The 48th Farnborough International Airshow (FIA) saw the culmination of two years planning and preparation by the organisers which has resulted in an increased level of exhibition space taken by global aerospace, defence, space and security industries, comprising 1,506 exhibitors from 39 countries.
Farnborough, over the five days of the show, attracted just over 107,000 trade visitors and over 1,500 exhibitors with representation right across the supply chain. Over 70 military delegations from 46 countries attended with a further 13 delegations from the civil sector. This event saw good engagement from decision-makers with the PM opening the show, a further six Cabinet members making keynote speeches, as well as senior ministers visiting from the UK and overseas. (Photo: FIA)
FIA was officially opened on Monday, 9 July, by the UK Prime Minster who hailed the phenomenal success of the UK aerospace industry and its critical importance to growth and jobs. Speaking at the air show’s first trade day, which was attended by an international business audience including 83 trade and military delegations from over 43 countries, Rt Hon David Cameron said that he will support the UK’s fight for contracts in the global aerospace industry and pledged the government’s “unstinting, unrelenting, unflagging commitment to making Britain the best place in the world for aerospace businesses to invest, design, manufacture and export.”
Over 140 aircraft took part in the static and flying displays at the Farnborough Aerodrome in Hampshire including the Bell Boeing V22 OSPREY, a Saab GRIPEN Fighter, and the Korean T50 jet trainer.
FIA 2012 hosted a series of conferences focusing on aerospace growth, UK opportunities in the global space industry, aviation security and future defence technologies.
Farnborough has shone a light on the aerospace and defence sector with investors questioning how the industry will continue sales momentum.
Defence budgets are being cut worldwide and contractors are increasingly turning to the competitive global arms market to bolster order books. Short interest in the sector is focused on firms whose order book stands at the mercy of looming budget cuts, both in Europe and North America.
The US is still the world’s largest defence customer. Whilst government cuts of up to $50 billion are imminent, few politicians want responsibility for job cuts and the resulting popular fallout.
There were some signs recently that a deal could be reached to postpone the spending cuts until the spring of 2013 to give time for a new Congress to work out a broader budget deal. However recent talk on Capitol Hill is that such a deal appears to be unravelling.
Things are different in Europe where the fiscal situation is much more critical and governments have more of an appetite to trim budgets. This has seen European defence firms dragged into the crisis faced by their respective governments.
Static display at FIA (Photo: Farnborough)
This report complements the magazine and the blog, where the show was extensively covered with up-to-date features, insights, new innovations, and product details.
Simulation and Training at FAIOn behalf of the UK MoD, the OCCAR multinational organisation for the management of European Collaborative Defence programmes has placed an order with Airbus Military to supply the UK’s first A400M Full Flight Simulator (FFS). The contract, worth about £50 million, also includes a Simulator Support System (SSS), enabling the capabilities of the simulator to be fully exploited for flight training and military mission rehearsal. The FFS will be maintained by a joint venture consisting of Airbus Military and Thales.
Airbus Military will procure the simulator from Thales Training & Simulation, part of Thales UK, while Airbus Military supplies the aircraft parts and equipment plus a data & software package to enable the simulator to accurately replicate the A400M’s flight and mission characteristics. Airbus Military and Thales have been co-operating since February 2007 on the FFS and the Simulator Support System and A400M Training Services for France and UK.
L-3 WESCAM launched its MX-Sim, a training product that simulates the complete operations of WESCAM’s MX-Series of EO/IR imaging turrets.
“The MX-Sim will empower users with the knowledge and confidence needed to operate their MX turret to its full potential,” said Rod Till, VP of Customer Service for L-3 WESCAM. “Operators will now be able to simulate their exact turret configuration, significantly reducing the expensive flying time required to train personnel.” L-3’s MX-Sim, developed with INSYEN based in Germany, has been designed to match a customer’s MX-Series configuration with simulated scenarios for a variety of applications.
Thales announced the acceptance by the French defence procurement agency (DGA) of the upgrade to the F3.2 standard of the first two RAFALE simulator cabins at the simulation centre in Saint-Dizier. The RAFALE Transformation Squadron in Saint-Dizier, which has a total of four cabins, provides training on the RAFALE for French Air Force (FAF) and Navy pilots, offering them a very high level of training in a complex tactical environment.
Moog has used the Airshow to demonstrate the potential that its PROTECTIR sensor pod has for developing military markets, seven of which have been delivered to the UAE. The ProtectIR is for Moog customers who desire a rapidly deployable and comprehensive ISR&T solution. Moog demonstrated how ProtectIR’s flexible and modular system gives allied military forces ISR&T superiority at half the cost that other manufacturers charge for their basic ISR configuration. The ProtectIR’s targeting pod can detect and identify a target set (Geo-Locate) and immediately hand off the coordinates to the aircraft’s Stores Management System. Once the pod sensors acquire the target, Moog’s airborne mapping & situational awareness system projects the target location onto a map with an appropriate Launch Acceptability Region (LAR) defined for engagement. Without significanct expense or integration difficulty, ProtectIR excels at collecting, analysing and targeting at 20,000 feet Above Ground Level (AGL) and with 15nm range standoff, which, historically, is where most air-to-ground engagements occur. ProtectIR is a fifth-generation, FLIR system. (Photo & Graphic: Moog)
BAE Systems were demonstrating a suite of three existing software applications working together to demonstrate a capability for the UK's Network-Enabled Air Defence Systems (NEADS) programme. The three are IBM's UK air surveillance and interceptor C2 system (UCCS), BAE Systems GBAD BISA, and thirdly, the BAE Systems Combined Arms Gateway Environment (CAGE) currently used as a helicopter mission planning tool but used in the demonstration as an airspace mapping solution.
DRS Technologies had their ARMOR X10gz and X7et Rugged Tablet PC, both lightweight mobile tablets, and the SCORPION H2 Handheld Computer. Other solutions include the CTW-10 Multi-function workstation and CTD-10 Crew Station
EADS Astrium had their KEYSTONEPROTEUS, a software defined network centric modem support a number of stored waveforms including the BLADESTREAM helicopter waveforms, supporting AES encryption. Also on shows was the AIRPATROL SATCOM solution, for use on both manned and unmanned platforms, supporting X, Ku or Ka band in 0.4-1.1.m using a stabilised pointing antenna.
Elbit Systems have a demonstration of their new AirNet airborne situational awareness datalink and video systems. The system provides real time situational awareness link, a Link 16-type datalink with sufficiently low latency for it to be used for safety of flight, as well as using its throughput to be used to provide new mission data, such as waypoints, mission plans, maps and targeting from the headquarters and can also support real time, sub-HD, full motion video both between aircraft and UAV, as well and to and form ground users. Elbit envisages that the capability will be ported to the V/UHF Elbit Systems SDR-7200A radio launched at the Bangalore Air Show in February 2011 using another radio.
As part of the concept AirNet would be used to populate the company's Next Generation Cockpit based around a Large Area Display and Head Up Display. Elbit signed an MoU with Boeing in March 2012 to supply these systems for Boeing's Super HORNET and the F-15 family of fighters, including as part of Brazilian Air Force's F-X2 fighter competition.
As part of its Concept Vision for Farnborough 2012 MBDA brought its CVS301 VIGILUS air launched weapon system designed for UAVs with an in service date of circa 2035. Part of this was the ARMATUS, an integrated communications and launcher, which would have a phased array antenna at the front and rear of the launcher with the requirement of using an HD capable, COFDM datalink with range of 150km to support targeting and ISR/BDA working from the CAELUS - persistent target identification and tracking missile and the 30km range GLADIUS, a low collateral damage lightweight missile. The system uses wireless a connector-less interfaces between launcher and missiles while within ARMATUS. On the ground the users would control VIGILUS via a wrist mounted display.
Raytheon announced that they had submitted a rapidly field-able solution for the delayed USAF-led Family of Advanced Beyond Line of Sight (FAB-T). The design is based heavily on the company's Navy Maritime Terminal (NMT) Both terminal use the Advanced Extremely High Frequency (AEHF) satellite's XDR waveform. Raytheon also produces the SMART-T terminal and Minuteman Minimum Essential Emergency Communications Network Program Upgrade with 80% of the FAB-T capability being delivered by feature on the three terminals. A decision is expected in August-September with up to 100 systems potentially required.
Rockwell Collins outlined a kill chain for ground support based around a FIRESTORM equipped joint terminal attack controller. The bearer network for the systems used the company AN/ARC-210 Gen5 multi-band SDR operated with an IDM (Improved Data Modem) and communicating data using a VMF (Variable Message Format) tactical datalink. This was connected to a CHINOOK equipped with a TACVIEW display operating with the company's OPENEDGE software for message processing, data link control, user control and display, security and platform interface I/O, as well as the FALCONVIEW, a windows mapping solution.
Selex Elsag had an Integrated Security Demonstration of police and first responders. This comprised the PERSUSUS Communication Service Platform, which supports LTE and 4G for voice data and video. PERSEUS was liked to ELETTRA Suite representing Selex Elsag's TETRA Solutions, which support TETRA Enhance Data Services.
Thales Raytheon Systems launched their Advanced Air Defence concept, which brings together a range of heterogeneous capabilities within a single co-ordinated family. The C2 element to its systems is SkyView, which operates up to theatre airspace control to low level with the CONTROL view systems undertaking the fire control role at the battery and fire unit level.
Ultra Electronics had their TacPod solution based around the TacCore and hosting a number of waveforms including Link 16 SADL, TTNT and multiband CDL. The company also had the Advanced Tactical Airborne Systems, which provides communications interfaces to a number of datalinks.
Missiles at Farnborough
As one of Europe’s leading missile systems companies, MBDA unveiled SPEAR, a new, high precision surface attack weapon for fast combat aircraft. SPEAR is the solution being proposed by MBDA to meet the UK MoD’s requirement for a network centric, low collateral damage, multi-target stand off strike weapon for multiple load out in the internal carriage bay of its future fleet of F-35 JSF aircraft. (Photo: MBDA UK)
New approaches to anti-ship missile requirements at opposite ends of the spectrum were revealed at Farnborough.
MBDA revealed they had successfully demonstrated Dual-Mode BRIMSTONE air-to-surface weapons in the naval role for use against Fast Inshore Attack Craft (FIAC).
At the other end of the spectrum Raytheon are seeking to give their land-attack TOMAHAWK missiles an added anti-ship capability against manoeuvring vessels. Concerned about the growing Chinese threat the US Navy is reported to be considering removing their HARPOON II anti-ship missiles, recently updated, from the inventory and replacing them with longer-ranged TOMAHAWKs.
The company’s Joint Stand-Off Weapon (JSOW) glide bomb is also being developed for the anti-ship role. The Block III (JSOW-C1) is designed to engage moving ships with a Link 16 standard data link and a new seeker and development of an extended range version with Hamilton-Sundstrand TJ-150 turbojet continues to extend the range 70-300 nautical miles.
To meet the British MoD’s Selected Precision Effects At Range (SPEAR) capability requirements, specifically Capability 3, MBDA unveiled SPEAR, a high precision air-to-surface weapon for fast combat aircraft.
Raytheon announced they have successfully demonstrated a wireless method of integrating ENHANCED PAVEWAY II smart bombs into the French Navy’s RAFALEs. The company noted that 70% of direct-use weapons expended in support of Libyan rebels last year were PAVEWAYs and that some air forces had almost exhausted their inventories.
Morocco has bought Raytheon's AIM-9X Block II air-to-air missile and become the weapon’s 10th customer. The Block II adds a redesigned fuze which offers a lock-on-after-launch and datalink capability and it is in the operational testing phase.
Raytheon has also announced it has begun integrating its Miniature Air-Launched Decoy Jammer (MALD-J) into the US Navy’s fleet of F/A-18E/F Super HORNETs and will begin deliveries later this year with operational testing continuing until February 2013. The programmable MALD-J weighs about 135kg and can fly some 500nm and features a <rot>Cobham<P> Antenna Systems’ composite fuselage.
Raytheon was also talking up its GRIFFIN air-to-surface/surface-to-surface missile and claims to be talking with a number of customers and to have received marketing licences for several countries. The 15kg weapon has been selected for use in both USAF and USMC Special Operations HERCULES in the GRIFFIN A aft-ejected version and GRIFFIN B forward firing air-to surface and surface-to-surface versions.
Raytheon has received from Boeing a $636 million development and sustainment contract to provide the Exoatmospheric Kill Vehicle (EKV) which is the prime contractor for the Ground-based Midcourse Defence programme.
France’s defence procurement agency DGA has successfully carried out the first qualification firing test of the SBU-64 laser terminal-guidance version of Sagem’s AASM HAMMER modular ‘smart’ bombs.
The test was carried out at the Cazaux air base at the end of May with the weapon being fired from a production RAFALE fighter. The target, a bridge pier located more than 27nm from the release point, was illuminated by an airborne illuminator that was activated during the last few seconds of the weapon's flight.
Irkut displayed the YAK-130 MITTEN fighter trainer of which the Russian Air Force has placed an order for 55. The manufacturer is now aiming to exploit the aircraft’s capabilities, it can carry a 3t combat payload and has a range of 1,075nm to market it as a light attack aircraft and is planning initially to add an electro-optic system and in-flight refuelling capability and later it may add a radar. Trainer versions were ordered by Russia, Algeria, Syria and Libya, although the change in government has raised questions about this sale, and the aircraft has firm orders for 107 in a foreign market estimated at 250. (Photo: Farnborough)
The RAF's next generation military transport aircraft, the Airbus A400M, has officially been named ATLAS, although the aircraft was only on static display at Farnborough owing to problems with the Europrop International TP-400D6 engines.
The RAF will receive 22 to replace the C-130 HERCULES fleet and, together with the VOYAGER and C-17, it will provide the UK military's future air transport force. The first ATLAS, previously known as GRIZZLY, is expected to be delivered to the RAF in 2014.
Thales announces that its TopOwl Helmet-Mounted Sight and Display (HMSD) has been selected by the Organisation for Joint Armaments Cooperation (OCCAR) for flight testing on board the A400M prototype. The purpose of the tests, scheduled between June 2012 and April 2013, is to confirm compatibility of HMSD with the military transport aircraft for night missions.
Meanwhile the UK MoD has awarded a multi-million pound contract to supply the first full-flight simulator (FFS) for the ATLAS. The FFS will be developed and produced by Thales UK and a second contract is anticipated with both simulators being delivered to RAF Brize Norton in Oxfordshire.
Airbus Military and MBDA have successfully completed the first flight of the C295 maritime patrol aircraft with an instrumented MARTE MK2/S anti-ship inert missile installed under the wing.
The flight was the first of a series of trials planned in a joint Airbus Military – MBDA collaboration to validate the aerodynamic integration of MARTE on the C295. Subsequent flights will include handling qualities tests and aircraft flight performance tests.
In the anti-submarine warfare (ASW) role, the C295 is already in-service carrying the Mk46 torpedo. The Marte Mk2/S is a fire-and-forget, all-weather, medium-range sea-skimming anti-ship weapon system, equipped with inertial mid-course guidance and radar homing terminal guidance, and capable of destroying small vessels and heavily damaging major vessels.
By contrast Agusta Westland was buoyant with the new AW 159 WILDCAT being formally unveiled at Paris and plans to offer another 20 AW101 helicopters to the Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force. The service already operates 14 aircraft (as MCH-101/CH-101) in the mine counter-measures and utility roles and is now seeking 20 helicopters for the SAR role, having won a contract from the Indian Air Force for the AW101. The WILDCAT multi-role was unveiled by DefSec Philip Hammond, having been delivered in April followed by another four with orders for 62. It is scheduled to enter service with the British Army in 2014 (34) and the Royal Navy (28) the following year in the general purpose role succeeding the LYNX family. AgustaWestland is joined with key suppliers GKN Aerospace, LHTEC (a partnership between Rolls-Royce, Honeywell, General Dynamics UK, Thales UK, and GE Aviation) and Selex Galileo.
British Secretary of State for Defence Philip Hammond speaks during a press conference to mark the delivery of the Agusta Westland AW159 WILDCAT helicopter at Farnborough International Airshow in Farnborough, 11 July 2012.
The company is marketing a package of products including a military version of the AW139 medium lift helicopter, the AW139M. This has been first purchased by the Italian Air Force for the SAR role with deliveries beginning in March and the last of 10 aircraft being received by the end of the year. The company believes it has good prospects for the AW149, which has also been selected by the Italian Defence Ministry.
BAE Systems, which recently sold 22 HAWK 165 Advanced Jet Trainers (AJT), is hoping to sell about a dozen more to an unspecified customer taking total Hawk sales to more than 1,000. The AJT is able to provide training to pilots in advanced combat aircraft and the company is considering a new version, OC4+ in the second half of the decade.
With sales of more than 4,500 aircraft, the Lockheed Martin F-16 FIGHTING FALCON is one of the most widely used combat aircraft on the planet and while sales continue, the latest being 24 F-16 Block 50/52 for Morocco, there is clearly a market for upgrading this 40-year-old aircraft. A major opportunity is developing with the USAF, which plans to remove Block 25 and Block 30/32 (F-16A/B) from its inventory and upgrade 400 Block 40/42 and 275 Block 50/52 (F-16C/D) and in April issued a pre-solicitation notice for the F-16 Combat Avionics Programmed Extension Suite (CAPES). This will be a solely for Lockheed Martin Aeronautics (LMA), which is already considering exploiting this position to offer upgrades to bring the aircraft into what it first revealed at Singapore as F-16V, a version of which was rejected by India during the Medium Multi-Role Combat Aircraft (MMRCA) competition.
Russian Helicopters presented their latest additions to its range, including the international debut of the Ka-62 as it continues to expand its offering of civilian helicopters.
Saab used Farnborough to strengthen its marketing position in maritime reconnaissance displaying for the first time the Saab 340 MSA Maritime Surveillance Aircraft (MSA) based on its feeder liner design.
This includes Telephonics’ radar, FLIR Systems EO sensor, satellite communications and data links. The aircraft can take an extra fuel tank in the cabin to extend endurance to nine hours and the avionics suite is also being offered in a maritime patrol aircraft based upon the Piaggio P.180 AVANTI II in an Abu Dhabi-funded project. This aircraft will have a larger wing to provide more fuel capacity and an endurance of up to 10 hours at a range of 3,300 nautical miles.
Delivered to Linkoping on 12 June, the SELEX Galileo RAVEN ES-05 AESA fire control radar, was installed on 16 June with no difficulty and immediately began integration testing in preparation for its Farnborough debut, flying in the GRIPEN. This event, achieved in close collaboration with Saab, marked a major milestone for both the radar and the aircraft programmes, and is the culmination of an intense period of development by both SELEX Galileo and Saab.
Saab is also offering a maritime patrol version of its Saab 2000 regional airliner as SWORDFISH, with an eye to a British requirement after Whitehall scrapped its NIMROD fleet. The airliner is out of production but the company believe there is a growing demand for turboprop aircraft in both civil and military roles.
Saab furthermore unveiled its new Saab 340 Maritime Security Aircraft at the air show. The aircraft is capable of effectively monitoring large areas and is the key to maritime domain awareness. The Saab 340 MSA is a reliable multi-purpose aircraft offering surveillance, SAR, transport and MEDEVAC capabilities.
Saab also displayed their next generation GRIPEN E/F demonstrator with newly installed AESA radar, the Selex Galileo RAVEN ES-05 installed a month earlier. The company is pursuing a 22 aircraft deal with Switzerland and is also a competitor for the much-delayed Brazilian FX-2 programme, which has a requirement for 36-100 aircraft but for which industry is expecting no decision until the New Year. With the Lockheed Martin F-35 LIGHTNING II programme in trouble in both Denmark and the Netherlands, Saab are looking to further new European markets.
The aircraft features the F414G engine, Selex SKYWARD-G IRST system, as well as improved laser and electronic warning systems.
Sikorsky and Lockheed Martin are strengthening their efforts to export naval S.60 helicopters after receiving a multi-million dollar multi-year contract for 131 MH-60R and 63 MH-60S SEAHAWK helicopters.
Seen and Heard in Between the Chalets, Halls, and Static DisplaysBAE Systems are hoping their BLAST (Brownout Landing Air System Technology) for helicopters will find a market with the US Army, which is scheduled to issue a requirement next year having lost more than 130 helicopters with 189 deaths between 2002 and 2008, 57% due to loss of visibility.
At FIA, Boeing explained that the company is using its iR&D to take the capabilities of the P-8 and integrate them with the super mid-sized business jet of an as yet unnamed manufacturer.
The French defence procurement agency DGA has awarded Cassidian a contract to supply 150 MSR (Monopulse Secondary Radar) 1000 I interrogator for the short-range friend-or-foe identification (IFF).
Elbit Systems introduced the new J-MUSIC DIRCM system, specifically designed and optimised to protect medium to large aircraft. Based on the same proven technologies of the C-MUSIC system, selected by the Israeli Government to protect passenger aircraft, J-MUSIC is an advanced multi-spectral IR fiber-laser based DIRCM system, which rapidly acquires and tracks incoming man-portable missiles (MANPADS) and deflects them from the target using a very powerful laser beam.
Elbit Systems EW and SIGINT – Elisra presented the ALL-in-SMALL unified self protection system, offering a complete, lightweight and compact electronic warfare (EW) suite in a single LRU for any airborne platform. (Photo: Mönch / DPM)
Meanwhile GKN Aerospace has delivered its 750th TORNADO assembly to the RAF, as part of the company’s maintenance contract with BAE Systems, awarded in 2006 and continuing until at least 2016. This work package forms one element in the UK MoD/BAE Systems ATTAC (Availability Transformation: TORNADO Aircraft) agreement, which is aimed at providing effective, through life support for the GR4 aircraft.
MBDA’s METEOR has just finished testing, and the UK has signed a production contract. METEOR will be entering production for the UK by the end of 2012. The Eurofighter TYPHOON has always been one of the initial fielding platforms for this ramjet-powered, Mach 4, long range air-to-air missile, and METEOR-armed RAF TYPHOONs are slated for a contract by the end of 2012, according to Enzo Casolini, CEO of Eurofighter, who went on to say that the offer to South Korea was sent out recently.
The AESA radar is becoming a competitive gap for Eurofighter. American fighters have operational AESAs, France is about to start fielding the RBE2-AA on the RAFALE, and Sweden’s Saab is about to begin flight tests with its ES-05 RAVEN AESA. When fielded, the E-Scan Radar will need to be offered with multiple air-to-air and air-to-ground modes, in order to be competitive in the global marketplace.
The target is to have it developed in the next 10 years, by 2013 the C-Model of the Radar should fly, according to Casolini.
MBDA revealed a concept for a family of future UCAVs, CVS301 VIGILUS, which might provide flexible targeting and strike capability by 2030. The weapon system would consist of an integrated launcher (ARMATUS) and communications unit, a scout missile, a family of effectors and an integrated weapon command system which would deliver greater situational awareness as well as rapid engagement of multiple important targets.
Selex Sistemi Integrati exhibited its competencies also in the Air area, where the company showcased FlexMiS, a light carbon fiber aircraft transportable structure and the Multi Data Link Processor (MDL-P), developed by the company to manage in an automatic way several kinds of tactical links. Also in this domain the capabilities of Selex Sistemi Integrati find their natural application through highly effective strategic and tactical solutions, starting from the design and realisation of the air defence radars, such as the RAT 31DL. It is the most sold 3D, long range radar system ever sold within NATO countries, available in fixed and transportable version.
Ultra Electronics revealed its Tactical Airborne C3I Pod (TACPOD) for tactical communications beyond line-of-sight. The 60kg (full load) pod is designed to be mounted in manned or unmanned aircraft and features Battlefield Integrated Gateway for Tactical Exchange (BIGTEX) software and is designed for easy installation and integration. It can provide 45mbit of information at distances up to 200nm. Two were built for US PREDATOR UAS as an urgent operational requirement and another 14 have been ordered for delivery from 2013, the system also being available for export.
Raytheon outlined the facilities and technology they are bringing to bear to meet under a $4.7 million contract, awarded in late May due to run until 2015 for Engineering and Manufacturing Development phase of the Personal Electronics Computer and Display System in support of the Air Soldier System Increment 1 for Army Aviation.
The system comprises the Soldier Worn Computer, supporting mounted and dismounted operations, the Soldier Worn Display, a rugged display with a digital moving map, sensor imagery, video and text messaging, and can be used on wrist, leg and vest mounted operation. The display supports both Windows 7 and Android. Another part is Gentex Visionix who are supplying their SCORPION Helmet Mounted Cueing System a full colour monocle display, which is also read in production for Air Nation Guard and Air Force pilots on F-16 and A-10 aircraft. The system also includes 3D directional audio.
Embraer and Boeing have teamed up (shown Luiz Carlos Aguiar, CEO Embraer Defense and Security and Dennis Muilenburg, President and CEO of Boeing Defense during the signing ceremony) not only, but mostly in the pursuit of a 20-aircraft light air support (LAS) deal with the USAF. This deal will lead to the US company integrating attack weapons including its JDAM series on the Brazilian manufacturer's A-29 Super TUCANO. (Photo: Mönch / DPM)
Insitu unveilled at FIA that it had recently completed integration of the SCAN EAGLE aboard three of the Republic of Singapore Navy's (RSN's) VICTORY-class missile corvettes, and that the company had signed a deal with Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) to supply the system to Japan, deployable on land in a maritime surveillance and disaster relief role with the Japan Self-Defence Force.
Farnborough reflected the continued expansion of the world aerospace business revealing that orders announced by the end of the event totalled £46.6 billion.
This was 53% up on the 2010 event when there were orders for £31 billion, and only £16 billion below the peak boom year in 2008 when the show saw $88.7 billion of orders.
More than 140 aircraft took part in the static and flying displays.
This is the combined effort of the MT editorial team, consisting of Dennis-P. Merklinghaus, Ted Hooton, and Adam Baddeley.