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27 March 2014

FIDAE 2014: Seen and Heard on Day Three

Vectronix is exhibiting its GONIOLIGHT digital obervation station, a high precision targeting and locating system, at the show. The GONIOLIGHT acts as the human-machine interface and communicates with the payloads and peripheral devices and command and control systems. It can include the handheld VECTOR rangefinder binoculars and the JIM LR to give maximum flexibility to the user. So far 20 countries are using 2,200 systems, among them Germany, Norway, Sweden, and the UAE.


Brüggemann, together with Airtec, are showcasing the new 35T-R SLS (Static Line System) CYPRES 2 (Cybernetic Parachite Release System) mounted in a chest device. The system is 7.6kg can is able to carry 180kg. The system has been sold to a first international NATO customer, and is creating interest worldwide.


Miccavionics are showcasing their Situational Mission Awareness Software (SIMAS), which includes an advanced geographical information system able to process various formats, data, and geo-referenced pictures; a flight management system that creates and manages detailed flight plans; an integrated vertical terrain profile, providing information before and during a flight; and standart search patterns, giving the user the ability to adapt patterns to concrete searches. Data bases, checklists and the such are all part of SIMAS, making


Russian Helicopters, a subsidiary of Oboronprom, part of State Corporation Rostec, showcases new models including the Mi-171A2 and Ka-32A11BC at stand D70. In collaboration with Rosobornexport, Russian Helicopters also presents the multirole Mi-35M military transport helicopter.


SIBAT, the International Defence Cooperation Division of the Israel Ministry of Defense (MoD), based on previous years’ success, is promoting selected cutting-edge technologies from Israel's defence industry at the Israel National Pavilion, Hall D. This year, the Israel National Pavilion includes 13 companies presenting a wide range of solutions - evidence of Latin America's growth trend and the need for and recognition of security and defence solutions in the region.

Beth-El Industries is a worldwide leading manufacturer and designer of CBRN Air Filtration Systems for Vehicles, Mobile Shelters, Ships, Tents, and Bomb Shelters. Alongside the NBC line of products, Beth-El manufactures Blast Protection Valves and unique Medical Isolation products for pandemic protection - as well as vehicle subsystems such as Fuel Pumps and Engine Air Filters for military tanks and heavy duty trucks. Years of experience within real conflict scenarios, harsh terrains, rigorous testing, and a customer base of more than 60 armies and civilian authorities from around the world, has given Beth-El Industries vast knowledge in the fields of CBRN, blast protection and air filtration. Beth-El Industries’ in-house engineering ensures individualised and sophisticated solutions to today’s security threats.

Camero is a world leader and pioneer in the development and marketing of radar-based Through-Wall Imaging systems used by numerous Armies, Special Forces and law enforcement agencies worldwide. Camero’s solutions provide real time information enabling fast and critical lifesaving decisions at any urban combat scenarios. The company will showcase its XAVER Net - a wireless command and control platform designed specifically to support the deployment of the XAVER 400 and XAVER 100 systems, and includes a ruggedised PDA that can quickly connect with the deployed Xaver systems. The XAVER Net PDA supports viewing and control of multiple XAVER systems with an intuitive interface. This capability adds a new dimension of situational awareness to the operator by providing through-wall detection and imaging information from multiple XAVER systems at a remote distance.

CI Systems, a leader in E-O testing, measurement, and simulation solutions, develops, manufactures, sells and services sophisticated electro-optical test and measurement systems for the defence, industrial, and scientific markets. CI provides test and development equipment for CCD, night vision goggles , FLIR cameras, LRF, Laser Designators, weapon targeting systems, and heat-seeking missiles, and supplies field and depot level maintenance staff with test and support equipment to ensure maximum operational readiness. CI recently supplied an advanced Missile Warning System tester and simulator for DIRCM aircraft missile defense systems. It also provided an electro-optical tester for the LEOPARD Tank fire control system, which can be performed on the tank without removing the components. The company has also delivered an electro-optical test bench for testing long range observation surveillance camera systems combined with laser range finder and laser pointer, which is deployed in South America.

Elbit Systems presents a range of next-generation systems and solutions, demonstrating leadership in all of its business areas. Advanced C4I systems include Command, Control and Computers, Digital Army Program (DAP) and Multi-Sensor Concepts, Cyber Security Simulator and Wise Intelligence Technology system. Future Soldier solutions include DOMINATOR IICS (Integrated Infantry Combat System) and DOMINATOR-Light Dismounted. Electro-optic systems displayed are Long View CR for very long-range observation and the CORAL-CR, Mini ATLAS and Mini CORAL hand-held thermal imaging systems. In the unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) field, the company emphasises  the HERMES 900 Medium Altitude Long Endurance (MALE). Electronic Warfare and Electro-optics for Airborne Platforms displayed are Mini-MUSIC, PAWS, Unified Self Protection Suite for Helicopters & Transport Aircraft, Unified Self-Protection Suite for Fighter Aircraft, Airborne COMINT/DF System and COMJAM for Airborne Platforms. Among the Avionic Products showcased are Aircraft Upgrades including F-5 modernisations, CockpitNG and TARGO Helmet Mounted Avionics (HMA), as well as Embedded Virtual Avionics(EVA).

Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) presents its advanced defence solutions, a model of its high-resolution imaging satellite – a  highly advanced yet compact Opsat3000 high resolution imaging satellite platform. At a loaded weight of only 385kg this satellite packs the performance that other satellites could deliver at four, or even eight times its weight. IAI also presents a model of its C295 Airborne Early Warning and Control (AEW&C) -  one of the most advanced airspace surveillance capabilities over land and sea, in addition to surface search and track and radar imaging over land. IAI's C295 represents one of the world’s first 4th Generation AEW&C aircraft. IAI's Tac4G – military 4G broadband, secure, cellular tactical network is also presented. This innovative mobile solution for the fast deployment of military and security forces provides an advanced answer to their connectivity and communications needs, while allowing user access to multiple applications from a single device.

ImageSat International is the owner and operator of the EROS family of very high resolution imaging satellites. Its global customer base includes governments, international agencies and civilian companies that utilise EROS satellites imagery for National Defense, Homeland Security, Environmental Protection, Emergency Services, National Development and many other civilian applications. ImageSat offers a variety of  services, from an Exclusive Pass on Demand (EPOD) program to a unique (SOP) Program that allows the customer to have its own autonomous regional control over the satellite camera and enjoy direct real-time reception of imagery within a footprint, thus having its own National Satellite at a fraction of the cost of launching an independent space program. Other services include Imagery Analysis, Imagery Analysis Training, building of Visual Intelligence Units,  GIS products such as geo-referenced Orthophoto and more.

IMI features its latest products and capabilities at FIDAE, including air-to-ground weapon systems and munitions, advanced IR spectral flares, and artillery rocket systems. Showcased solutions include: MARS rocket-powered, long-range, air-to-surface precision-strike weapon for aerial salvo attacks; MPR 500 multi-purpose rigid bomb with MK-84 effectiveness and MK-82 dimensions, guaranteeing straight penetration, approved by Boeing for JDAM; Coastal & Islands Defense System (CIDS) for the protection of critical infrastructure and key assets in sea and coastal areas; Fastlight 30/100 small-size droppable bomb - which has successfully completed field tests - is part of the family of gliding bombs designed to provide Close Air Support (CAS) precision-strike capability against stationary targets, 24/7, in all weather conditions; GMM120, currently under qualification by the IDF, is a highly accurate GPS Guided Mortar Bomb, providing effective pocket artillery for tactical combat units, Special Forces and other units against infantry troops, Light Armored Vehicles and other targets.  It offers first bomb fire-for-effect, minimizes collateral damage, reduces the number of munitions needed, and enables engagement of enemy forces out of the line of sight.

Israel Weapon Industries (IWI) has been a leader in the production of combat-proven small arms for governments, armies, and law enforcement agencies around the world for the past 80 years. IWI’s best-known products include the TAVOR, X95 (Micro TAVOR), and GALIL ACE families of Assault Rifles, the NEGEV Light Machine Gun, the legendary UZI SMG (Mini Micro and UZI PRO) and the JERICHO family of pistols - all considered weapons of choice by military units and top law enforcement agencies around the world. The company showcases its ACE N Assault Rifle, based on the GALIL's mechanism and incorporating enhanced human engineering and ergonomics for the modern battlefield. IWI's firearms are developed in close collaboration with the Israel Defense Forces (IDF), with all weapons in compliance with the most stringent military (MIL-STD) and ISO 9000 standards.

Meprolight is a leading manufacturer of uncooled thermal and electro-optical (EO) sights and devices, LRF, fire control systems, and night vision solutions for military, law enforcement, and civil applications. The company showcase its MEPRO NOA NYX , MEPRO NOA 4X, MEPRO NOA Dual-Field X3 & X7 and MEPRO NOA X7 . The MEPRO NOA family of un-cooled sights , enabling observation and precision target engagement under harsh environmental conditions, at distances from 300 to 1000+ meters. Meproight will also boast for the first time at FIDAE its MEPRO MESLAS - a fire controlled sniper's riflescope 10x40 system.

Netline, a leading producer of high-end electronic warfare and spectrum dominance systems for defense forces , homeland security agencies and prisons, showcases a range of interception, jamming and detection equipment. The Hawk AI ManPack performs real-time 2G-3G cellular interception, with area mobile phones registering to its fake base station. C-Guard Slider Portable and C-Guard Slider Vehicular, based on open architecture in which each module is a self-contained single band jammer, enable extreme EW adaptability in VIP/convoy protection, anti-RCIED and comm jamming. The C-Guard VHP ECM Vehicle Mounted IED Jamming System is a multi-channel jammer used in complex scenarios where large jamming coverage is required. The C-Guard RJ ManPack reactive jammer achieves full coverage in a single device carried by one fighter, coping with all threat bands up to 6GHz. The NetSense wireless communication sensor scans the wireless spectrum and generates an up-to-date image of RF activity in its proximity. The C-Guard HHJ handheld cellular and RF jamming system is a small, lightweight, low power jammer used as a carry forward solution for EOD and combat personnel. The NetSense wireless intrusion detection system approaches TSCM in an innovative way by continuously monitoring the wireless spectrum in sensitive facilities to prevent information leakage.

Rafael presents complete Air and Land Systems in Hardware or Multimedia Presentation. Among its advanced Air Defence systems, Rafael will display Integrated Air and Missile Defence Systems including IRON DOME-combat-proven active defence system against Short Range Artillery Rockets;  SPYDER SR/MR-Family of Short and Medium Range Air Defense systems; PYTHON-5-Full sphere air-to-air IR missile and air defence missile; DERBY-Beyond visual range air-to-air missile and air defense missile; and, SPICE-1000-Autonomous Precision Guidance Kit. Also showcased are Multi-Purpose, Tactical, Guided Missile Systems, including the SPIKE Family- Electro-Optic, Tactical, Precision-Guided Missile Systems+ Helicopter Simulator. A multi-media presentation of Rafael's land systems, and the company's advanced combat-proven land and naval systems for survivability, lethality and maneuverability are highlighted. Among the EO and communications systems on display are the RECCELITE-Real-time ISR system and the LITENING-Airborne Targeting and Navigation Pod.

Verint Communications and Cyber Intelligence Solutions help Law Enforcement, National Security, Defence Forces, and other government agencies neutralise terror and crime, facilitate communication service provider compliance with lawful interception mandates, and assist public sector organizations in detecting and thwarting cyber attacks. In addition, the Off-Air Intelligence Solutions portfolio offers field intelligence and special operation units a single source for virtually all their tactical intelligence needs. Built on Verint expertise in deployments around the globe, these solutions efficiently collect, monitor, and analyse big data from virtually any communication network or data source. Verint Systems Inc. is a global leader in Actionable Intelligence solutions and value-added services. Today, more than 10,000 organisations in over 150 countries count on Verint solutions to improve enterprise performance and make the world a safer place. Verint has offices worldwide and an extensive global partner network.

VisionMap is a leading provider of digital aerial automatic mapping systems that leverage the company's unique multidisciplinary expertise in mapping, photogrammetry, electro-optics and computer vision to create innovative image acquisition and data processing systems. The company spotlights MIST, one of the first airborne mapping & reconnaissance systems to bring commercial-level geospatial data to military applications. MIST - with a compact size of 11kg - combines wide-area coverage with extremely high resolution, making the smallest objects visible. Ideal for use on manned or unmanned aircraft, the system collects complementary daytime and nighttime imagery, providing a complete area picture with unique analysis capabilities. VisionMap’s systems have been successfully deployed and are fully operational.

26 March 2014

FIDAE 2014: Photographic Recap of Day Two

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.

FIDAE 2014: Roketsan Sees Great Potential in the Latin American Market

At FIDAE 2014, Roketsan's Market Development and PR Director, Dr. Hüdai Özdamar, in an exclusive statement to MILITARY TECHNOLOGY, explained that Latin America is a very important market for the company. Roketsan's portfolio contains products that fit the requirements in Latin America, including artillery systems and precision guided missiles,  i.e. the CİRİT 2,75” Laser Guided Missile.

The CİRİT 2,75” Laser Guided Missile at FIDAE 2014. (Photo: DPM)

CİRİT was designed for the purpose of filling the gap between inexpensive, unguided rockets with low precision and the high cost, guided anti – tank missiles. CİRİT can be fired from standard CİRİT POD developed by Roketsan and from the Smart Pod. The missile, by means of its aerodynamic shape and composite solid propellant rocket motor, has a long range of 8km, and offers options, such as multi purpose warhead (Armor Piercing Anti-personnel and Incendiary) and a High Explosive warhead. CİRİT is defined as the official missile system of the Turkish National Attack Helicopter (T-129) under development and can be also integrated to various platforms (Helicopter, UAV, Land Vehicle, Light Assault Aircraft, Naval platform).

The CİRİT 2,75” Laser Guided Missile’s 4-Pack pod. (Photo: DPM)

FIDAE 2014: RUAG Defence's LEOPARD Midlife Upgrade Programme

The Chilean Army’s LEOPARD fleet is in urgent need of modernisation. RUAG Defence, at FIDAE 2014, is marketing its midlife upgrade programme (MLU), where RUAG and partners can offer modularity and upgradeability, fulfilling the military- and also the political demands of a weapon system of the future.

(Photo: DPM)

Featuring an electrical turret drive with digital controllers assures further upgradeability, increasing the safety of the crew and reducing maintenance work. By retrofitting the existing commander's periscope, night vision can be optimised. The chosen technical solution allows the periscope to remain in the same place. All control and command (C2) functions are centralised on the commander's new control panel. The new self-contained observation and weapon station (ABWS) on the roof of the tank and the upgradeable, modular protection concept with roof protection, front and side protection together with the mine protection assures the adaptability of the LEOPARD 2 to the changing demands.

Central to RUAG’s success in winning partnerships is its ability as one of the only suppliers able to offer the complete range of MLU services through one company and at one site. Although through a network of local partners RUAG is able to offer some services locally to its customers, a full service for every part of the LEOPARD, be it mechanical, electronic, hydraulic or optic can be performed with short turnaround times by skilled RUAG professionals based in Switzerland.

As the centre of excellence for all tracked systems of the Swiss Armed Forces, RUAG has in depth knowledge of all life cycle phases covering not only MRO but also production phases, mid-life upgrades and ultimately disposal.

FIDAE 2014: Rafael Sees Continued Interest from Latin American Market

Rafael presents its complete Air and Land Systems in Hardware or Multimedia Presentation.

Among its advanced Air Defence systems, Rafael displays Integrated Air and Missile Defence Systems including IRON DOME-combat-proven active defense system against Short Range Artillery Rockets;  SPYDER SR/MR-Family of Short and Medium Range Air Defence systems; PYTHON-5-Full sphere air-to-air IR missile and air defence missile; DERBY-Beyond visual range air-to-air missile and air defence missile; and, SPICE-1000-Autonomous Precision Guidance Kit.

Also showcased are Multi-Purpose, Tactical, Guided Missile Systems, including the SPIKE Family- Electro-Optic, Tactical, Precision-Guided Missile Systems+ Helicopter Simulator. A multi-media presentation of Rafael's land systems, and the company's advanced combat-proven land and naval systems for survivability, lethality and maneuverability are highlighted. Among the electro-optic and communications systems on display are the RECCELITE-Real-time ISR system and the LITENING-Airborne Targeting and Navigation Pod.

According to Haim Jacobovitz, Director Corporate International Marketing Rafael, Latin America has continued interest in Rafael's SPYDER to protect troops on the move, LITENING Generation 4 Pods, PYTHON 4 and DERBY, and SPICE 250. The company is currently marketing the PYTHON 5 in the area. An interesting development with a lot of potential is the GRIPEN proposal for Brazil that includes the LITENING pod, where local Brazilian industry plays a large role.  

FIDAE 2014: ATK Releases SHOTFINDER Acoustic Hostile Fire Detection Systems

ATK’s Acoustic Hostile Fire Detection Systems provides detection of small caliber ball and tracer rounds, anti-aircraft artillery, unguided rockets, and rocket propelled grenades (RPGs). The system is light-weight and easy to install and has multiple display options. The acoustic sensor can be used as a stand-alone Hostile Fire detection system or in conjunction with other Threat Warning Systems to provide a complete threat awareness capability.

ATK's SHOTFINDER Acoustic Hostile Detection System (Graphic: ATK)

ATK’s SHOTFINDER uses a single, 12in diameter, 1/2in high ‘pancake’ sensor mounted flush on the belly of the aircraft. The system has a nearly zero False Indication Rate (FIR) with approximately a 95% Probability of Indication (Pi). When combined with an electro-optical (EO) MWS, SHOTFINDER can refine the determination of threat angle of origin, range, and shooter geo-location. The system detects small calibre ball and tracer rounds, anti-aircraft artillery, unguided rockets, and rocket propelled grenades.

SHOTFINDER uses acoustic technology that excels at detecting small-to-large calibre shots (5.45-40mm) from ranges of 35m-3km. It also detects muzzle blasts from anti-aircraft artillery, unguided rockets and rocket propelled grenades. The sensor is less than 4lbs, easy to install and can be integrated to multiple display options.

SHOTFINDER can be used as a stand-alone Hostile Fire detection system or in conjunction with ATK’s AAR-47 or other Threat Warning Systems to provide a complete threat-awareness capability.


FIDAE 2014: Photographic Recap of Day One

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.