France: Airbus Defence and Space will showcase technological highlights in the fields of defence and space in the Airbus pavilion at the Farnborough International Airshow (FIA) from 14-20 July. Space Zone exhibits to highlight innovative telecommunications and European Space Agency (ESA) science and Earth observation programmes. At the 2014 Farnborough International Airshow (FIA), Airbus Defence and Space will present its broad portfolio in the air, on a static display, in the Airbus pavilion and in the Space Zone. As one of the three Divisions of the Airbus Group, Airbus Defence and Space generates revenues of approximately EURO 14billion per year and is Europe’s number one defence and space enterprise, the second largest space business worldwide and among the top ten global defence enterprises.
In the air:
Airbus Defence and Space will present the A400M on the ground and in the air. The A400M is a newly developed military transport aircraft specially designed to meet the requirements of armed forces in the 21st century. Equipped with state-of-the-art technologies, the A400M is not just suited to tactical and strategic/logistical missions, but also for special operations such as air-to-air refuelling.
In the Airbus pavilion:
The Tanan UAS will be displayed in the pavilion with an exhibition model. A very versatile and high-performance tactical UAS integrating a powerful and highly reliable genuine diesel turbo-charged engine, the Tanan is a vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) intended to carry out ISTAR missions for armies and navies, as well as civilian assignments. The 350kg – MTOW (maximum take-off weight) Tanan is capable of completing missions with ranges of up to 100 nm/180 km for up to 80 kg payload, reaching a maximum speed of 150 km/h (81 kts) within a ceiling of 4000 m (12 000 ft), and offering an endurance of up to 8 hours with 50kg payload. The Skynet 5 system, present with an exhibition model of a Skynet 5 military communications satellite, comprises a fleet of four satellites providing all Beyond Line of Sight (BLOS) milsatcoms to the UK Ministry of Defence until at least 2022.
Airbus Defence and Space will be presenting its comprehensive portfolio of end-to-end secure communications covering fixed, deployable, mobile and ad hoc communications. This includes design, build and delivering a managed service, including large system integration, modelling and simulation expertise, with all systems having cyber security built in. End-to-end geo-information capabilities will be showcased including high resolution, very high resolution and synthetic aperture radar (SAR) imagery and products.
Source: Airbus and Defence