Gearing Up For The Farnborough Air Show? Here’s What Lies In Store!

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The Farnborough Air Show has always facilitated business amongst the aerospace community. FIA 2018 is no different. In fact, it holds more relevance than ever for the industry and the aerospace supply chain. Here’s what the show promises to deliver:

The Farnborough International Airshow: Far Exceeding The Expectations

An Extensive Conference And Seminar Programme

FIA and IATA have together come up with a dedicated Air Cargo Conference Programme. This will be a two-day conference. You get to take a closer look at the future of Air Cargo and the impact of new technologies in this sector. There’s also a roundtable in the offing. FIA has teamed up with Flightglobal for an Airline Chiefs Strategy Roundtable. The participation of several high-profile airline heads makes it worthwhile.

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Last but not least, this year, there’ll be two theaters where you can share and discuss major topics of the day. The topics could get interesting, ranging from space habitation to supersonic travel.  

How do you think the aviation industry would look in 2030? Well, won’t it be interesting to find out how the airline heads perceive it? You bet.

A Perfect Mix Of New & Regular Features

Regular FIA features like the Innovation Zone and Space Zone will, of course, be there. But, those looking forward to something new are in for a treat at the trade show. You could witness the examining of technologies. Interested in automation, additive manufacturing, simulation, virtual and augmented reality and digitization? Head to Aerospace 4.0. It is dedicated to the fourth industrial revolution and the digitization of the industry. No wonder it has become a talking point of late.

The Live Product Demo Area now has an “Air Force Command Centre”. Want to see the products from the leading industry players in a real-life scenario setting? Here’s your chance. For the first three days, the area will only be open to invited delegations and guests. But, trade show visitors need not lose heart. They can explore the feature later, i.e. on Thursday and Friday.

The Cargo Village, which was first developed in 2016, will also be attracting a lot of attention. A featured aircraft, a dedicated exhibition hall and a two-day conference. That’s a lot to look forward to, right?

An International Show True To Its Name

It’s a global affair. With 29 national pavilions confirmed, it indeed is. A significant European presence from Germany, France, and Spain further adds to it. So does the largest presence from China, with 25 participating companies. The best part is that a larger number of international exhibitors may be at the show this year. In 2016, they made up for around 71% of the total number of exhibitors. The expectations are higher this year.  

A Display That’ll Leave You Asking For More

The Farnborough Airshow 2018 has a packed aircraft programme. And whose aircraft can you expect to see? Antonov, ATR, Bell, Dassault, Embraer, L3 Technologies, Piaggio Aerospace, Pilatus and the like. Did you know that Mitsubishi MRJ will be making its flying display debut at the show? Exciting, right? Wait till we tell you that the US DOD will be bringing an F-16 for the flying programme and a C-17 for static display. That’s what you call excitement!

The new permanent hall, FINN, and these exciting, innovative features – we can’t wait for the show to begin. How about you? Let’s catch up at the Farnborough International Exhibition & Conference Centre, and talk business. We have had successful trysts with aerospace and defense shows and can make you stand out at the next one.  

Speed Lovers Are In For A Treat At Farnborough Air Show. Here’s Why

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The Red Bull Air Race will be making its only UK appearance of the year at Farnborough International Airshow. The trade show will be open to the public on 21st and 22nd July and is being awaited by those looking forward to the race. Known to take speed, precision, and skill to a whole new level, the Red Bull Air Race was last held in the UK in 2016.

The Red Bull Air Race At FIA 2018: Here’s What To Expect

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Get ready to witness the very best of the new dimension of motorsport, as a team of two pilots flies Edge 540 race planes. Italian pilot Dario Costa and the UK’s own Ben Murphy will reach speeds of 370kmh while enduring forces of up to 12G.  Intriguing, enough? Here’s the real deal. They’ll navigate a low-level racetrack, marked by 25-meter-high, air-filled pylons. This explains why the audience is all excited to get up close to this legendary motorsport. It’ll be the first time since 2016 that the pilots would showcase the very best of the techniques they use in a race.

The Red Bull Air Race: Here’s What Else You Should Know

A thrilling flying display, packed full of tension, excitement, and variety. That’s how Andrew Pearcey, Group Marketing Director for Farnborough International, describes it. The Red Bull Air Race will give you a taste of the excitement of air racing. We can’t wait to see the pylons putting the pilots’ skill and accuracy to test, as they come out with flying colors. How about you?

The FIA: Here’s A Quick Overview

FIA sees the who’s who of the aerospace and defense industries, but it’s no less popular among the general public. That’s because of the public airshow that everyone can look forward to. The Farnborough International Airshow 2018 won’t be an exception.

  • Around 80,000 people will be at the trade show to see fast-paced acts during the public weekend, i.e. 21 and 22 July
  • Want to see Blades, one of the world’s most exhilarating aerobatic flying display teams, in action? A bespoke, close-formation aerobatic display designed especially for FIA, is awaiting you. The team, founded by ex-Red Arrows pilots, will dominate the sky. Watch out!
  • Ever seen more horsepower than a Formula 1 car in a specially-designed gravity jet suit? Well, that’s what Real life ‘Iron Man’ Richard Browning will use for flying.  He’ll be flying in a miniature Harrier. The Harrier, which last appeared at the show in 2014, is a legend of the skies. Now’s your chance to catch a glimpse.
  • You’d also get to see the F16, one of the world’s most impressive fast jets, thanks to the US Department of Defence.


The tickets to the airshow are available online. The best part is that children under 15 can attend it for free. So you could plan a family trip of sorts around the trade show, so to say.

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.

Also Read:- Eurosatory Day 3 & 4: A Quick Refresher

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.

Also Read:- Eurosatory Day 2 Highlights: A Sneak Peek

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!