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!