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25 March 2014

FIDAE 2014: Seen and Heard on Day One

Elbit Systems presents a wide range of advanced next-generation systems and solutions at FIDAE exhibition. The company’s exhibition (Israeli pavilion, stand D1-K) is the place for a full spectrum of advanced systems demonstrating leadership in all of its business areas, from C4I systems to advanced avionics and electro-optic (EO) systems, as well as unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) and more.


Frequentis, an international supplier of individual solutions for network-enabled operations, is exhibiting existing products and innovative solutions for control centres in safety-critical environments at booth E28c. In addition to the latest proven National Air Policing Centre Solution, Frequentis is presenting the innovative Hybrid Control Centre Solution with a live demonstration.

Frequentis Defence offers individual solutions for network-enabled operations, addressing military air traffic management, command and control (C2), tactical networks, national and border security, as well as surveillance and reconnaissance. High reliability, innovative human-machine interfaces and proven technologies assure customer satisfaction and a leading market position. Frequentis maintains a worldwide network of subsidiaries, offices and local representatives in more than 50 countries. The company has long-term relationships with many international military customers as well as with NATO. As a renowned provider of integrated control centre solutions Frequentis promises mission-tailored solutions, flexible scalability, as well as a maximum of cost-effectiveness.


Honeywell Aerospace is a leading provider of integrated avionics, safety systems, engines and service solutions for land vehicles and systems, helicopters, fixed-wing aircraft and unmanned aerial vehicles. Honeywell’s technological solutions are proven to be highly reliable and capable, providing the power to protect and the technology to perform in any operational environment. At FIDAE 2014, Honeywell is showcasing its array of defence solutions, at booth #C23, in the North American Pavilion, including:
Weather radars, enhanced ground proximity warning system, TCAS, SMARTRUNWAY-SMARTLANDING, Sky Connect tracking system, SATCOM systems, onboard and carry-on vibration monitoring systems (HUMS), and the TPE331 engine.


MBDA’s stand (B 21) at FIDAE 2014 demonstrates the company’s capability of being able to provide latest technology guided weapons solutions to each of the Armed Forces – air force, navy and army. Special focus ise placed on the MBDA’s METEOR beyond visual range air-to-air missile (BVRAAM), which has been described as a “game changer” in the air superiority domain and which is displayed for the first time at FIDAE. Another highlight on the stand is a new generation of naval and ground based air defence systems deploying the highly flexible, modular CAMM missile.

On show is a GIRPEN E variant with a METEOR for the first time in Latin America, which was announced as the winner of Brazil’s FX-2 competition in December 2013 (contract to be signed later this year, with 36 aircraft at stage, deliveries will be taking place between 2018 and 2023.

METEOR is a six European nation programme which will provide GRIPEN, EUROFIGHTER, and RAFALE with a next generation BVRAAM capability. This missile’s very long range, combined with its ramjet-induced speed, result in a weapon that has an unequalled No Escape Zone. METEOR has been designed to be many times superior to the most sophisticated current and emerging Air-to-Air threat; its strength is based on its ability to provide maximum velocity and hence agility right at the very extreme of the flight envelope, during the final moments of the mission, namely the crucial end-game.

Another weapon displayed on the GRIPEN is MBDA’s Dual Mode BRIMSTONE (DMB). This highly effective air-to-surface weapon, easily integrated on a range of platforms, features both a radar and a SAL (Semi-Active Laser) seeker capability. Significantly, it has proven its unerring accuracy under combat conditions during operations in Afghanistan and Libya. Recent trials have shown its remarkable accuracy against land vehicles moving at speeds of 70km/h in a cluttered environment, as well as its unique ability to neutralise the fast emerging FIAC (Fast Inshore Attack Craft) threat in littoral waters (BRIMSTONE has carried out anti-FIAC firings in both air launched and surface-to-surface scenarios).

MBDA is furthermore associated with the world’s leading developments in both ground and naval based air defence. With ASTER and VL MICA missiles, MBDA has established itself at the forefront of this area of technology with systems capable of defeating the wide range of airborne threat from combat aircraft to UAVs and cruise missiles. Both VL MICA and ASTER missile based systems are in service and have proven their capabilities after numerous successful test firings. Aster missiles have shown their capabilities against targets representing not only sea-skimming, supersonic anti-ship missiles but also ballistic missiles.

MBDA’s latest addition to its catalogues of air defence systems is based on the CAMM modular missile. This is being developed for the UK Armed Forces to replace the SEAWOLF systems currently deployed in its fleet of Type 23 destroyers and also its Rapier ground based air defence systems. In due course the CAMM missile will also feed technology towards a future development of the ASRAAM missile.

CAMM, as well as being modular and hence highly flexible in its applications, also features a number of operational advantages. Being a soft-launch system, it is extremely easy to install within a new ship build or a ship refit as it needs no special arrangement for efflux management. In 2013, MBDA received the development and production order for the naval CAMM system to supply the UK Royal Navy where it will be known as Sea Ceptor. In the first instance, Sea Ceptor will replace Seawolf and then be transferred to the Royal Navy’s new Type 26 ships as they take over from the Type 23. Last year also saw the first export success for Sea Ceptor, with the missile being selected by the Royal Navy of New Zealand as part of its upgrade programme for its two ANZAC class frigates.
For a highly mobile urban air defence system, CAMM also offers many advantages. One of these, and highly important for an urban system, is the fact that the soft launched CAMM does not have a booster which of course, following its ejection, would pose dangers not only to civilian property but also to civilian safety as well.

With vast coastlines being a feature of many Latin American countries, anti-ship capabilities in both blue water and littoral areas are crucial to maintain and protect national territorial integrity. To provide customers with the widest choice of solutions possible, MBDA can offer two families of missile based on EXOCET and MARTE. Both are extremely versatile and include fixed, rotary and surface launched versions. Both families are being displayed at FIDAE.


For the first time in Latin America under its new branding, Airbus Helicopters displays its efficient and adapted product line-up, featuring rotorcraft flown by a cross-section of Latin American operators to underscore the company’s leadership in this portion of the world.

Maintaining an overall 40 percent market share in Latin America during the past five years with a deployed fleet of more than 1,350 rotorcraft across the region, Airbus Helicopters has developed a diversified customer base, as well as a strong industrial presence – with 1,200 employees assigned to its subsidiaries in Brazil, Chile and Mexico for production, maintenance and support.


DCNS is attending the show to rpresent its range to the world’s Navies. The DCNS presence is also the opportunity to show its involvement in marine renewable energy, a fast-growing sector in Chile.

Partner of the Chilean Navy for a number of years, DCNS opened a representation office in Santiago two years ago to maintain a preferential link with the Navy and meet its requirements. Chile is one of the first countries to have chosen the SCORPENE-class submarine, in late 1997. Less than a decade later the Navy was operating two submarines adapted to its needs and fitted with the very latest cutting-edge technologies.

DCNS is already established in Latin America, Chile and Brazil having chosen the DCNS group to upgrade and renew their submarine fleets. Setting up local partnerships also contributes to the success of these programs, for example through cooperation agreements and transfers of technology. Building on its successes, DCNS intends to pursue the development of its activities and put its broad experience in naval programs at the service of the Navies.

DCNS offers a complete range of products and services adapted to the needs of the Navies. The work of DCNS includes the design, production and maintenance of the products proposed to the customers. The group offers its customers submarines such as the Scorpène class and surface ships such as the GOWIND OPV and corvette range and the FREMM multimission frigates. DCNS is also an innovator in energy, supplying turnkey solutions in this field.


At FIDAE, Indra presents its range of solutions for air traffic management and communications, navigation and surveillance systems (CNS-ATM), and the company's ADS-B passive surveillance systems.

Indra also provides information on automated air traffic management systems, a technology that has been implemented in air control centers and towers in a number of Latin American countries. The multinational displays the advanced arrivals and departures management system (AMAN/DMAN) that it has integrated with its automated air traffic management system. This solution facilitates the sequencing of aircraft movements in the airport, increasing efficiency and capacity.

In the field of radio navigation, Indra displays its Ground Based Augmentation System (GBAS) solution, which supports air navigation in the last phase of flight, and provides information about the NORMAC family of radio navigation solutions (ILS, DVOR, DME and GBAS).

Visitors can also learn about Indra's multilateration system, a technology that accurately calculates the position of an aircraft in the airport apron. The system allows tracking of aircraft and all vehicles equipped with a transponder, improving availability and safety in low visibility conditions at the aerodrome.

At its stand, the company also exhibits the well-known range of products of its German subsidiary, Indra Avitech. The eWiz@rd, AviSuite and AxL solutions are supporting integration of the aeronautical data exchange systems, AIM, OLDI and SWIM.


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