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26 March 2014

FIDAE 2014: Seen and Heard on Day Two

Rockwell Collins is exhibiting their globally proven, exportable avionics and communication solutions at the USA Pavilion: Hall C, Stand 34; and at the Brazil Pavilion: Hall E1, Stand 30. This includes the Pro Line FUSION flight deck on the Rockwell Collins Virtual Avionics Procedures Trainer simulator, TALON radio international programmable airborne radio, C-130 Engine Instrument Display System (EIDS), flight control and navigation systems for UAVs, HF Cellular system for secure communications across any terrain, Wide Band HF communications for moving high band width data, 721S fixed site radios, subnet relay for mobile ad hoc networking, and FIRESTORM situational awareness system for tracking friends and foes.


AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, attends FIDAE 2014 showing an Italian Air Force AW139M intermediate twin and a single engine AW119Ke for fire-fighting applications operated by FAASA, thus showcasing both military and parapublic capabilities. The company has a longstanding and well established presence in South America with the sale of hundreds of helicopters for both civil and government applications in a number of countries. Over 250 commercial units have been sold so far in the region with Brazil and Chile being key markets with helicopters in service for various roles.

AW 139 at FIDAE 2014 (Photo: DPM)

In the military sector, the Brazilian Navy operates the LYNX Mk.21 for multirole and anti-surface warfare. The presence of AgustaWestland in Chile has rapidly grown for both government and commercial duties. Carabineros de Chile operate five AW109 POWER light twins for a range of law enforcement tasks. For fire-fighting missions the AW119Ke single engine and the W-3A SOKOL 6.4t twin engine helicopter are providing effective support but Chile is also demonstrating increasingly interest in VIP/corporate transport helicopters.

AgustaWestland do Brasil, an AgustaWestland company, supports the Brazilian and South America’s fleet with a comprehensive package of maintenance services through its Service Centre in Sao Paulo. In addition, a number of independent maintenance centres, certified by the Authority, and AgustaWestland Authorized Service Centers, such as Helipark and Lider, operate in the country. AgustaWestland do Brasil is to undergo a major expansion with the building of a new facility in Sao Paulo. The new facility is designed to cope with the expected introduction of significant numbers of new AW189 and AW169 helicopters into the Brazilian market. In Chile, Aviasur is an appointed distributor in Chile and Peru and operator of an AgustaWestland Service Centre, operating AW119Kx and GrandNew helicopters.

With an ever expanding product portfolio, AgustaWestland sees further significant business opportunities in South America for its range of solutions. The all new AW169 4.5t class, whose certification is expected at the end of 2014, and AW189 8.3t, certified a few weeks ago, have further enhanced AgustaWestland’s capability to meet the latest demand in the world market. AgustaWestland is in fact the only helicopter manufacturer able to offer operators a family of next generation helicopters spanning the 4.5-8t weight range. The AW169, AW139 and AW189 share the same design philosophy, safety features, maintenance concept and common cockpit design, all of which will deliver reduced through life costs for the operator of more than one type.

As far as military requirements is concerned, AgustaWestland is able to offer the most suitable products for the task, be it homeland security duties, light utility helicopter and naval roles-dedicated helicopters.


At FIDAE 2014, Thales, at stand B 64, presents a broad range of equipment and solutions in the following areas:

Thales' GOBO (Ground Observer BO) ground surveillance radar at FIDAE 2014 (Photo: DPM)

Advanced air defence: Thales is a leader in air defence solutions and is able to deliver a fully integrated air defence capability, from radars and C2 centres through to effectors and their respective fire control systems. Thales’s Advanced Air Defence offering is an integrated set of solutions designed to ensure timely decision-making and effective responses for the protection of military forces, key assets, nations and citizens around the globe. Thales and ThalesRaytheonSystems have developed, manufactured and supported air defence systems for customers worldwide for more than 40 years. Over 300 air defence radars have been sold to 26 countries. Thales is also a supplier of integrated weapon systems, with more than 450 mobile, integrated systems in service with customers throughout the world. Its solutions include the STARStreak system, integrated on a wide range of armoured vehicle platforms. Thales’s innovations in open systems architecture are behind the development of the RAPID range of mobile integrated weapon systems, which combine sophisticated sensors, fire control software, latest-generation human-machine interfaces and a wide range of weapons, including missiles, guns and directed-energy weapons.

Thales offers a broad array of communication products and solutions to provide the Armed Forces with the information superiority and network-centric capabilities they need. Thales offers interoperable systems and a complete range of tactical radios for all levels of command, from C2 centres to infantry in the field and for land, air and naval platforms, to meet the requirements for air-to-air, ground-to-air and surface-to-air communications. The Armed Forces of more than 50 countries around the world are equipped with Thales communication solutions

Thales is a pioneer in optronic equipment and systems, with thousands of products in service in more than 60 countries. Working closely with its partners and end users, Thales draws on a range of advanced optronics technologies to develop imaging and image processing solutions, tailored to the precise requirements of each customer.

Today, Thales ranks as one of the leading global providers of Air Traffic Management (ATM) solutions. Thales’s mission is to contribute to the future prosperity of the civil aerospace sector by providing equipment, systems and services - both in the air and on the ground - to support air traffic controllers, airports and civil aviation authorities in meeting the challenges of growth, safety, economic and environmental performance, security and passenger comfort.

Thales Alenia Space is a European leader in high-resolution optical and radar (sub-metric) payloads for military, civil or dual-use missions: intelligence gathering, target designation, meteorology, oceanography, climatology, mapping and crisis management. The world leader in space altimetry, Thales Alenia Space has been the exclusive supplier for the last 30 years of all high- and very-high-resolution optical instruments on French intelligence satellites, as well as for Italy with the dual-use COSMOSkyMed constellation.

Thales is a major training services provider serving an international customer base in the military domain, as well as in the civil helicopter area. Thales works with its customers to analyse their requirements in full, and developed thorough understanding of them. Thales can design the solution that meets their operational and financial needs precisely. Thales then implements the training solution and relevant infrastructure, getting the customer’s unique training underway. Depending on the requirements, Thales’s solutions include a full range of equipment, systems and infrastructure, from basic to advanced, from standalone missions to collective operations, and for all platforms, across all domains.

Thales, a global technology leader in the aerospace, transportation and defence & security markets, presents its latest products and technologies at stand B 64. Organised every two years for over 35 years with the support of the Chilean government, FIDAE is one of the key events for defence, aerospace and security professionals in Latin America.

Thales has been operating in Chile since 1968, mainly serving the air traffic control market, armed forces (air, land and naval), the civil aviation authority, the finance industry, the urban rail transport sector and also providing avionics equipment and service activities. With over 40 years of history in Latin America, Thales has continuously expanded its operations and has strengthened its presence in the region through a number of significant local partnerships. Thales employs about 650 people in the region and serves the aerospace, defence, security transportation and space markets.


For the first time as a new entity and with new branding, Airbus Defence and Space, presents its the business activities of the former Airbus Military, Astrium, and Cassidian, and its complete portfolio under the same umbrella at the Airbus Group Chalet (D4-D8).

This region is one of the key markets for the company, which already has a strong presence in the area through all its business lines. In Latin America, there are 115 Airbus Defence and Space military transport aircraft in operation with 13 customers. A C295 of the Brazilian Air Force (FAB) is present in the static display of the show.

As number one worldwide for export of Earth observation satellite Systems and a world leader for telecom satellites, Airbus Defence and Space is the sponsor of the Space Conference at FIDAE, which takes place 26-27 March at the FIDAE Conference Center. The second edition of this conference is focused on the utilisation of the space and its derivative applications as instruments to support the development of nations. Airbus Defence and Space built the Chilean satellite system, FaSat CHARLIE (SSOT) which was launched almost 2.5 years ago, which is functioning perfectly, and constitutes the most powerful Earth observation system ever flown in Latin America.

Regarding the border surveillance segment, Airbus Defence and Space, through its Optronics unit, also shows the capabilities of the SPEXER 1000 radar and the multi sensor platform NIGHTOWLZ.

Cassidian Optronics' NIGHTOWLZ at FIDAE 2014 (Photo: DPM)


Rheinmetall at FIDAE 2014 exhibits a representative selection of its diverse array of products for military and security forces. Building on a proud tradition, the Düsseldorf, Germany-based Rheinmetall Group covers many different capability categories.

Two combat vehicles that have proven indispensable in recent decades are the LEOPARD main battle tank (MBT) and the MARDER infantry fighting vehicle (IFV). Combining its proven competence in land systems with its expertise as a systems integrator, Rheinmetall is able to modify legacy systems to make them more than a match for current challenges and threats. The group also offers lifecycle support for land systems.

Rheinmetall has specialised for many years in developing and producing high-quality components and innovative systems for protecting people, vehicles, aircraft, ships and installations, and offers a wide range of highly effective active, passive and soft-kill protection solutions. Thanks to its LEOPARD 2 expertise, Rheinmetall is able to offer combat-proven protection solutions for this main battle tank, which is one of the world’s leading combat systems. Moreover, as a systems supplier, Rheinmetall makes made-to-measure protection solutions for every type of platform. A growing customer base attests to Rheinmetall’s experience and competence in this field. At FIDAE 2014 the Düsseldorf, Germany-based Group is displaying a selection of its state-of-the-art systems and solutions for force protection.

Rheinmetall Chempro supplies add-on armour and spall liners, as well as anti-mine seats which are decoupled from the vehicle floor. These features provide the crew with reliable protection from RPG attacks, APFDS-T rounds, anti-tank guided missiles with a tandem shaped charge, and landmines. All of these protection components are in series production and combat proven. They can be retrofitted into existing systems without impairing the vehicle’s mobility.

Proven and in series production, the Active Defence System (ADS) is the world’s most advanced and effective standoff hard-kill system for protecting military vehicles in practically every weight class from operational threats. The sensor system detects incoming projectiles such as shaped charge warheads or antitank guided missiles. In a matter of microseconds, the system activates a protective sector and neutralises the incoming object by means of a countermeasure immediately before it reaches its target. Because it operates in a downward direction, ADS is one of the only high performance close-quarters protection systems that minimises collateral damage in the immediate vicinity of the vehicle.

The MASKE 66/76mm is a combat-proven IR smoke screening grenade that significantly reduces the accuracy of enemy fire by interrupting the line of sight (LOS) in the visible and infrared wavebands. It protects vehicles from visual and IR observation as well as from sensor-guided weapons, including laser beam-riders, laser illuminators and laser rangefinders.

Aerial attacks continue to pose a major threat to troop concentrations, military bases, civilian population centres and critical civilian infrastructure. Today, over 40 nations place their trust in Rheinmetall’s antiaircraft and air defence expertise.

In the domain of cannon-based air defence technology, Rheinmetall is a global leader and the sole single-source supplier of battle management systems, fire control systems, automatic cannon, integrated missile launchers and Ahead airburst ammunition. Its core competencies include the development and manufacture of complete air defence systems as well as simulators and training equipment.

As a performance-driven global player, Rheinmetall has unique expertise and innovative strength in armour, artillery, air defence, medium calibre, mortar and infantry ammunition and systems.

Rheinmetall’s supplies the world’s Armed Forces with customised services and an unparalleled range of products that includes environment-friendly and insensitive ammunition as well as state-of-the-art effectors. Prominent examples are the Group’s extensive portfolio of 40mm ammunition, the new family of insensitive 60mm mortar rounds, medium-calibre Ahead airburst ammunition, 105mm and 155mm artillery ammunition and propulsion systems and, last but not least, programmable 120mm tank rounds that are fully compatible with Rheinmetall’s 120mm smoothbore gun, which of course serves as the main armament of the LEOPARD 2 and M1A1 ABRAMS main battle tanks in service with many armed forces worldwide.

Two state-of-the-art system solutions, HEROLD and HEROLD Navy, are on display at FIDAE 2014. HEROLD and HEROLD Navy are electro-optical surveillance and fire control systems which assure continuous 360° surveillance, detection, alerting and simultaneous tracking of more than 256 moving ground/surface and airborne objects. HEROLD Navy is fine-tuned for use on naval vessels. The combined key capabilities of the HEROLD (land) and HEROLD Navy (sea) system solutions enable the operator to constantly generate and maintain the optimum situational awareness.
Visitors to FIDAE 2014 can also learn more about Rheinmetall’s Persistent Surveillance System (PSS). This modular and scalable system can easily be configured to meet specific needs, with future growth potential when customer requirements change. It comprises two separately available systems: the Persistent Surveillance Aerostat (PSA) and the Persistent Surveillance Tower (PST). The PSA consists of a stabilized electro-optical sensor system attached to an aerostat and tethered at altitudes of up to 300 metres, providing extended range surveillance capabilities of up to 20 km. The PST has a stabilized electro-optical sensor system and optional ground radars installed on a trailer-mounted mast that can be raised up to 32 metres in height. It provides surveillance capabilities at ranges of up to 10km in all weather conditions.

A key tool for network-enabled operations is Rheinmetall’s Sensor Command and Control Planning Suite, or SC2PS. The Sensor Command and Control Planning Suite is a real-time, multi-sensor application for exploiting data from soldier systems, ground-based sensor sources, tactical aerostats and UAVs. SC2PS gives commanders a powerful tool for sensor mission planning, post-mission analysis, reporting and decision-making. SC2PS data is both Multilateral Interoperability Program (MIP) compliant and Coalition Shared Data (CSD) compatible. Among other things, SC2PS is used by the military to simplify the planning of sensor deployments for optimizing sensor performance and coverage.

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