, for Meteor, for MBDA and particularly for multi-national industrial cooperation in defence. Meteor is a missile that no Nation could have developed or produced alone. Sweden and the five other Partner Nations in the programme - France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the UK - can be both proud and confident that they have a missile that ensures unquestionable air superiority for their pilots in the defence of their respective countries' sovereign interests. Along with that, and thanks to their involvement in the programme, they also have the freedom and independence to deploy and develop this unique missile capability as they see fit and as their requirements evolve. MBDA looks forward to continuing its extremely close cooperation with Sweden and Swedish Industry in developing world-class military capabilities in support of the sovereignty and freedom of action of both Sweden and other cooperating Nations".
At the end of April 2016, the FMV (Sweden's Defence Materiel Administration) introduced the latest MS20 software load to the SwAF's Gripen Fleet thus enabling the Gripen C/D to become the first aircraft capable of operating the ramjet-powered Meteor Missile.
Meteor is a Next-Generation, Beyond Visual Range Air-to-Air Missile (BVRAAM) System that will revolutionise Air-to-Air combat in the 21st Century. The weapon's development has brought together six Nations with a common need to defeat the threats of today as well as those of the foreseeable future. Initially developed for Europe's New-Generation of Combat Aircraft: Gripen, Eurofighter Typhoon and Rafale, Meteor is also being integrated on the F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter.
Meteor's stunning performance is achieved through its unique ramjet propulsion system - solid fuel, variable flow, ducted rocket. This throttleable ramjet motor ensures that the missile has maximum thrust when it is most required, namely at the end game leading up to target intercept. As a result, Meteor features the largest No-Escape Zone of any other current or planned Air-to-Air Missile System. Guided by an advanced Active Radar Seeker, Meteor provides all-weather capability to engage a wide variety of targets from agile fast jets to small Unmanned Aerial Vehicles and Cruise Missiles. It is designed to meet the most stringent of requirements and is capable of operating in the most severe of clutter and countermeasure environments.
With a significant presence in five European countries and within the USA, in 2015 MBDA achieved a turnover of 2.9 Billion Euros with an order book of 15.1 Billion Euros. With more than 90 Armed Forces customers in the world, MBDA is a world leader in Missiles and Missile Systems. MBDA is the only European Group capable of designing and producing Missiles and Missile Systems that correspond to the full range of current and future operational needs of the three Armed Forces (Land, Sea and Air). In total, the MBDA Group offers a range of 45 Missile Systems and Countermeasures products already in operational service and more than 15 others currently in development. MBDA is jointly held by Airbus Group (37.5%), BAE Systems (37.5%), and Leonardo-Finmeccanica (25%).
Lockheed Martin Unveils Armed Black Hawk Helicopter
Lockheed Martin unveiled a European-built Sikorsky Black Hawk Helicopter at the Farnborough International Air Show 2016, showcasing the types of weapons that can be integrated onto the Multi-Role aircraft. Armed external wings on either side of the displayed aircraft featured a total of four Weapons Stations, with launchers for a mix of Air-to-Ground Missiles, a 19-shot Hydra-70 Rocket Pod, and an FN Herstal Belgium manufactured Rocket Machine Gun Pod. For laser designating of a future Weapons System as well as Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) Missions, the aircraft's cockpit chin featured Lockheed Martin's INFIRNO Sensor System. Now a Lockheed Martin Company, Sikorsky can configure an armed helicopter to the specific preferences of current and future customers.
Lockheed Martin is a Global Security and Aerospace Company employing approx. 125,000 people worldwide, being principally engaged in research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services.
Sikorsky and Bristow Sign 10-Year Support Agreement for S-92 Helicopters
Sikorsky, A Lockheed Martin Company and Bristow Helicopters signed a 10-year agreement providing Bristow’s S-92 Fleet with extended support for its aftermarket material needs. Sikorsky’s Total Assurance Programme provides Bristow continued aftermarket support to operate its S-92 fleet within a known budget, reducing the risk of unplanned costs. The contract was signed in a ceremony at the Farnborough Air Show by Sikorsky Vice President, Strategy & Business Development, Nathalie Previte and Bristow Vice President Operations Transformation & Chief Technical Officer John Cloggie.
“This agreement with Sikorsky keeps our customers flying and helps us all more effectively manage costs during this prolonged market downturn,” said Cloggie. “As a demonstration of our longstanding relationship and our trust in Sikorsky’s products, we have committed to a 10-year term, which underpins the importance of the S-92 in our fleet.”
“Bristow has been a loyal operator of the S-92 helicopter, and we are proud to meet their aftermarket material needs to keep their customers flying,” said Previte. “This agreement represents our continued commitment to Bristow.”
Sikorsky and Bristow have done business together for more than 40 years. The Bristow fleet currently features more than 160 Sikorsky aircraft, including more than 75 S-92 helicopters, which are operated in Europe Caspian, Africa, Asia Pacific and the Americas. Bristow Helicopters Ltd. currently operates 14 S-92 helicopters on behalf of the UK Maritime and Coast Guard Agency for the critical mission of Search and Rescue (SAR). Certified to meet the most stringent safety requirements around the world, the S-92 helicopter is one of the most successful helicopters in operation.
Sikorsky, a world leader in helicopter design, manufacture and service, has delivered more than 275 S-92 helicopters world-wide. The global fleet recently surpassed one million flight hours. S-92 helicopters perform a variety of missions including offshore oil gas personnel transport, Search and Rescue, and a variety of other transportation missions for Head of State, Utility and Airline passengers.
Raytheon & Kongsberg to Build Naval Strike Missiles and Launchers in United States
Raytheon Company and Norway's Kongsberg Defence Systems are finalising plans to assemble, integrate and test the Naval Strike Missile (NSM) in the United States. The two companies also plan to produce NSM Launchers in the U.S. A Naval Strike Missile (NSM) was launched from the U.S. Navy Littoral Combat Ship USS Coronado (LCS 4) during a Sept. 23rd, 2014, test off the coast of Southern California. "NSM production in America is the latest evolution of our decades-long relationship with Kongsberg," said Dr. Taylor W. Lawrence, Raytheon Missile Systems President. "We will assemble the missile and launchers in the same Raytheon factories where we produce many of the world's most advanced missiles and other Weapons Systems."
Raytheon expects to perform final assembly, integration and test of NSM at the company's Tucson, Arizona Facility. Launchers would be manufactured at Raytheon's factory in Louisville, Kentucky.
With a range of more than 100 nautical miles, NSM is a Long-Range, Anti-Ship Missile that provides superior strike capability against Land and Sea targets. Raytheon and Kongsberg believe NSM is an ideal solution for Navies around the globe and the best over-the-horizon missile for the U.S. Navy's Littoral Combat Ship.
"Warfighters around the globe will benefit from the Kongsberg-Raytheon Partnership on NSM," said Harald Ånnestad, President Kongsberg Defence Systems. "Production of NSM in the United States will secure ramp up and sustainability of NSM, the world's only Fifth- Generation Naval Strike Missile with Land Target capabilities, for the US and our allies. Increased volume of NSM creates and secures jobs in both the US and Norway."
The companies are also teamed on the development of the Joint Strike Missile and National Advanced Surface-to-Air Missile Systems also known as NASAMS.
NSM Provides excellent penetration capability against enemy Air Defence Systems; Features an advanced Imaging Infrared Seeker with Autonomous Target Recognition; Has high survivability against modern and future Air Defence Systems; Can fly at extremely low Sea-Skimming altitude, and has terrain-following flight capability.
Kongsberg has more than 7,700 employees located in 27 countries and revenues of NOK 17 Billion in 2015. Kongsberg is an international, knowledge-based group delivering high technology systems and solutions to clients within the oil and gas industry, merchant marine, Defence and Aerospace.
Raytheon Company, with 2015 sales of US$ 23 Billion and 61,000 employees, is a technology and innovation leader specializing in Defence, Civil Government and Cyber Security Solutions. With a history of innovation spanning 94 years, Raytheon provides state-of-the-art Electronics, Mission Systems Integration, C5I products and services, sensing, effects, and mission support for customers in more than 80 countries.
Terma at Farnborough
At Farnborough 2016, Terma displayed the 3D-Audio and Active Noise Reduction solution, along with the pylon-based Missile Warning System, the ALQ-213 EW Management System, the Universal DIRCM Pod, and advanced composite structures for aircraft.
“This year’s leading European Air Show at Farnborough, UK enables Terma to showcase key technologies and products including our competences within composite and aerostructures for the F-35, Denmark’s future fighter aircraft. We are pleased to participate and our staff, headed by President & CEO Jens Maaløe, is looking forward to welcoming customers and partners at our stand” said Jørn Henrik Levy Rasmussen, Senior Vice President, Market Development.
On display was the Terma developed pylon-based Missile Warning System. Mounting of the Missile Warning Sensors in the Weapons Pylons offer important advantages. Installation is done on pylons rather than on the aircraft structure, which reduces aircraft downtime for modification considerably, fewer systems are needed because pylons can be rotated within the fleet, and finally, the enhanced protection is provided without loss of Weapon Stations.
For more than 25 years, the renowned ALQ-213 Electronic Warfare Management System has constituted the heart of almost all Terma EW Solutions and has been sold to customers across the globe. The system is fielded on above 2,500 aircraft across the globe and across fighter, rotary-wing, and wide-body platforms. Leading F-16 countries operate the system across their fleets of aircraft. The European Participating Air Forces (EPAF) has been driving the continuous development of the capabilities in the system which today include Embedded Training and Electronic Combat Adaptive Processing.
The Terma stand had a demonstration of the 3D-Audio and Active Noise Reduction solutions for air crews, which provide significant situational awareness and speech intelligibility enhancement through a more natural and intuitive auditory interface. Also on display was Terma’s Universal Directed Infra-Red Counter Measure (DIRCM) Pod. The Pod Structure houses the complete Directed IR Countermeasure Suite, including Laser Turret, Electronics, and Missile Warning System Sensors in a lightweight and rigid structure.
Headquartered in Denmark, the Terma Group develops and markets products and systems globally for Defence, Non-Defence, and Security applications, including Command and Control Systems, Radar Systems, Self-Protection Systems for Ships and Aircraft, Space Technology, and advanced aerostructures for the International Aircraft Industry. The Group maintains international subsidiaries and operations in the U.S., the Netherlands, Germany, Belgium, Singapore, India, UAE, and UK.
Terma and Lockheed Martin Confirm F-35 Collaboration
Denmark-based Terma and Lockheed Martin confirmed opportunities for Terma to pursue additional component production beyond their current contracted agreements for the F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter, following Denmark’s recent decision to acquire 27 F-35As for their next fighter aircraft.
Terma President and Chief Executive Officer Jens Maaløe and Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Executive Vice President Orlando Carvalho were on hand for the ceremonial confirmation of an agreement that allows for continuation of existing opportunities for Terma to provide best-value composite and bonded assembly work for the F-35 beyond Low Rate Initial Production and through full-rate production.
“Our handshake today is a strong evidence of years of close partnership and collaboration on various platforms and programmes, not least Denmark’s actual and future fighter aircraft, the F-16 and the F-35. At present, we have initiated a comprehensive investment programme at our Danish facilities to secure and increase our solid and reliable technology base for future involvement in the programme,” said Jens Maaløe.
In 2013, Terma entered into a long-term agreement with Lockheed Martin for the manufacture of composite and bonded assembly parts for all variants of the F-35. The Danish company has also signed additional agreements for F-35 work with Northrop Grumman Corporation, BAE Systems, General Dynamics, and Marvin Engineering. Terma has been collaborating with Lockheed Martin since 1976 with the F-16 programme and since 2000 as a partner on the F-35 programme.
“Denmark is an essential partner in F-35 production, development, and sustainment activities and is building parts and components for the manufacture of more than 3,000 projected aircraft,” said Orlando Carvalho. “Today, more than 180 F-35s are flying, and every jet will have Danish components and will ensure Denmark’s national security for decades to come.”
Terma’s involvement in the F-35, since Denmark entered the programme in 2002, comprises eight different production programmes within advanced composite structural parts and electronics. To date, the Danish Industry has received orders in excess of US$ 325 million.
Thales HMSD Scorpion On South Korean Light Armed Helicopter
Thales announced that Scorpion Helmet-Mounted Sight and Display (HMSD) has been selected for Engineering, Manufacturing and Development (EMD) for the South Korean Light Armed Helicopter (LAH) and to equip after completion on LAH EMD. At the end of an open competition, KAI made the choice of efficiency, modern technology and reliability. Thales will provide 400 HMSD Scorpion which will be onboard LAH at the beginning of the 2020s.
LAH programme represents 200 helicopters. Korean Aerospace Industries (KAI) places Thales HMSD Scorpion as the new reference regarding monocular HMSD for Armed and Scout Helicopters.
Scorpion Head Tracking System is HObIT (Hybrid Optical based Inertial Tracking) provides highly accurate, reliable, and non-intrusive cockpit integration. The only Full Colour Display on the market using a single display for day and night, pilot can operate a smooth transition from day mode to night. The Scorpion is fully compatible with all standard Night Vision Goggles, Conformal and colour symbology is now always available.
The Scorpion for Helicopters is the result of all Thales background on fighter with Fixed-Wings experience (Scorpion is flying F-16, F/A-18, C-130, CV10, A10) and and the largest operational background on combat helicopter, with TopOwl flying on Tiger, NH90, Cobra &-Z, Huey, Roivalk, Attak). Thales HMSD Scorpion has been selected by Airbus Helicopters to be part of HForce programme, the Generic Weapon System for the helicopter.
Thales is a global technology leader for the Aerospace, Transport, Defence and Security markets. With 62,000 employees in 56 countries, Thales reported sales of 14 Billion Pounds in 2015. With over 22,000 engineers and researchers, Thales has a unique capability to design and deploy equipment, systems and services to meet the most complex security requirements. Its exceptional international footprint allows it to work closely with its customers all over the world.
Thales and Elettronica Strengthen their Cooperation in the Electronic Warfare Domain
Thales and Elettronica have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to strengthen their industrial and commercial operations and relations in the Aerospace and Defence business. The aim of the agreement is to explore joint initiatives and pursue growth business opportunities in the Electronic Warfare (EW) segment.
"This MoU extends the area of our long-standing business relationship and both companies believe that it represents a fundamental step for growth in Europe and the International Market," said Enzo Benigni, Chairman and CEO of Elettronica SpA. The two companies are already leaders in Aerospace and Defence technology and this new collaboration will offer even more synergisms to customers worldwide, building the largest EW pole in Europe.
Under this MoU and the leadership of an Executive Steering Committee, Thales and Elettronica launch at Farnborough a new solution in Airborne Self-Protection Systems and will develop areas for larger cooperation in the EW segment.
The reinforcement of this already tight relationship may become one important success factor for the two companies in the next years leading to an increased market share based on competitive offers and wide portfolio solutions and technologies.
“The signature of this MoU strengthens cooperation between Thales and Elettronica, which relies on successful partnerships in the last decades such as the French and Italian Naval programmes Horizon, FREMM and the French Fighter Mirage 2000. This cooperation has allowed the French and Italian Defence Industry to excel in innovation” said Patrice Caine, Chairman and CEO of Thales.
Saab Experience at Farnborough
Defence and Security company Saab scaled new heights at Farnborough 2016, where it presented the all-new Saab Experience Pavilion. For nearly 80 years, Saab has challenged perceptions and pushed the boundaries of what is possible. At Farnborough, it broke new ground in meeting with customers, industry colleagues and friends from around the world with the launch of the Saab Experience.
The Saab Experience incorporated the latest advances in augmented reality, virtual reality and holograms, with dedicated displays devoted to key Saab products, showcasing Saab’s capabilities across the full spectrum of Gripen Fighter, Airborne Surveillance, ISR, Air Defence and Radar, Digital Air Traffic Management, Air Support and Commercial Aerospace Technology. Alongside the Saab Experience, there were full-scale exhibits including the groundbreaking Giraffe 4A Multi-Role Radar, the unique Remote Tower Digital Air Traffic Solution and the all-new Gripen E Advanced Multi-Role Fighter.
Meteor BVRAAM Entry Into Service: The Swedish Air Force Chief of Staff and the Chief Executives of Saab and MBDA participated in a special event to mark the official entry into service with the Swedish Air Force of the Meteor Beyond Visual Range Air-to-Air Missile (BVRAAM). Sweden’s Gripens are the world’s first combat aircraft to deploy an operational Meteor capability, as part of Gripen’s MS20 capability upgrade.
Saab Gripen Programme Update: It has been a historic year so far for Gripen with the roll-out of the first Gripen E and the debut of the MS20 Upgrade. Gripen redefines airpower for the 21st Century delivering effective, sustainable, sovereign Air Force operations for the coming decades. There was a review of what the Gripen achieved to date, plus an update on programme activity and planned developments in the months ahead.
Saab Remote Tower Technology Live Demonstration: For the first time ever at a public event, Saab had deployed its Remote Tower Digital Air Traffic Solution ‘live’ at FIA 2016. There were real-time demonstrations of the world’s first and only Remote Tower Digital Air Traffic Solution, plus an update on all the latest news and progress in this milestone Saab programme.
Saab GlobalEye Programme Update: The Multi-Role, Swing-Role Saab GlobalEye has redefined the art of the possible in Airborne Surveillance. GlobalEye will be the strategic hub of future Air Forces as Saab pushes the boundries of Radar, Sensor and C4I Technology. Saab presented a deeper insight into the full range of the GlobalEye AEW&C capabilities.
Gripen Leads the World With New Operational Capabilities
Defence and Security company Saab, the Swedish Air Force and Sweden’s Defence Materiel Administration have successfully implemented a revolutionary enhancement to the operational capabilities of the Gripen Fighter. Among many significant new advances, Gripen is now the world’s first and only combat aircraft to be operational with the MBDA Meteor BVRAAM Missile.
Saab, the Swedish Air Force and Sweden’s Defence Materiel Administration (FMV) have now certified, approved and accepted into service the latest operational upgrade and combat enhancement for the Gripen Fighter. Known in Swedish terms as MS20, this Upgrade is the latest step in Gripen’s process of constant capability expansion. It puts a truly unique operational asset into the hands of Gripen operators. Speaking at a the Farnborough Air Show, at a ceremony to mark the Meteor’s entry into service, Major General Mats Helgesson, Chief of Staff of the Swedish Air Force said, “After extensive testing by FMV and the Gripen Operational Test and Evaluation Unit, all of the new MS20 functions including the Meteor Missile are now fully integrated with Gripen. The Swedish Air Force is now in its Initial Operational Capability phase with the Meteor.
The MBDA Meteor Missile is currently the most lethal Radar-Guided Missile in operational service, and the Swedish Air Force is the only operational user so far. I am very proud and satisfied to have the Meteor in the inventory of my Air Force.”
The complete MS20 Upgrade is now flying with Swedish Air Force Gripens and MS20 enhancements will soon be implemented in the Gripens of the Czech Air Force. The Upgrade delivers a host of new capability options for Air-to-Air, Air-to-Surface and ISTAR Missions, plus many improved Mission Systems and other changes. As ever with Gripen, operators are free to choose how, when and to what extent they implement the new capabilities that the Upgrade enables.
A key element of Gripen’s MS20 capability expansion is full integration of the MBDA Meteor BVRAAM (Beyond Visual Range Air-to-Air Missile). Swedish Air Force Gripens are thus the world’s first and only fighters to be operational with this revolutionary European Weapon System. The ramjet-powered Meteor, developed by MBDA with Saab as a key partner, is an advanced, long-range and agile Air-to-Air Weapon that is uniquely designed to counter the most sophisticated airborne threats of the 21st Century. Meteor is a Tactical Missile with strategic effect. Its extremely long range (beyond 100 km) and unrivalled no escape zone (three times greater than any current BVR Missile) will dominate the future Air-to-Air battlespace, giving a decisive capability to Gripen and its pilots.
Saab CEO Håkan Buskhe added, “Saab greatly appreciates our good relationship with MBDA both as a partner for Meteor development and production, and through our close cooperation on the Meteor integration programme for Gripen. This partnership has been the foundation for the delivery and deployment of a superior missile product. Gripen played a major role in the Meteor development project, and we are very proud to have Gripen as the first fighter to take Meteor into service.”
In the Air-to-Ground role MS20 delivers further significant enhancements. This includes integration of the Boeing GBU-39 Small Diameter Bomb (SDB) for a high-precision, long-range strike capability. A smart launcher can carry four SDBs, with a maximum of 16 on a single Gripen. Gripen’s ISTAR (Intelligence, Surveillance, Target Acquisition and Reconnaissance) capabilities are expanded through a modified Reconnaissance Pod that provides infra-red sensors plus real-time display of images in cockpit and increased data recording.
A further improved Link 16 datalink system supports a significant increase in data exchange between other fighters and C2 nodes. This boosts situational awareness and underpins new Air-to-Air and Air-to-Ground capabilities, including high-precision ‘digital’ CAS (Close Air Support). Among other MS20 pilot-centred enhancements are a new Ground Collision and Avoidance System (GCAS) to protect the aircraft in demanding low-altitude environments, and an improved CBRN system that allows Gripen to stay operational and effective in the event of a Chemical, Biological, Radiological or Nuclear attack. Gripen is developed with the long-term future in mind. It is designed for continuous upgrades to take on and defeat new combat challenges – a design approach that has already been proven many times. The implementation of MS20 opens a further chapter in this story, making significant new capabilities available to future users and the current Gripen Family alike.
Rafael at Farnborough 2016
Israel’s Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Ltd. also participated at Farnborough 2016. Rafael presented the following systems: LITENING 5 - Combat-proven multi-spectral Airborne Targeting Pod for targeting and designation of targets by day and night. Toplite - Electro-Optical Surveillance, Observation & Targeting System. Reccelite XR - New Generation, day/night Electro-Optical Tactical Reconnaissance Pod for real-time imagery collection and data transfer. Air-to-Air and Air Defence Systems - Rafael's portfolio of Air Defence and Air Superiority Systems including Iron Dome, David's Sling, Drone Dome Python-5, i-Derby ER and MIC4AD (Advanced, Unified, Integrated Air Defence Command & Control System). SPIKE NLOS - Tactical, precise EO Missiles for ranges of 30 km, part of the wider Spike Missile Family.
Elbit Systems Next-Generation Solutions for Intelligence, Pilot Situational Awareness & Flight Safety
Elbit Systems’ Launched some new systems at the show:
SPECTRO-XR: Ultra-long range, day/night, multi-spectral Electro-Optical ISTAR System, the latest and most advanced Electro-Optic payload developed by Elbit Systems for Intelligence, Surveillance, Targeting, Acquisition and Reconnaissance missions
LIGHT SPEAR: A Self-Protection and Jamming System for Unmanned Aircraft Systems. A broad spectrum of Elbit Systems' innovative solutions designed for the changing requirements of the Defence and Commercial Aviation Industries were displayed at Farnborough. The company's exhibit focused on advanced Next-Generation Airborne Solutions for pilot situational awareness and enhanced flight protection and safety. An array of cutting-edge solutions for Commercial Aviation were showcased alongside Avionic Systems, Advanced Electronic Warfare, Electro-Optics and Unmanned Systems, demonstrating leadership in the company's core business areas.
A world leading provider of innovative, cutting-edge, battle-proven solutions for all sectors of the Aerospace and Commercial Aviation markets, Elbit Systems builds on the foundations of its existing UK based companies, reflecting its commitment to offer and support a wide range of technologies and capabilities, through local UK Industries in this important market.
Elbit Systems’ COMINT Payloads for UAS offer operational and battle-proven UAS-specific Communications Intelligence / Direction Finding (COMINT/DF) Systems, designed as modular building blocks, capable of handling various types of Communications Systems and able to fit any UAS. The systems utilise wideband multi-purpose receivers and meet the requirements of any Electronic Warfare/Signal Intelligence (EW/SIGINT) payload, offering tactical intelligence reception in real time over wide rural and urban areas, and enabling digital audio-recording.
SKYLENS showcased in live - Packed in a lightweight, easy-to-install device, as intuitive as a pair of sunglasses, SKYLENS is a revolutionary approach for today's aviators' challenges. Operational in all weather conditions, day and night, SKYLENS provides head-up information and minimises dependency on airport instrumentation. SKYLENS is part of the Clearvision EFVS Family, displaying high-resolution information, images and video on a high transparency visor, providing superior see-through transmission.
SkyVis showcased live - a new system combining a proven Helmet Mounted Display (HMD) with commercially certifiable Line-of-Sight (LOS) technology and daytime HUD capabilities. SkyVis day or night system offers enhanced situational awareness and enables "Eyes Out" operations, with or without Night Vision Goggles (NVG), during all phases of flight, in marginal weather conditions without compromising safety.
Live demo of the HUD - an Electro-Optic device that presents aircraft data over a transparent glass (combiner), located in front of the pilot. The presented data is collimated to infinity, enabling the pilot to operate the aircraft using out-the window view during critical phases of flight. Elbit Systems’ HUDs feature stroke on raster display, digital image source, high brightness, wide angle Field-of-View (FOV), high uniformity of symbols/see through, a depressible stand-by sight, very high Mean Time Between Failure (MTBF) and a variety of customer-tailored Up Front Control Panels (UFCPs) configurations.
Avionics Systems for Military Platforms: CockpitNG is based on a smart central Large Area Display (LAD), which includes all avionic components in one suite, fully integrated with the HMD and HUD. All of the systems' components have been developed in a "Multi-touch-Screen" technology, allowing pilots to operate the aircraft in a smooth and customisable manner.
Helmet Mounted Systems (HMS) that enable pilots to plan, rehearse, fly and debrief using their personal helmets. They're available in stand-alone or fully integrated configurations. The HMS are excellent solutions for fighter aircraft, air lifters, trainers, emergency services aircraft and helicopters. The offering includes NVCD (night symbology) and click-on NVG, improved helmet comfort and center of gravity. The HMS also contains safe, proven visor projection, market leading accuracy, a hybrid optical/inertial tracker with unlimited motion box with best in class redundancy, a unique colour display and a multi-sensor video presentation.
Helicopter Solutions: BrightNite is a solution that enables utility helicopters to successfully perform Degraded Visual Environment (DVE) missions in more than 90% of the nights and provides them with piloting capabilities of attack helicopters and enables a new level of operational flight.
Elbit Systems Ltd. is an international Defence Electronics company, which includes Elbit Systems and its subsidiaries, operates in the areas of Aerospace, Land and Naval Systems, Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance (C4ISR), Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), Advanced Electro-Optics, Electro-Optic Space Systems, EW Suites, Signal Intelligence (SIGINT) Systems, Data Links and Communications Systems and Radios.
Pratt & Whitney, Rolls-Royce Team Up for Comprehensive Support for U.K. F-35B at RAF Marham
Pratt & Whitney, a Division of United Technologies Corp. (UTC), and Rolls-Royce join forces to provide comprehensive technical support at Royal Air Force Marham to support F135 Engines and the LiftSystems on the U.K.'s F-35B Lightning II aircraft. The two industry-leading engine companies will institute a Performance-Based Logistics (PBL) approach to sustainment for the Propulsion Systems. A PBL contracting structure incentivises contractors to focus on outcomes such as Propulsion System availability, leading to greater efficiencies, mutual cost reductions, and operator benefits.
The companies formalised the new working relationship by signing a memorandum of understanding, agreeing to increase levels of cooperation and improve synergy as they join forces in support of the customer.
The agreement defines how the companies will collaborate and grow their sustainment capabilities. Pratt & Whitney, lead propulsion integrator for the F-35 programme, will focus primarily on system-level performance of its F135 Engines. Rolls-Royce will lead on support for the LiftSystem technology the company developed and produced, while also undertaking some delegated support work on the main F135 Engine. The two companies will also look to duplicate this support model for other F-35B customers.
"With this new agreement, we'll be able to provide optimum service and sustain the F135 Propulsion System and the LiftSystem to meet the growing global demands of the F-35 customer base," said Bennett Croswell, President, Pratt & Whitney Military Engines.
"This new agreement demonstrates the commitment from both companies to keep the customer at the heart of what we do, focusing on meeting their needs in the most cost-effective and efficient manner possible," said Chris Cholerton, President, Rolls-Royce Defence Aerospace. "Rolls-Royce has been supporting the U.K.'s Military Aircraft Fleets for more than 100 years, and we look forward to matching the innovation of this fantastic aircraft with an equally innovative support programme."
The new agreement will focus the strengths of both companies to provide the best possible service solution in a more affordable and effective way for customers. The agreement will draw the companies closer together and lay the groundwork for further enhancing support for the Propulsion Systems in the future. Pratt & Whitney and Rolls-Royce already support F-35B aircraft flown by the U.K. and U.S. Marine Corps across the United States.
Pratt & Whitney Wins Order to Power Up to 200 A320neo Aircraft for Wizz Air
Wizz Air has selected Pratt & Whitney's PurePower Geared Turbofan (GTF) Engines to power its order of 110 firm Airbus A320neo Family aircraft with purchase rights for up to 90 more. Pratt & Whitney is a United Technologies Corp. (UTC) company. "Following a detailed review process we concluded that the Geared Turbofan Engine delivers the best value proposition as well as maximum fuel and operational efficiency. These metrics will translate directly into reduced operating costs for our business. While we already have a very low cost base, our focus is to be ever more efficient to offer the lowest fares for our customers while driving strong returns for shareholders" said József Váradi, Chief Executive Officer of Wizz Air.
"We thank Wizz Air for their confidence in our Pratt & Whitney PurePower Geared Turbofan Engine," said Rick Deurloo, Senior Vice President, Commercial Engines Sales, Marketing, and Customer Support, Pratt & Whitney. "We're providing more than just an engine; we're delivering a revolution in sustainable aviation technology."
The Pratt & Whitney Purepower Geared Turbofan Engine is demonstrating mature reliability levels of approximately 99.8 percent, and has met all of its performance commitments from the start, including a 16 percent reduction in fuel burn, a 75 percent decrease in the noise footprint and a 50 percent reduction in regulated emissions.
Wizz Air is the largest low-cost airline in Central and Eastern Europe, operates a fleet of 70 Airbus A320 and Airbus A321 aircraft, and offers more than 420 routes from 25 bases, connecting 124 destinations across 39 countries.
Pratt & Whitney is a world leader in the design, manufacture and service of Aircraft Engines and Auxiliary Power Units. United Technologies Corp., based in Farmington, Connecticut, provides high-technology systems and services to the building and Aerospace Industries.
UTC Aerospace Systems Showcases Next-Generation Technology
UTC Aerospace Systems, a unit of United Technologies Corp. (UTC), displayed several of its new, advanced technology systems at Farnborough. Among the innovative products showcased the Next-Generation Advanced Concept Ejection Seat 5, or ACES 5, a product that helps save lives and prevents ejection-related injuries. Built on the outstanding record of performance and the life-saving legacy of ACES II, the ACES 5 ejection seat offers advanced safety features that not only allow the pilot to eject from the aircraft safely, but also reduce the risk of ejection-related injuries. The ACES 5 safety enhancements meet the U.S. Air Force's latest ejection requirements and can also accommodate the entire population of pilots flying U. S. Air Force aircraft today.
"Our world-class engineers created a modular design that is embedded with unique safety features and more intelligent technology. The enhanced safety features of the ACES 5 are among the industry's best," said Jim Patch, Senior Program Manager for ACES 5 at UTC Aerospace Systems. "UTC Aerospace Systems made a significant investment in the development of ACES 5 to protect our aircrew and mitigate risk of injury so that they have the best opportunity to escape and evade capture, if necessary. Our design is focused on saving lives and preventing ejection-related injuries."
The ACES 5 ejection seat's advanced safety features include a passive head and neck protection system designed to prevent injuries for aircrew wearing Helmet-Mounted Devices, passive limb restraint systems to prevent arm and leg flail injuries, and an improved recovery parachute to reduce the risk of injury upon reaching the ground. In addition, ACES 5 is equipped with unique and innovative technologies designed to stabilize the seat during ejection. These unique safety features allow the ACES 5 seat to accommodate the entire weight range of aircrew and may overall facilitate safer aircraft ejections.
UTC Aerospace Systems has been engineering and manufacturing ejection seats since late 1970s. The ACES II is onboard the A-10, F-15, F-16, F-117, F-22, B-1 and B-2. ACES II has been credited with saving more than 630 lives since its introduction in 1978.
UTC Aerospace Systems Historic Milestone with its 2,200th A400M Propeller Blade
UTC Aerospace Systems, and its Actuation & Propeller Systems (APS) business has achieved a major step with the production of its 2,200th A400M Propeller Blade. It is the blade for one of the world's most powerful all-composite propellers and is being delivered to Airbus Defence and Space for installation on its A400M, a four-engine Turboprop Military Transport Aircraft.
"This significant achievement is a testament to the engineering and manufacturing expertise of our talented team at Actuation and Propeller Systems," said Andreas Schell, President, Actuation & Propeller Systems, a business unit of UTC Aerospace Systems. "I'm very proud of the team for their continued success supporting the A400M operational efficiency."
The A400M is a versatile military aircraft performing tactical, long-range and logistics missions, and can also serve as an Air-to-Air Refueling Tanker. The aircraft has an advanced propeller system that features eight blades and handles twice the amount of power of any existing in-service Propeller System in the western world. Driven by an 11,000-horsepower engine, the Propeller System can operate at nearly 90 percent efficiency at high cruise speeds.
"The operational efficiency, durability and lighter weight of our all-composite propeller blade help contribute to significant cost savings to our customer," said Schell. "Reduced fuel consumption, improved aerodynamic performance, lower maintenance and longer life are also some of the key benefits."
The new, industry-leading propeller blade is produced by Ratier-Figeac, a French Aviation Company and subsidiary of UTC Aerospace Systems and its Actuation and Propeller Systems business. In 2015, the French government and UTC Aerospace Systems reached an agreement to develop next-generation propeller technologies for future turboprop aircraft. Through the HEART Propeller Research and Development Programme, also known as HElices or Propellers for Future Regional Turboprop Aircraft, UTC Aerospace Systems' Actuation and Propeller Systems business will develop technologies for a more advanced propeller. Project completion is expected by 2020.
UTC Aerospace Systems' Actuation and Propeller Systems business has been a leader in the design and manufacture of propellers since the early 1900s. Today, the business supports more than 350 commercial and military operators worldwide, with over 16,000 Turboprop Propellers. UTC Aerospace Systems designs, manufactures and services integrated systems and components for the Aerospace and Defence Industries. UTC Aerospace Systems supports a global customer base with significant worldwide manufacturing and customer service facilities.
Antonov’s Breathtaking Flight of New An-178 Airlifter
Antonov, a state-owned aircraft corporation, part of Ukroboronprom, amazed participants at Farnborough. The International community was impressed by the demonstration flight of the Multi-Purpose Transportation Aircraft An-178. During the Air Show, Ukroboronprom signed strategic partnership contracts with world companies. In particular, several Antonov planes will be equipped with up-to-date Avionics by Esterline CMC Electronics.
An-132 planes will have a new version of turboprop PW150A considered to be the world's best under a contract with Pratt & Whitney Canada (P&WC). British Dowty Propeller have already started supplies of components for propellers for a demonstration model of An-132. Two-engine An-132D will use Dowty R408, world-renown propellers. For An-132D's test flights Dowty will provide two R408 propellers. Antonov and General Electric are to renovate Ukrainian aircraft under a memorandum signed by the two companies. They will replace engines, overhaul all systems and make other technical updates. Ukrainian aircraft builders are now authorised to set up Joint Ventures with foreign companies, under a new law. They are now authorised to set up production facilities abroad in cooperation with foreign partners.
Esterline CMC Electronics to Supply Cockpit Avionics Systems for RAAF Pilatus PC-21 Fleet
Esterline CMC Electronics (CMC) Pilatus announced that it has been awarded a contract by Pilatus Aircraft Ltd to supply its advanced Cockpit Avionics for the Royal Australian Air Force fleet of forty-nine PC-21 Turboprop Trainer Aircraft. Esterline CMC will supply the Cockpit Displays, Dual Flight Management Systems (FMS) and GPS Global Positioning System (GPS) Landing System Sensors as well as the Head-Up Display (HUD) Sub-system.
Kristof Vierin, Vice President, Sales, Esterline CMC Electronics, said, "CMC has collaborated with Pilatus on a number of PC-21 programmes to date, providing a wide range of advanced avionics. We are delighted that Pilatus continues to rely on CMC and look forward to supporting Pilatus and the PC-21 Trainer for the Royal Australian Air Force".
The six 6"x 8" active-matrix LCD Displays consist of four Cockpit Head-Down Displays (CHDD-268) and two smart Multi-Function Displays (MFD-2068) that are in both the front and rear cockpit, function as Primary Flight and Navigation Displays, and have superior optical performance. The displays feature the ARINC-653-compliant, open and modular MOSArt software suite, which provides Pilatus and its customers with the freedom to integrate their own applications or Human Machine Interface (HMI) definitions on CMC platform.
The HUD sub-system includes the CMC SparrowHawk HUD with a set of front and rear cockpit Up Front Control Panels and HUD Camera, a HUD Symbol Generator, and a Video Display Unit for the rear seat instructor. The SparrowHawk HUD is a compact unit that can display both raster video and stroke symbology. The HUD symbol generator features the latest Compact PCI/PMC architecture and a powerful PC Processor.
The PC-21's FMS is a variant of the latest generation CMA-9000 Flight Management System that is well suited for modern digital cockpits for both fixed and rotary-wing aircraft. The CMA-9000's unique combination of civil certification with advanced tactical functions, radio management and Night Vision Goggle-capability make it the product of choice for both Commercial and Military operations. The company's FMS systems are in service with over 60 Civil and Military operators with applications including Military Trainers, Military Transport, Maritime Surveillance, Search and Rescue, Law Enforcement, Oil and Gas, Emergency Medical Services and Commercial Air Transport.
The high-performance CMA-5024 GPS Landing System Sensor provides RNP-RNAV and LPV GPS Approach capability, and meets the requirements for an Instrument Flight Rules, civil certified Global Navigation Satellite System. The Sensor provides Wide Area Augmentation System (WAAS) Satellite Based Augmentation System (SBAS) GPS capability from departure to approach and complies with published CNS/ATM Navigational mandates. WAAS/SBAS augments GPS to provide an extremely accurate navigation solution that will support all flight operations from en route to GNSS and WAAS/SBAS Localizer Performance with a Vertical Guidance (LPV) CAT-1 equivalent approach. The CMA-5024 is provisioned for growth to GBAS with a built-in VHF Data Broadcast receiver.
Pilatus Aircraft Ltd. is the only Swiss company to develop, produce aircraft for customers worldwide, from the legendary Pilatus Porter PC-6 to the bestselling PC-12, a single-engine turboprop, and the PC-21, the Training System of the future. Pilatus is developing the PC-24, the world's first business jet for short unprepared runways.
The CMC Electronics (CMC) brand within Esterline Avionics Systems has achieved an international reputation for innovation and excellence in the design and manufacture of electronics products for the Military and Commercial Aviation markets. The company's focus is on delivering innovative Cockpit Systems Integration and Avionics Solutions to its customers worldwide. CMC is a subsidiary of Esterline Corporation, a specialised Aerospace and Defence company.
Esterline CMC Electronics' Latest Products Enable Cockpit Applications and Connectivity on Swiss Bombardier C Series Aircraft
Esterline CMC Electronics (CMC) also announced that its advanced solution enabling flight operations applications and connectivity in the cockpit is featured on Swiss International Air Lines' new Bombardier C Series aircraft. SWISS is the first customer to select the company's PilotView Electronic Flight Bag (EFB) and Aircraft Information Server as factory options on their Bombardier C Series aircraft. Michel Potvin, President, Esterline Avionics Systems, said: "The selection by SWISS of this line fit option that will enable secure connectivity in their new C Series aircraft is excellent news and confirms that our EFB systems are evolving with OEM aircraft to meet customer requirements."
Building on the PilotView platform, the new EFB system features a 12.1 inch multi-touch display, delivering high-end processing and application support capabilities with its Intel Core i7 processor. Coupled with the EFB display on the C Series aircraft, the PilotView Aircraft Information Server (AIS) provides integrated connectivity with flight ops and cabin applications. The AIS enables OEM, airline and third party applications such as moving maps (with real-time weather), flight planning, electronic techlogs, maintenance applications, and data loading support. The Esterline CMC Electronics' AIS also connects to the video surveillance system and can be configured for communications with ACARS datalinks.
Jean-Marie Bégis, Director of EFB and Aircraft information Systems, Esterline CMC Electronics, said: "The PilotView AIS addresses the ever increasing data sharing, application hosting and secure connectivity requirements associated with cockpit, cabin and aircraft maintenance applications and systems. It addresses the pre-requisite aircraft inter-domain security between these wired and wireless systems making the C Series aircraft e-Enabled."
With over 4,000 EFB Systems in operation worldwide, CMC is a global leader in meeting the demanding aircraft information management requirements for a long list of customers and aircraft OEMs. CMC marshalls its considerable experience with its Aircraft Information Server and a range of aircraft interface devices that bridge the gap between classes of EFB systems. PilotView EFB and AIS Systems are offered as a standard option by ATR, by Dassault on the Falcon 900, 2000 and 7X, by Embraer for Legacy 600/650 and E-170/190 programmes, by Bombardier for Challenger 600 Series Business Jets and CRJ Regional Jets, and by Boeing for the Next-Generation B737s & BBJs. Over 30 STCs are available for the PilotView EFB on a wide range of business jets as well as air transport aircraft, including the Airbus A320 & A330, and the Boeing B737, B747, B757 & B767.
Leonardo-Finmeccanica Unveiled the New M-346FT Fighter Trainer
World’s first for the Aermacchi M-346FT aircraft of Leonardo-Finmeccanica made its official debut at Farnborough. The M-346FT is the Multi-Role version of the M-346 whose characteristic is to pass very easily from the trainer aircraft configuration to the operational mission. Mauro Moretti, Leonardo’s CEO and General Manager, had declared: “We Invest in the technological development of highest-added-value activities so that we can stay one step ahead of our competitors. The technological excellence of our trainers is acknowledged worldwide and today we are ready to offer our customers an aircraft capable of combining the operational and training requirements of the Air Forces all over the world, assuring top performances and remarkably lower costs.”
Based on the Advanced Trainer M-346, the FT (Fighter Trainer) Variant integrates a wide range of systems and sensors for Tactical Support and Air Defence, a tactical data link, a self-defence system, recognition and targeting sensors and a series of Weapon Systems. This aircraft’s configuration is representative of a basic version with operational capabilities that can be integrate with additional sensors in the future.
The Aermacchi M-346 is one of the most advanced trainer aircraft currently available on the market and is the only in the world conceived purposefully to train pilots destined to high-performance latest-generation Military Aircraft. 68 Units have been ordered by the Air Forces of Italy (18), Singapore (12), Israel (30) and Poland (8) and it has been selected by the United Arab Emirates.
Leonardo-Finmeccanica’s European Debut for the U.S. Coast Guard C-27J
The first C-27J aircraft in the traditional United Coast Guard livery of red, white and blue make its European debut at Farnborough. The USCG (United States Coast Guard) is progressing with the integration of the C-27J aircraft into its fleet of aircraft for medium range Maritime Patrol and Surveillance or MRSA (Medium Range Surveillance Aircraft ), undertaking Maritime Patrol, drug and other illicit traffic interdiction, disaster response, and Search and Rescue (SAR) Missions. The C-27J’s are fitted with weather radar and cockpit compatible with NVG (Night Vision Goggle) and communications equipment capable of supporting transport and other Coast Guard missions. Entry into service of the C-27J with the USCG and its upgrade to a fully missionized configuration will make it an ideal platform for mid-range Search and Rescue Missions and will be a further proof of the excellent capabilities and operational flexibility of the aircraft produced by Leonardo-Finmeccanica. The aircraft will ensure maximum commonality in Avionics and propulsion with the HC-130J Hercules fleet in service and will be very similar to the FWSAR, Fixed Wing Search and Rescue C-27J Version proposed to the Royal Canadian Air Force.
The so-called C-27J missionisation, its range, the ability to remain in the area of operation for up to 12 hours, and the speed and payload of the aircraft produced by Leonardo-Finmeccanica, make the C-27J the a precious asset, bridging the existing USCG requirement gap in terms of SAR capability over the sea.
The U.S. Coast Guard intend to equip the aircraft with Surface Search Radar and Electro-Optical/Infrared Sensors (EO/IR), a C4ISR Suite (Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance), bubble observation windows and a mission system called Minotaur, all to enhance capacity for search, classification and identification of maritime targets of the aircraft.
Finmeccanica is among the top ten global players in Aerospace, Defence and Security and Italy’s main industrial company. As a single entity from January 2016, organised into Business Divisions (Helicopters; Aircraft; Aero-Structures; Airborne & Space Systems; Land & Naval Defence Electronics; Defence Systems; Security & Information Systems), Leonardo-Finmeccanica operates in the most competitive international markets by leveraging its areas of technology and product leadership.
Following the process of the reorganisation of the Leonardo-Finmeccanica Group’s companies, the Helicopters Division has absorbed the activities of AgustaWestland; the Aircraft Division has absorbed part of the activities of Alenia Aermacchi; the Aero-Structures Division has absorbed part of the activities of Alenia Aermacchi; the Airborne & Space Systems Division has absorbed part of the activities of Selex ES; the Land & Naval Defence Electronics Division has absorbed part of the activities of Selex ES, the Security & Information Systems Division has absorbed part of the activities of Selex ES; the Defence Systems Division has absorbed the activities of OTO Melara and WASS.
Textron Businesses Feature Broad Product Lineup at Farnborough
Textron Aviation Inc., Textron AirLand, Textron Systems, Bell Helicopter, TRU Simulation + Training and Textron Airborne Solutions, all businesses of Textron Inc. participated at Farnborough. “The Farnborough Air Show is a great venue to showcase our numerous Commercial, Defence, Special Mission and Training Solutions across our broad range of business platforms,” said Scott Donnelly, Textron’s Chairman and CEO. “For the first time ever, six of our businesses are represented at an international show. Our full lineup features Advanced Rotorcraft, Tactical Turboprop and Jet Aircraft, Precision Weapons and Unmanned Aircraft. We look forward to meeting with customers and attendees from around the world who will experience our new and advanced products.”
Textron Aviation and Beechcraft Defense Company highlighted their Special Mission and Defence capabilities, including a static display of the Fusion-equipped Beechcraft King Air 350ER, Cessna Grand Caravan EX and the Beechcraft T-6C. Making its Farnborough debut was the Beechcraft King Air 350ER featuring the Rockwell Collins Pro Line Fusion Avionics System, which recently received certification from both the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA). Pro Line Fusion for the King Air brings one of the most trusted Avionics Architectures to the first full touchscreen flight display.
Alongside the King Air 350ER, Textron Aviation displayed the Cessna Grand Caravan EX featuring the newly designed light-weight production seats and a stowable utility seat. Both the King Air 350ER and Grand Caravan EX on display highlighted a variety of Special Mission applications, including a surveillance console, medical stretcher and a variety of seating configurations.
Beechcraft Defense offers the most Advanced Military Flight Trainer, the Beechcraft T-6 Texan II. The T-6C aircraft displayed featured the state-of-the-art, all-digital, open-architecture glass cockpit offering the visibility necessary for completing complex missions. Beechcraft has delivered more than 900 T-6 Trainers, which have amassed more than 2.9 million flight hours. Most recently, the company announced its plans to provide 10 Beechcraft T-6C Texan II Military Training Aircraft to the U.K. Ministry of Defence’s Military Flying Training System to train the next-generation of military pilots.
Designed and built with leading-edge technologies, Textron Airland’s Scorpion Jet was on display. Its appearance at the Farnborough marked the aircraft’s fifth trans-Atlantic crossing. In two years of flight operations, the Scorpion has deployed to 10 countries, participated in Military Training Exercises and operations, flown numerous U.S. and international military pilots and amassed more than 650 flight hours. The Scorpion provides unparalleled acquisition and operating costs with a dispatch reliability rating exceeding 98 percent.
The Scorpion is very versatile in terms of mission flexibility with its center payload bay, six hard points, high dash speeds, and extended endurance and loiter time at cruise speeds. The Scorpion is built to excel in many roles, including Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance, Close Air Support, Armed Reconnaissance, Maritime and Border Patrol and Jet Training Missions. The first production aircraft is expected to make its first flight soon.
Textron Systems exhibited its proven Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), Geospatial Solutions Software, and Smart and Precision Weapon Systems designed to serve the needs of Militaries, Security Forces and other customers around the globe. In the area of UAS, it displayed its Shadow M2, the Next-Generation Variant of the proven Shadow 200 Tactical Unmanned Aircraft System (TUAS). Building upon a family of UAS with nearly one million flight hours, the Shadow M2 adds new features for even greater mission capability and performance. The aircraft accommodates higher-altitude flight and offers flexible payload configurations, allowing it to serve in similar mission capacities to much larger, more expensive systems.
Also on display was the expeditionary Aerosonde Small Unmanned Aircraft System (SUAS), which offers proven multi-mission performance in both Military and Commercial Land-and-Sea-based applications. The Aerosonde is also equipped for real-time, full-motion video and communications relay within a single flight, and offers dedicated space and power to integrate additional capabilities based on customer requirements.
Textron Systems demonstrated its software RemoteView, which is the industry leader for image viewing, annotation and exploitation of geospatial data. From its Weapon & Sensor Systems Division, Textron Systems exhibited its advanced G-CLAW and Fury Precision Guided Munitions. These products can be integrated onto a variety of platforms including Textron Systems’ Shadow M2 TUAS, Cessna’s Special Missions Caravan and Textron AirLand’s Scorpion Jet. In addition, Textron Systems’ Unattended Ground Sensor MicroObserver, was showcased for its ease of use and covertness in the field.
Textron Systems’ businesses develop and integrate products, services and support for Aerospace and Defence customers, as well as Civil and Commercial customers including those in Law Enforcement, Security, Border Patrol and Critical Infrastructure Protection around the globe. Harnessing agility and a broad base of expertise, Textron Systems’ innovative businesses design, manufacture, field and support comprehensive solutions that expand customer capabilities and deliver value. Textron Systems consists of its Advanced Information Solutions, Electronic Systems, Geospatial Solutions, Lycoming Engines, Marine & Land Systems, Support Solutions, TRU Simulation + Training, Unmanned Systems and Weapon & Sensor Systems.
Bell Helicopter showcased the Bell 407GXP, a highly versatile, state-of-the-art helicopter with more than 1,200 already delivered worldwide. With a cabin configurable for an array of missions and equipment, the 407GXP delivers reliability, speed, performance and maneuverability. In addition to the 407GXP, Bell Helicopter displayed the Bell 429. Delivering exceptional speed, range, hover performance and a sizeable passenger cabin, the Bell 429 also offers operators a state-of-the-art single pilot Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) helicopter with top user-rated in-service support.
Attendees had the opportunity to speak with subject matter experts about these helicopters, while also viewing mockups of the Bell 505 Jet Ranger X, Bell 525 Relentless and Bell V-280 Valor Tiltrotor on static display. In addition, there was the Bell Boeing V-22 Osprey, which routinely performs a variety of global missions as the most in-demand aircraft with the United States Marine Corps. The flexibility of tiltrotor is repeatedly demonstrated in crisis response and humanitarian relief campaigns, and the V-22 continues to transform rotorcraft operations everywhere.
Bell Helicopter, a wholly owned subsidiary of Textron Inc., is an industry-leading producer of Commercial and Military, Manned and Unmanned Vertical-Lift Aircraft and the pioneer of the revolutionary Tiltrotor aircraft. Globally recognised for world-class customer service, innovation and superior quality, Bell's global workforce serves customers flying Bell aircraft in more than 120 countries.
Textron Airborne Solutions
Textron introduced a new Business Unit, Textron Airborne Solutions, at Farnborough. This business consists of Airborne Tactical Advantage Company, the industry-leading provider of Tactical Flight Training and adversary services, which was recently acquired by Textron. Professional former U.S. fighter pilots provide various types of “adversary air” to the U.S. Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps using their fleet of 27 fighter and tactical aircraft, thereby allowing the U.S. Department of Defense to save precious flight hours on its frontline fighter aircraft.
CAE Reaches Validation Phase of its Next-Generation Training System with Launch Customer AirAsia
CAE announced at Farnborough, the launch of the validation phase of its Next-Generation Training System with its longstanding partner AirAsia. Leveraging years of training innovation advances, CAE launched earlier this year the development of its next breakthrough in pilot training referred to as Next Generation Training System. Supported by innovative data collection and analysis techniques, this system promises to improve training quality and efficiency through the integration of untapped data-driven insights into training. CAE declared the second phase of its ground-breaking development with AirAsia, focusing on the validation and refinement of the system's new training capabilities for pilot critical skill performance.
“We are very excited to collaborate with CAE on this innovative pro-gramme”, said Tony Fernandes, AirAsia's Group Chief Executive Officer. “This Next Generation Training System is the stepping-stone to reaching a new level in Pilot Training efficiency. With CAE being the worldwide training leader, we cannot find a better partner to support us with our training needs and provide us with next-level Training Solutions.”
“We are very proud to launch the validation phase of our Next Generation Training System in partnership with AirAsia”, said Nick Leontidis, CAE's Group President, Civil Aviation Training Solutions. “The training needs of our airline partners are driving our training philosophy and as such, we are building the Next Generation Training System to allow them to address the growing demand of professional pilots globally. At CAE, we constantly look for forward-looking solutions and we strongly believe this programme is shaping the future of training.”
The validation phase of the Next-Generation Training System will begin in Fall 2016. CAE and AirAsia share a relationship that spans over 10 years. Together, they have formed the Asian Aviation Centre of Excellence, a Joint Venture in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
CAE is a global leader in the delivery of training for the Civil Aviation, Defence and Security markets. CAE designs and integrates the industry's most comprehensive Training Solutions, anchored by the knowledge and expertise of its 8,000 employees, our world-leading Simulation technologies and a track record of service and technology innovation spanning seven decades. With a global presence which is the broadest in the industry, with 160 sites and training locations in 35 countries, including joint venture operations, and the world's largest installed base of Flight Simulators, CAE trains over 120,000 Civil and Defence crew members, and thousands of professionals.
Embraer and Boeing to Collaborate on Worldwide Sales, Support of KC-390 Medium Airlifter
Embraer and Boeing have signed a teaming agreement to jointly market and support the KC-390, a Multi-Mission mobility and Aerial Refueling aircraft. Under the agreement, the companies will together pursue new business opportunities, both for the aircraft itself and for aircraft support and sustainment. Embraer will provide the aircraft, while Boeing will be responsible for in-service support. The agreement expands an existing collaboration between the two companies; in 2012, the two companies first announced their intention to jointly market the aircraft. “The expansion of our relationship makes the best medium-sized airlift product available to customers, bolstered by the best support available,” said Jackson Schneider, President and CEO of Embraer Defense & Security. “Boeing has outstanding experience in the military mobility market and the KC-390 is the most effective aircraft in its category.”
"The teaming agreement between Boeing and Embraer brings together two strong companies and underscores our commitment to branch out beyond the traditional OEM role into services for non-Boeing aircraft," said Ed Dolanski, President of Boeing Global Services and Support. "Our advantage is Boeing's global reach, which provides greater flexibility, enabling us to quickly respond to customers, as well as take advantage of synergies that help lower costs-savings we can pass on to the customer."
The Embraer KC-390 is a Tactical Transport Aircraft designed to set new standards in its category while presenting the lowest life-cycle cost of the market. It can perform a variety of missions such as cargo and troop transport, troop and cargo air delivery, Aerial Refueling, Search and Rescue and forest fire fighting. It is a project of the Brazilian Air Force (FAB) that, in 2009, hired Embraer to perform the aircraft development. The first prototype has performed its first flight in February 2015 and two prototypes are currently in flight test campaign, averaging two flights a day and proving high aircraft readiness. The aircraft is currently on an eight nation tour, and expects to receive certification by the end of 2017. Deliveries are expected to begin during the first half of 2018.
Leader in the Aerospace and Defence Industry of Latin America, Embraer Defense & Security offers a complete line of integrated solutions such as C4I (Command, Control, Communication, Computers and Intelligence) Center applications, leading-edge technologies in the production of Radars, advanced Information and Communication Systems, Integrated Systems for Border Monitoring and Surveillance, as well as Military and Government Transportation Aircraft. With a growing presence on the global market, Embraer Defense & Security products are present in more than 60 countries.
E190-E2 Makes its International Debut
Less than 45 days after it's inaugural flight, the first E190-E2 prototype was at Farnborough for its international debut. The ferry flight from Sao Jose dos Campos to Farnborough took 12 hours and 40 minutes, with only two hours on the ground for refueling in Recife, North-east of Brazil, and then in Sal Island, in the Cape Verde archipelago, off the coast of Africa. "The flight was very smooth and went according to plan. Crossing the Atlantic at this stage of the flight test campaign is another great demonstration of the E190-E2 maturity, and it shows we are on the right path to a very successful programme," said Luís Carlos Affonso, COO of Embraer Commercial Aviation.
The first E190-E2 prototype has now racked up a total of 59 hours from the 23 flights performed since the first flight on the 23rd of May this year. In addition to the flight test campaign, the programme has also accumulated 18,000 hours of tests on rigs and in the iron bird, as well as many hours of simulation on the virtual aircraft. The aircraft then returns to Brazil to continue the certification campaign.
Another important and recent programme milestone was accomplished with the successful maiden flight of the second E190-E2 prototype which took place on July 8th. The aircraft flew for 2 hours and 55 minutes and will now join the flight test and certification programme. The E190-E2 is scheduled to enter service by mid 2018.
Embraer is the world's leading manufacturer of Commercial Jets with up to 130+ seats. The company has 100 customers from all over the world operating the ERJ and the E-Jet Families of aircraft. For the E-Jets programme alone, Embraer has logged more than 1,700 orders and over 1,200 deliveries, redefining the traditional concept of regional aircraft by operating across a range of business applications.
Since it was founded in 1969, Embraer has delivered more than 8,000 aircraft. About every 10 seconds an aircraft manufactured by Embraer takes off somewhere in the world, transporting over 145 million passengers a year. Embraer is the leading manufacturer of Commercial Jets up to 130 seats. The company maintains industrial units, offices, service and parts distribution centers, among other activities, across the Americas, Africa, Asia and Europe.
ATR at Farnborough
At the event, ATR showcased an ATR 72-600 aircraft in the colours of the Swedish Carrier B.R.A. (Braathens Aviation) on the static display. Configured with 72 seats, the aircraft features the most modern standards in passenger comfort and the newest navigation aid technologies including onboard functions needed for precision navigation and approach, such as the Satellite-Based Augmentation System (SBAS) and Localizer Performance with Vertical Guidance (LPV).
Visitors to the ATR static area were also able to experience first-hand the latest technological innovations that ATR has developed in response to the needs and expectations of the airline community. ClearVision is a wearable Head-Up Display called SkyLens. Developed by Elbit Systems, the technology is a first in Commercial Aviation. When entered into service, the ClearVision System will substantially increase performance at both take-off and landing, particularly in conditions of very poor visibility, thus contributing to the enhanced versatility and efficiency of the ATR aircraft.
Virtual Reality view goggles allowed visitors to look and feel the new interior, specifically designed by ATR for the North American customers. The virtual jet bridge help "passengers" access the aircraft cabin by the front door. Visitors were able to "walk" through the cabin and experience brand new seats. The new cabin features the 3-class seat configuration (first, business, economy) and offers the widest cross-section in the turboprop market. Another Virtual Reality experience showcased the new Smart Galley concept. This new technological upgrade demonstrated the potential of an increased storage capacity, greater operational flexibility and innovative design thanks to galley's quick and easy reconfiguration without the need to return the aircraft to the manufacturer to perform the conversion.
Founded in 1981, ATR is the world leader on the market for below-90-seat Regional Aircraft. Since its creation, ATR has sold over 1,500 aircraft. With over 28 million flights, ATR models equip the fleets of over 200 Airlines in nearly 100 countries. ATR is an equal partnership between two major European Aeronautics players, the Airbus Group and Leonardo. Its head office is in Toulouse. ATR is ISO 14001 certified. - Anita Mal