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08 November 2015

Dubai Airshow 2015: Textron Systems Exhibits Proven Technology

Bell Helicopter, Textron AirLand, Textron Aviation, and Textron Systems are exhibiting at the fourteenth Dubai Airshow.

As one of the largest airshows in the world, the Dubai Airshow is a great venue for aviation and defense solutions and we are excited to be a part of it,” Scott Donnelly, Textron’s Chairman and CEO said. “Textron is bringing a broad range of products and technology to this event – including some of our most successful and well-known systems. Whether they are interested in precision weapons, unmanned aircraft, tactical turboprop and jet aircraft, or advanced rotorcraft – our chalet will be sure to offer customers and attendees an experience unlike any other.”

For nearly 50 years, Bell Helicopter has been delivering innovative helicopters to customers in the Middle East. This year, Bell Helicopter showcases on static display the Bell 429 with VVIP Mecaer Interior, showcasing the epitome of luxury, and the Bell 407 GXP, a highly versatile, state-of-the-art helicopter over 1,200 of which have been delivered world-wide. Inside the pavilion, visitors will have the opportunity to engage in the Bell 525 simulation cabin. The Bell 525 is one of the world’s first fly-by-wire commercial helicopters that delivers a generational shift in pilot situational awareness, safety and reliability. The Bell 505 Jet Ranger X mockup is displayed alongside the 525 simulation cabin.

The Bell Boeing V-22 model is also be exhibited at the Bell Helicopter exhibit inside the Exhibition Hall, including the AH-1Z attack and UH-1Y utility helicopters in addition to the V-22 tiltrotor. The V-22 is one of the most in-demand aircraft in the US Marine Corps with nearly 300,000 flight hours in humanitarian aid campaigns, emergency evacuations and long-range logistical support.  The multi-role capabilities of the company’s marinized AH-1Z and UH-1Y helicopters are ideally suited to militaries aiming to bolster combat power across the broadest set of missions, with an affordable cost of ownership. The UH-1Y and AH-1Z offer the some of the most effective and efficient means of accomplishing an array of missions, anywhere in the world. The AH-1Z is one of the world’s most advanced attack helicopters, compatible with the widest array of ordnance of any helicopter in the world.

Designed and built with commercial practices, the Scorpion jet is truly unique in the ISR and Strike market. The model is exhibited in the Textron Chalet. Scorpion is a highly affordable military jet with a target sales price of approximately $20 million and an hourly operating cost that has proven lower than $3,000.

It is also very versatile in terms of mission flexibility: a 73 cubic foot / 2 cubic meter centerline payload bay and open electronic architecture allows for multiple “plug and play” sensor types to be employed, and quickly reconfigured without impacting operational tempo. Using commercially designed twin engines, Scorpion combines high dash speeds, extended endurance, and loiter time at cruise speeds. Within an operation radius of 150NM, the aircraft can spend over 5 hours on station.

Alongside the Latitude, Textron Aviation and its Beechcraft Defense Company are highlighting their special missions and defense capabilities at the show, displaying special missions-configured Beechcraft King Air 350ER and Cessna Grand Caravan EX, as well as a Beechcraft AT-6 Wolverine light attack aircraft. The King Air 350ER twin turboprop is an extended-range (ER) airplane, which includes additional fuel capacity and increased capability landing gear allowing for a 2,500 nautical mile range and take-off weight of 16,500lbs.

The Beechcraft Wolverine on display is a multi-role, multi-mission aircraft system designed to meet the spectrum of needs for the light attack mission. Leveraging a range of highly-specialised, but off-the-shelf capabilities, the Wolverine is outfitted with state-of-the-art equipment such as Pratt and Whitney PT6A-68D engine, CMC Esterline’s mission modified Cockpit 4000, Lockheed Martin’s A-10C-based mission system, and L-3 WESCAM’s MX-15Di sensor suite.

Textron Systems exhibits its proven unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) and smart weapon systems designed to serve the needs of militaries, security forces and other customers around the globe.  In the area of UAS, it features its Shadow M2, the next-generation variant of the proven Shadow 200 Tactical UAS (TUAS). Building upon a family of UAS with nearly one million flight hours, the Shadow M2 adds new features for even greater mission capability and performance. The aircraft accommodates higher-altitude flight and offers flexible payload configurations, allowing it to serve in similar mission capacities to much larger, more expensive systems. Textron Systems also features the expeditionary Aerosonde Small Unmanned Aircraft System (SUAS), which offers proven multi-mission performance in both military and commercial land-and-sea based applications. The Aerosonde SUAS, which has amassed more than 100,000 flight hours, incorporates Lycoming’s EL-005 engine – one of the only systems in its class with a propulsion system completely supported by a manufacturer with a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Production Certificate. The Aerosonde is also equipped for real-time, full-motion video and communications relay within a single flight, and offers dedicated space and power to integrate additional capabilities based on customer requirements.

Textron Systems also highlights its advanced G-CLAW and FURY precision guided weapon systems, which are based off of Textron Systems’ long lineage of weapons and platform development expertise with the US government. Building on Textron Systems Weapon & Sensor Systems’ proven Clean Area Weapon (CLAW) blast-fragmented unitary area munition, the G-CLAW precision guided weapon system adds a global positioning system (GPS).