It’s a wrap for Eurosatory 2018: Highlights of the last day

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The Unveiling Of A Joint Project

Day 5 at Eurosatory 2018 witnessed the unveiling of the French-German KNDS (Krauss-Maffei Wegmann + Nexter Defense Systems) Group’s highly-awaited first joint project, the, or the European Main Battle Tank. The EMBT is being seen as a short-term response to the operational need of the market for high-intensity battle tanks. KNDS is of the opinion that EMBT shows that their combined skills make it the legitimate & essential industrial actor of the two key French- German future programmes.

A Full-Scale Mock-Up On Display

Yugoimport, a Serbian state-owned intermediary company for the import and export of defense-related equipment, wowed the audience with a full-scale mock-up of the “Strsljen” (Hornet), armed with 12 small-diameter bombs that are under development as of now. Strsljen, a rotary-wing unmanned air vehicle, has been getting a lot of attention of late, especially because of its structure, much of which is constructed from composites. The air vehicle is capable of undertaking both reconnaissance and attack missions, and is equipped with outrigger pylons and an underbelly hardpoint for external stores.

There’s Always A First Time

Eurosatory 2018 also saw the debut of a large number of defence companies, including the Polish company “Concept”. The Bielsko-Biala based company showcased a range of vehicles for special, mechanised and reconnaissance forces, and chose to display two variants (armored and unarmored) of the Dino transport vehicle at the show. The vehicle is said to be a result of the company’s cooperation with Oberaigner Automotive and Mercedes-Benz.

Austria Jumps On The Bandwagon

The BvS 10, which is already deployed by France, Netherlands, Sweden and the UK, will soon arrive in Austria as well. Once it arrives in the country, the BvS 10 all-terrain vehicle (ATV) will be equipped with government furnished equipment, including locally supplied ESL Advanced Information Technology remote controlled weapon station that can be armed with a 7.62mm or 12.7mm machine gun or a 40mm automatic grenade launcher. Other government furnished equipment will include a communications system and a color camera, meant to facilitate 360° situational awareness.

Precision Targeting Takes The Centerstage

With the Turkish defence electronics specialist Aselsan showcasing solutions for precision targeting from tactical aircraft, including Aselpod, an advanced targeting pod, precision targeting became the talking point in no time. The fact that the company has also developed a range of precision-guided munitions may have also contributed in shifting the focus to precision targeting.  

The Numbers Speak For Themselves

1,802 exhibitors from 63 countries, 65.8% of which were international companies; 39 national pavilions; 57,056 international visitors from 153 countries; 227 official delegations from 94 countries and 4 international organizations; 177 VIP experts; 71 conferences; and 641 journalists from all continents.

They call Eurosatory the largest defence and security airshow for a reason!

Bidding Adieu With A Promise To Come Back

With Eurosatory 2018 now over, we’d like to extend our gratitude to everyone for making the show a huge success. Looking forward to Eurosatory 2020 already!

Eurosatory Day 3 & 4: A Quick Refresher

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European Players Team Up

Day 4 reaffirmed Eurosatory’s status of being the perfect ground for business partnerships, with Italy’s Leonardo announcing the inking of a new commercial partnership with Konstrukta Defence, another European player, but from Slovakia. The agreement is said to be along the lines of the objectives of the European PeSCo (Permanent Structured Cooperation) initiative on developing common defence capabilities, and will see the integration of Leonardo’s precision-guided Vulcano ammunition and Konstrukta’s Zuzana 2 155mm/52 calibre artillery system. And not just that, under the terms of the agreement, the companies will jointly market the products globally, while exploring the possibility of further collaboration towards the development of common European defence capabilities.

A Day Of Agreements

Raytheon from the US and Safran, a French multinational aircraft engine, rocket engine, aerospace-component and defense company, signed an MoU at Eurosatory to work together on the development of a new generation of combat vehicle sighting systems. The MoU will see the electro-optical technology from the US company and inertial measurement unit technology from the French major coming together for what’s being dubbed, “the family of forward-looking infrared sights”. The word is that the new systems will see both mid- and long-wave bands at long range.

The Age Of The Drones

Eurosatory has grown to become the world’s leading defence and security show for a reason. The show, which has always been a game changer for defence players all over the world, seems to have worked wonders for DroneShield, an Australia-based counter-drone technology provider. The company announced a major order for its DroneGun Tactical by the MoD of a “major Middle East country allied with Western governments”. With the drone mitigation industry being only a few years old, this one turns out to be a significant achievement for the company. The company said that the $3.2 million deal for 70 units is arguably one-of-its-kind in the industry.

A Solution For Germany’s MALE UAV Needs

Germany’s parliamentary committee has approved a deal with the Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI). The deal, worth a whopping $600 million, covers the lease of Heron TP medium-altitude, long-endurance (MALE) UAVs, and will cater to Germany’s MALE UAV needs, at least for now. If sources are anything to go by, the contract, intended to run for nine years from the latter part of next year, is more of an interim solution, until a four-nation EuroMALE project is ready for service in the mid-2020s.

Keep watching this space for highlights. We’ll bring in new updates as the show unfolds!

Eurosatory Day 2 Highlights: A Sneak Peek

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A Literal Curtain Raising

Rheinmetall, Europe’s foremost supplier of army technology and a longstanding partner of the armed forces, unveiled its new Lynx KF41 infantry fighting vehicle at Eurosatory 2018 in a rather exciting way. They lifted a curtain, quite literally, complete with smoke and 80s rock, grabbing everyone’s attention. The company is said to have set sights on meeting requirements for both European and U.S. future combat vehicles.

A Vehicle That Took Everyone By Surprise

SHERP, an unusual looking vehicle from STREIT, was quite a crowd puller, thanks to its  humongous tires and the surprising things it can do. The vehicle’s gigantic self-inflating tires turn it into a tiny tank that’s capable of floating and swimming. The bulletproof combat all-terrain vehicle delivers amazing off-road performance on the toughest of terrains including slick ice and steep rocky inclines.

There’s Always A First Time

If the reports are anything to go by, the French Army could have its first unmanned vehicle by 2025. This summer, the French Army and the government procurement office will start talks for acquiring a new light armored vehicle, “VBAE”, which if made to be controlled remotely, would be the first unmanned vehicle for the French Army, and is being seen as a replacement for the VBL light vehicle.

A Litmus Test In The Offing?

Day 2 at Eurosatory 2018 saw the head of the European Defence Agency proposing an ideological litmus test for Non-European Union States that vie for funding under the continent’s emerging defense architecture. He proposed that they be judged by their commitment to a common defense enterprise. The idea was pitched in response to a question about how he foresees Britain’s exit from the EU playing out in the defense sector.

CBRNe Events Taking The Centerstage

The CBRNe domain is to be covered by several events at Eurosatory, and day 2 saw a tabletop exercise on CBRNe complex situations, and a CBRNe conference, “State of the CBRNe Threat in the World,” organized by HCFDC.

Keep watching this space for highlights. We’ll bring in new updates as the show unfolds!

Eurosatory Day 1: What Made It To The Headlines

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It’s Raining Awards

While Proengin got the GICAT Export Trophy for its international strategy, Aleph-Networks was awarded with the Innovation Trophy for developing a breakthrough technology for information, cyber defense, and cybersecurity.

Technological Innovations On Display

Robotic Systems stole the show. While General Robotics showcased “Pitbull” in a new Counter-UAV configuration, STM, a Turkish player , displayed “Kargu”, an autonomous rotary quadrotor attack drone that is carried and controlled by a single operator. BlueBird’s ThunderB, with its new capability to carry and release external stores, also got quite the attention.

An Unprecedented Record

As many as 52 Israeli defense companies are participating in this year’s show. That’s a 40% increase, compared to the 2016 Edition. The companies are all set to display military developments and applications in the Israeli pavilion, and are looking forward to meeting the challenges that armies and security agencies encounter on the 21st century battlefield, against the backdrop of terrorist events, and safekeeping of borders & sensitive installations.

The Wait Is Finally Over

Eurosatory 2018, the coveted, international land and airland Defence and Security trade show, begun on a high note, and the exhibitors are already presenting world-class solutions, right from basic parts to prime-contractors’ finished products and operational systems. While the Israeli company Plasan unveiled the latest addition to its range of “Sandcat” vehicles, Revision, on the other hand, is showcasing “ComCentr2”, a tactical headset system that offers active noise reduction and 360 degree situational awareness. The first day at the show also saw a series of new launches, including Lincad’s launch of its new six-channel battery conditioner, the “Armada”.

Keep watching this space for highlights. We’ll bring in new updates as the show unfolds!

Eurosatory 2018: What To Expect In The Days to Come

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A Realistic Reconnaissance Mission

For the first time at Eurosatory, Live Demonstrations will see institutional participants as well. French Army will be one of them. They will show how they respond to threats. In fact, special Forces are participating in this year’s edition with their technologies and their modified vehicles. They are all set to play a rather realistic reconnaissance mission that ends with the death or the capture of the enemy in a quick yet discreet manner.

A Truly Global Affair

This year’s show is set against the backdrop of defence news pouring in from all corners of the world. From Poland’s Armament Inspectorate confirming the cancellation of yet another tender for procuring a new fleet of light multipurpose 4×4 vehicles to the Austrian MoD showcasing new armoured vehicles including the Dingo 2 A3 (various configurations), a Pandur EVO prototype and a new all-terrain BvS10 AUT prototype, anything could be up for discussion.

The Changing Paradigm

While only three Australian firms participated in the previous edition, Eurosatory 2018 will see 45 of them. Also, though six Russian firms have booked space at the trade show, they won’t be showcasing weapons.Instead, they’ll be bringing clothes and other goods. The move is said to a reflection of the Western sanctions following the annexation of Crimea from Ukraine in 2014.

A Lot To Look Forward To

The new hall 5B completes the indoor exhibition area at Eurosatory, while the live demonstrations area has now become all the more accessible. In addition, an all-new start-up area called Eurosatory LAB has also been convened. Dedicated to international start-ups in the fields of defence and security, the LAB would be the perfect platform for up to 80 most groundbreaking start-up companies to display their products or services alongside the major players.

The Action Has Already Begun

Sunday, 10 June 2018, saw several manufacturers showcasing their vehicles and equipment in dynamic shows. From Daimler, Milrem, FN Herstal, and Azur Drones to Protecop, many of the manufacturers chose to give a demonstration of their best offerings, laying the foundation of a great show to follow.

Keep watching this space for highlights. We’ll bring in new updates as the show unfolds!