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17 February 2016

Singapore Airshow 2016: Finmeccanica’s Technology excellence

Finmeccanica is participating at Singapore Airshow with its newly integrated “One Company” organisation (see below), and exhibits .its latest technologies and products in the helicopter, aeronautics, and security fields for the Singapore and South-East Asian market.

Expected to draw particular interest this year is ‘Project Zero,’ Finmeccanica’s futuristic unmanned green-technology aircraft ((bringing together electric propulsion, the vertical take-off and landing [VTOL] capabilities of a helicopter and the in-flight speed and altitude performance of an aeroplane), which makes its Asian debut at the show. Project Zero integrates future technologies in the fields of aeronautics and electronics and features electric propulsion with a low environmental impact. This year also marks the return of the C-27J, Finmeccanica Aircraft Division’s tactical transport, which has been absent since the 2012 show. This year the C-27J is carrying Royal Australian Air Force livery.

As a single entity from January 2016, organised into business Divisions (Helicopters; Aircraft; Aero-structures; Airborne & Space Systems; Land & Naval Defence Electronics; Defence Systems; Security & Information Systems), Finmeccanica operates in the most competitive international markets by leveraging its areas of technology and product leadership. Following the process of the reorganisation of the Finmeccanica Group’s companies, it should be noted that from 1 January 2016: The Helicopter Division has absorbed the activities of AgustaWestland;
The Aircraft Division and the Aero-structures Division have both absorbed parts of the activities of Alenia Aermacchi;
The Airborne & Space Systems Division, the Land & Naval Defence Electronics Division, and the Security & Information Systems Division have all absorbed parts of the activities of Selex ES; and
The Defence Systems Division has absorbed the activities of OTO Melara and WASS.

Singapore’s Air Force is the first export customer for Finmeccanica’s M-346 trainer aircraft. The M-346 is one of the most advanced training aircraft available for pilots who are preparing for future duty with current-generation defence aircraft. Thanks to the M-346’s flight performance and quality and its innovative technical characteristics, the aircraft provides a high level of safety combined with low acquisition and operation costs. The M-346 has been ordered by the air forces of Italy, Singapore, Israel, and Poland.