All the Deals & De­vel­op­ments Com­ing to Farn­bor­ough Air­show

The week-long bi­en­nial event, be­ing held from July 16-22, is the per­fect op­por­tu­nity for vet­er­ans as well as new­bies in the aero­space field. Over 1,500 trade ex­hibitors, 150 air­craft and 1,50,000 trade and pub­lic vis­i­tors are ex­pected to visit the show th

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Though it comes sec­ond when it comes to air­show rank­ings, this time Farn­bor­ough In­ter­na­tional Air­show, the bi­en­nial air show of Bri­tain, is all about firsts as a slew of aero­space brands are set to an­nounce their lat­est ven­tures. Con­sid­ered as one of the big­gest events of the avi­a­tion world, with over 70,000 sqm of exhibit space, it will wit­ness more than 1500 ex­hibitors from 52 coun­tries, out of which 71 per cent of ex­hibitors are from out­side the UK. It will have 150 air­craft at dis­play and is ex­pected to see a foot­fall of around 1,50,000.

In 2016 edi­tion of the show, 82 of the top 100 aero­space com­pa­nies par­tic­i­pated and placed or­ders and com­mit­ments of around $124 bil­lion. This time around, the six day show will also wit­ness some of the finest vin­tage air­crafts, which will par­tic­i­pate in a mock up Bat­tle of Bri­tain, the fa­mous air bat­tle of World War II. In ad­di­tion, the vis­i­tors will be en­thralled by the Red Bull air race, AeroSu­perBat­ics – Stear­man (Wing­walk­ers), Bris­tol Blen­heim – His­toric Mil­i­tary Planes among oth­ers.

PRE­VIEW

Apart from the Royal Air Force’s aer­o­bat­ics team fly­ing at speeds of up to 645 mph, many de­vel­op­ments are also look­ing to speed up at the event.

Avi­a­tion gi­ant Boe­ing is ex­pected to ar­rive with a bang with the in­tro­duc­tion of the 797, their new small twin-aisle air­craft, at the air­show. The Boe­ing VP Mar­ket­ing, Randy Tin­seth has re­port­edly con­firmed that the 797 de­sign is com­plete but the man­u­fac­tur­ing plan needs more work. The avi­a­tion gi­ant is also re­port­edly lining up cargo jet deals fol­low­ing their deal to sell 24 air cargo freighters to FedEx. The com­pany is also set to show­case their con­cept for a hy­per­sonic plane that could travel from Aus­tralia to Eu­rope in just five hours.

Mean­while Sau­dia, the Saudi Ara­bian Air­lines, is ex­pected to or­der about 20 Boe­ing wide body air­craft at Farn­bor­ough Air­show, ac­cord­ing to weekly busi­ness magazine Ara­bian Busi­ness. Though the buzz is around the air­line’s in­ter­est in the su­per­jumbo A380 but the Boe­ing 777X air­craft is also a strong choice.

Eu­ro­pean plane maker Air­bus is also ex­pected to use this op­por­tu­nity to im­prove their medi­ocre spell. The com­pany de­liv­ered only 303 planes in the first half of 2018, 76 A320­neo planes and 34 of the larger A321­neo, be­cause of is­sues from en­gine sup­pli­ers for the sin­gle-aisle A320­neo. The muchawaited C Series air­craft can also fore­see ma­jor de­vel­op­ments. Air­bus has a ma­jor­ity stake in this joint ven­ture with Bom­bardier for these jets. Air­bus CEO Tom En­ders re­port­edly said “you will see the first re­sults in the next cou­ple of weeks as we go to Farn­bor­ough.” There’s also been talks about chang­ing the C Series model names, CS100 and CS300, in ac­cor­dance to Air­bus’ nam­ing scheme. The pro­duc­tion of the C Series for the Amer­i­can mar­kets is set to com­mence in 2019 with the de­liv­er­ies kick­ing off a year later.

In light of the re­cent Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion sanc­tions, Air­bus is likely to be look­ing to bag or­ders at Farn­bor­ough. Es­pe­cially since AirAsia has been push­ing back de­liv­ery dates on its or­der for A330­neo wide­body jets to re­place its older first-gen­er­a­tion A330s. The air­line is also in talks with Boe­ing re­gard­ing procur­ing the 787-10 jet as an al­ter­na­tive and a de­ci­sion is ex­pected later this year.

Ethiopian Air­lines is also ex­pected to nar­row down on pos­si­ble or­ders for Boe­ing 787 Dream­liner and smaller CSeries or Em­braer E2 jets at the Farn­bor­ough air show as con­firmed by the air­line’s chief ex­ec­u­tive Te­wolde Ge­bre­mariam to Reuters.

Bom­bardier will also show­case a CRJ900 painted in Delta Air Lines’ colours and equipped with the new At­mos­phere cabin. The jet is among the 20 CRJ900s or­dered by the air­line, mak­ing

Delta Air­lines the first to re­ceive an At­mos­phere-equipped CRJ. So far, a mock-up of the new cabin has been pub­lic. The lat­est model has over­head bins on one side that are 50 per cent big­ger than pre­vi­ous first-class cabin and also has a one-by-two seat lay­out. The bins in the econ­omy class are also 40 per cent larger. The new cabin has a larger en­trance­way and in­cludes a wheelchair-ac­ces­si­ble lava­tory apart from translu­cent cabin di­viders, LED lights and in-seat elec­tric power.

Talk­ing about big­ger cab­ins, Qatar Ex­ec­u­tive, the pri­vate air­craft char­ter di­vi­sion of Qatar Air­ways will also de­but its Gulf­stream G500. The jet is the first unit from a 2014 or­der for 30 Gulf­stream busi­ness jets, in­clud­ing the larger, longer range model G600 and the flag­ship G650ER.

FLY­ING IN A DIF­FER­ENT LEAGUE

Pal-V Lib­erty, world’s first pro­duc­tion fly­ing car will also be on dis­play at the air­show and is touted to be the star at­trac­tion. In devel­op­ment since 2001 by the Dutch com­pany Pal V, Lib­erty is a three­wheeled au­to­mo­bile that con­verts into a two-seat gy­ro­plane within 10 min­utes.

Ac­cord­ing to lux­ury life­style magazine Robb Re­port, the Lib­erty will be cleared for take­off by global avi­a­tion and trans­porta­tion au­thor­i­ties by 2020, and the de­liv­er­ies will be­gin shortly there­after. It is avail­able in two mod­els: the fully loaded Lib­erty Pioneer Edi­tion and the base model Lib­erty Sport. The magazine re­ports “a max­i­mum speed of just un­der 100 mph in driv­ing mode and a zero-to60-mph time of less than 9 sec­onds.

In fly­ing mode, both will have a high cruis­ing speed of nearly 100 mph and a range of about 250 miles with two peo­ple aboard and 310 miles with just a pi­lot. Pal-V rec­om­mends a run­way—paved or level grass—of at least 900 feet for take­off and a 100-foot strip for land­ing.”

The real-life Iron Man, Richard Brown­ing, will also jet in Farn­bor­ough. Brown­ing will be fly­ing above the run­way in a jet suit that can pro­duce 144KG of thrust. The suit is made from small jet en­gines that are mounted on each arm and be­hind the back.

RUS­SIA TO GIVE A MISS

Amidst the mil­i­tary sanc­tion on Rus­sia, Rus­sian mil­i­tary avi­a­tion com­pa­nies have de­cided not to at­tend the show. Ac­cord­ing to Rus­sian me­dia, the Roscos­mos, Rus­sian State Cor­po­ra­tion for space, will not at­tend the show. An­other Rus­sian con­glom­er­ate with sig­nif­i­cant in­ter­est in mil­i­tary Rostec, re­port­edly, is not par­tic­i­pat­ing in the show. The ex­hibitor list of the show en­lists only two com­pa­nies, Rus­sian Com­mer­cial Air­craft and Me­tal­lur­gica Elec­trostal Plant. The move is be­ing at­trib­uted to the ban im­posed on Rus­sian com­pa­nies from ex­hibit­ing mil­i­tary equip­ment.

US TO PRO­MOTE ‘BUY AMER­ICA’

With an ob­jec­tive to in­crease the Amer­i­can ex­ports, the Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion is send­ing an of­fi­cial del­e­ga­tion to the show with a man­date to pro­mote the con­cept of ‘Buy Amer­i­can’ in the mil­i­tary do­main. Re­port­edly, the del­e­ga­tion will be led by White House trade ad­viser Peter Navarro. A sim­i­lar team was also sent dur­ing the Singapore Air­show.

Farn­bor­ough Air­show is known for show­cas­ing an ex­cel­lent mix of com­mer­cial jets, cargo planes, fighter jets, mil­i­tary trans­port air­craft and UAVs

BOE­ING TO SHOW ITS BEST FOUR

This edi­tion of the show will wit­ness Boe­ing (de­fence) par­tic­i­pat­ing with four air­craft, two each from fixed and rotary wing. With an equal mix of trans­port and com­mer­cial air­craft, the com­pany is show­cas­ing AH-64 Apache – the world’s most ad­vanced multi-role com­bat he­li­copter along with CH-47 a twin ro­tor ad­vanced multi-mis­sion he­li­copter. On the fixed wing side, the vis­i­tors will see the F-15 EA­GLE a twin-en­gine, all weather air su­pe­ri­or­ity fighter that is the back­bone for the US Air Force’s air su­pe­ri­or­ity and home­land de­fense mis­sions. On the mil­i­tary trans­port side, Boe­ing will have C-17 Globe­mas­ter III A high­wing, four-en­gine, T-tailed mil­i­tary trans­port air­craft, the multi-ser­vice C-17 can carry large equip­ment, sup­plies and troops di­rectly to small air­fields in harsh ter­rain any­where in the world.

BAE SHOW­CAS­ING TECH­NOL­OGY, PROD­UCTS AND SER­VICES

Bri­tish de­fence and avi­a­tion gi­ant, BAE Sys­tems will show­case num­ber of prod­ucts in­clud­ing the Eurofighter Typhoon, fourth-gen­er­a­tion mul­ti­role fight­ers, to ad­vanced elec­tronic sys­tems. The com­pany is show­cas­ing three kinds of hel­met-mounted dis­play – Striker® II, Dig­i­tal Light En­gine and LiteHUD®.

The elec­tronic prod­uct port­fo­lio for the show in­cludes Ad­vanced Pre­ci­sion Kill Weapon Sys­tem guid­ance kit which trans­forms an un­guided rocket into a pre­ci­sion-guided rocket; Ad­vanced Threat In­frared Coun­ter­mea­sure (ATIRCM) sys­tem, US Army stan­dard for di­rectable laser-based coun­ter­mea­sure sys­tems, pro­tects air­crafts against a va­ri­ety of ad­vanced in­frared threats; Com­mon Mis­sile Warn­ing Sys­tem (CMWS) – com­bat­proven mis­sile warn­ing and hos­tile fire de­tec­tion for rotary-wing and fixed-wing air­craft; Dig­i­tal Elec­tronic War­fare Sys­tem (DEWS) – pro­tects new and legacy air­craft by pro­vid­ing radar warn­ing, sit­u­a­tional aware­ness, of­fen­sive tar­get­ing sup­port and self­pro­tec­tion, among oth­ers.

In the air sys­tems, Eurofighter Typhoon – the main strike air­craft of many of the Eu­ro­pean na­tions, Ad­vanced Jet Trainer Hawk – con­sid­ered as world’s most suc­cess­ful and proven mil­i­tary air­craft trainer with more than 1,000 air­craft or­dered to date.

In ad­di­tion, BAE will put on show their ca­pa­bil­ity in the arena of ap­plied in­tel­li­gence which in­cludes Cy­ber Ca­pa­bil­ity, Threat In­tel­li­gence, Open

“The E190-E2 is hunt­ing for prof­its - this time as a shark! The jet has a stun­ning im­age of a shark painted on the front. See it at F’boro!” —John S. Slat­tery, Pres­i­dent & CEO, Em­braer Com­mer­cial Avi­a­tion

Source Col­lec­tion and Anal­y­sis, Smart De­vice Mon­i­tor­ing and Ad­vanced Se­cu­rity Op­er­a­tions Cen­tres.

ITT TO SHOW­CASE FLIGHT-CRIT­I­CAL COM­PO­NENT

ITT, with its port­fo­lio of in­no­va­tive tech­nolo­gies en­gi­neered to the re­quire­ments of the air­craft man­u­fac­tur­ers. As per the ITT, these so­lu­tions en­sure ef­fi­cient, re­li­able op­er­a­tion of crit­i­cal sys­tems and en­hance the in-flight ex­pe­ri­ence for pas­sen­gers and crew. “At ITT, we en­able the next gen­er­a­tion of flight by look­ing for un­ex­pected ways to solve the com­plex ap­pli­ca­tion chal­lenges of to­day’s modern air­craft,” said Far­rokh Batli­wala, Pres­i­dent of ITT’s Con­nect and Con­trol Tech­nolo­gies busi­ness. “Part­ner­ing closely with our cus­tomers’ engi­neer­ing teams and lev­er­ag­ing the diver­sity of our prod­uct port­fo­lio, we are able to de­liver in­no­va­tive, de­pend­able so­lu­tions that meet our cus­tomers’ re­quire­ments for reli­a­bil­ity, per­for­mance, qual­ity and safety. We look for­ward to show­cas­ing our ar­ray of in­no­va­tive, proven so­lu­tions at the Farn­bor­ough In­ter­na­tional Air­show.”

RAFAEL TO SHOW ANTI-DRONE CA­PA­BIL­ITY

Rafael, a pioneer in air de­fence sys­tems from de­tec­tion to in­ter­cep­tion, is par­tic­i­pat­ing with its wide range of sys­tems in­clud­ing, mu­ni­tion, elec­tro-op­tics sys­tems, anti-drone sys­tems and air de­fence sys­tems.

In what could be one of the most sought af­ter ca­pa­bil­i­ties in the show, Rafael will present Drone Dome – an In­no­va­tive end-to-end sys­tem de­signed to pro­vide ef­fec­tive airspace de­fense against hos­tile drones – which has 360° cir­cu­lar cov­er­age and is de­signed to de­tect, track, and neu­tral­ize drones ei­ther by jam­ming their com­mu­ni­ca­tion or de­stroy­ing them us­ing a laser beam.

In air-to-ground, it will show­case Spice Fam­ily (2000, 1000, 250) – stand-off air-to-ground glid­ing bombs based on Rafael’s unique scene-match­ing tech­nol­ogy for pre­cise hits at ranges of up to 100 km. In elec­tro-op­tics, the com­pany will have a new ad­vanced air space mon­i­tor­ing sys­tem called SKYSPOTTER which is armed Ad­vanced EO sen­sor for real-time airspace mon­i­tor­ing, early de­tec­tion and ac­cu­rate track­ing of aerial ob­jects, in­clud­ing drones, air­craft, UAV’s, etc. When con­nected to Rafael’s Drone Dome, the in­te­grated sys­tem also en­ables in­ter­cep­tion of the tar­gets, us­ing a high-power laser beam.

In ad­di­tion it will have LITENING 5 – Multi-spec­tral air­borne tar­get­ing pod for tar­get­ing and RECCELITE XR – New gen­er­a­tion, day/night elec­tro-op­ti­cal tac­ti­cal re­con­nais­sance pod for real-time im­agery col­lec­tion and data trans­fer. It will also have MIC4AD – Ad­vanced, uni­fied, in­te­grated Air De­fense Com­mand & Con­trol sys­tem.

SAAB TO UN­VEIL NEW RBS15 GUNGNIR

Swedish de­fence and avi­a­tion leader, Saab will dis­play full scale replica of Gripen E, a sin­gle en­gine fighter de­signed “for to­day and to­mor­row” along­side the new RBS15 Gungnir an­ti­ship mis­sile sys­tem, which is be­ing un­veiled at Farn­bor­ough. It also show­case Gripen E flight demon­stra­tor along with other demo sta­tions of elec­tronic war­fare, air and ground based sur­veil­lance and com­mand and con­trol.

Com­pany will brief re­porters on Gripen E, RBS15 Gungnir and Global-

In light of the re­cent Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion sanc­tions, Air­bus is likely to be look­ing to bag or­ders at Farn­bor­ough

Eye, air­borne early warn­ing air­craft which had its first flight ear­lier this year. It pro­vides air, mar­itime and ground sur­veil­lance in a sin­gle so­lu­tion. It com­bines a new ex­tended range radar with the ul­tra-long range Global 6000 jet air­craft from Bom­bardier.

EM­BRAER SHOW­CASE KC-390

Fol­low­ing the an­nounce­ment of Boe­ing-Em­braer Mem­o­ran­dum of Un­der­stand­ing, on July 5, 2018, to form a strate­gic part­ner­ship which in­cludes joint in­vest­ments in the global mar­ket­ing of the KC-390, Em­braer will bring the mil­i­tary trans­port and aerial re­fu­el­ing air­craft to the show. Em­braer which is cel­e­brat­ing its golden ju­bilee is one of the spot­light ex­hibitors of the show.

Ac­cord­ing to com­pany, KC-390 is a new gen­er­a­tion mul­ti­mis­sion air­craft which com­bines highly flex­i­ble plat­form with the low­est life cy­cle cost in the medium air­lift mar­ket. The KC-390 is ca­pa­ble of trans­port­ing and launch­ing cargo and troops and per­form­ing a wide ar­ray of mis­sions: med­i­cal evac­u­a­tion, search and res­cue, hu­man­i­tar­ian search and res­cue, hu­man­i­tar­ian aerial re­fu­el­ing (fight­ers and heli­copters), aerial fire­fight­ing and as­sis­tance.

FN HERSTAL WILL BRING NEW AIR­BORNE DIG­I­TAL SUITE

Bel­gium-based FN Herstal, global firearms ma­jor, will in­tro­duce its newly de­vel­oped com­pre­hen­sive Air­borne Dig­i­tal Suite to meet chal­leng­ing mar­ket de­mands and ex­pec­ta­tions on in­te­grat­ing ma­chine guns into modern plat­forms. The suite will pro­vide the high­est level of op­er­a­tional ca­pa­bil­ity and is fully in line with com­pany’s strat­egy to fur­ther de­velop its cus­tomis­able in­te­grated weapon sys­tems for air­borne ap­pli­ca­tions.

The sys­tem is com­prised of three in­ter­con­nected com­po­nent a head-up dis­play, ar­ma­ment man­age­ment sys­tem and a self­con­tained fixed-for­ward pod sys­tem, fea­tur­ing the well-known .50 cal ma­chine gun.

Farn­bor­ough Air­show (FIA) is known for show­cas­ing an ex­cel­lent mix of com­mer­cial jets, cargo planes, fighter jets, mil­i­tary trans­port air­craft and UAVs to the lat­est avi­a­tion tech- nolo­gies. This year, from July 16-22, in­dus­try, users and mem­bers of the pub­lic will gather to view the lat­est in this eclec­tic com­bine of air­craft and aero­space tech­nolo­gies.

VIN­TAGE AIR­CRAFT DIS­PLAY

Many his­toric mil­i­tary air­craft will be on dis­play this year. A Su­per­ma­rine Spit­fire, which made its first flight in 1936 and the Lock­heed P-38 Lightning, pro­duc­tion of which ceased in 1945 are just some of the men­tions that vis­i­tors can look for­ward to see­ing at the show.

FLY­ING DIS­PLAYS F-35 fly­over

One of the high­lights of the show is a fly­over by the US avi­a­tion ma­jor Lock­heed Martin de­signed and man­u­fac­tured, RAF’s F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, one of the only two fully op­er­a­tional fifth-gen­er­a­tion stealth air­craft of the world. The cur­rent re­stric­tions on aer­o­bat­ics will ap­ply. A spokesper­son for FIA said while the Red Ar­rows will con­duct a fly past, there will be no aer­o­bat­ics this year.

TECH­NOL­OGY AND IN­NO­VA­TION EVENTS Aero­space 4.0

A host of com­pa­nies will demon­strate how they can in­cor­po­rate dig­i­tal tech­nolo­gies into aero­space man­u­fac­tur­ing. Con­cepts such as big data, 3D print­ing, mo­bile and edge com­put­ing, aug­mented re­al­ity, ma­chine learn­ing, and the in­ter­net of things (IoT) to make pro­duc­tion cheaper will be ad­dressed. Aero­space 4.0 will have a ded­i­cated ex­hi­bi­tion hall show­cas­ing hun­dreds of in­no­va­tive prod­ucts and ad­di­tions through­out the week.

Cargo Vil­lage

For the first time, a Cargo Vil­lage will be set up at the Farn­bor­ough Air­show as a ded­i­cated static dis­play area with around 20 ex­hibitors to carry out demon­stra­tions and show­case ca­pa­bil­i­ties in the air cargo sec­tor. It will also host the ‘New Routes to Mar­ket – The Fu­ture of Un­manned Air­craft’ panel dis­cus­sion.

LIKELY TO EX­CEED EX­PEC­TA­TIONS: 2018 EDI­TION OF FARN­BOR­OUGH IS LIKELY TO SUR­PASS ALL EX­PEC­TA­TIONS BUILT BY ITS PRE­VI­OUS EDI­TIONS. THE SHOW WILL WIT­NESS SPEC­TAC­U­LAR DIS­PLAYS LIKE IRON MAN IN FLIGHT AND FLY­ING DIS­PLAY BY RED AR­ROWS (SEEN HERE WITH F-35).

PAL-V LIB­ERTY: WORLD’S FIRST PRO­DUC­TION FLY­ING CAR WILL BE ON DIS­PLAY AT THE AIR­SHOW AND IS TOUTED TO BE THE STAR AT­TRAC­TION

OUT OF BOX PORTRAYAL : EA­GLE, TIGER AND NOW SHARK – PART OF IM­AGERY CAM­PAIGN BY EM­BRAER FOR ITS E2 SERIES WILL CRE­ATE BUZZ YET AGAIN

PROVEN CA­PA­BIL­ITY: EUROFIGHTER TYPHOON AND AD­VANCED JET TRAINER HAWK WILL BE ON DIS­PLAY AT THE AIR­SHOW

GRIPEN E FLIGHT DEMON­STRA­TOR WILL BE ON DIS­PLAY AT THE AIR­SHOW

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