Make The Most Of Your Visit To FIA 2018; Explore The South Of England

FIA 2018- Explore The South Of England

The Farnborough Exhibition & Conference Centre may not be at a stone’s throw from London, but it ain’t too far either. The distance between the two is merely 35 miles, and guess what, the venue for the Farnborough International Airshow is conveniently close to some of South’s most popular attractions. There’s no reason then why you should not plan a visit to the southern counties of England, especially if you are all set to attend the FIA. Here are some attractions you could look forward to visiting:

Farnborough Air Show: Your Gateway To Southern England’s Attractions

Mercedes-Benz World

Mercedes-Benz World UK

What if you could test drive the latest Mercedes models around the handling circuit? Intriguing, eh? Makes you want to pack your bags and head to the Mercedes-Benz World straightaway, right? Hold your horses. Once there, you could very well put both the car and your driving skills to test with one of the driving experiences on offer. Need we say more?

  • Distance from Farnborough: 21 miles
  • Time taken by Car: 30 minutes


Birdworld England

Did you know that Birdworld is one of England’s largest bird parks? Now you do. Interestingly enough, it covers a whopping 26 acres. Located south-west of the town of Farnham, Surrey, Birdworld could be your perfect picnic spot. Are your kids tagging along for the trade show? You ought to bring them here. After all, the bird park also includes an Underwater World and Jenny Wren children’s farm. What else could you ask for?

  • Distance from Farnborough: 9 miles
  • Time taken by Car: 20 minutes

Windsor Castle

Windsor Castle England

The official residence of the Queen, the Windsor Castle remains a working place even today. Well, it’s kind of a big deal, once you get to know that it’s been a royal home and fortress for over 900 years. And that’s not all. It is indeed the largest occupied castle in the world. Who would have thought that a visit to an aerospace & defense trade show could lead you to someplace so royal and magnificent? That’s what you call killing two birds with one stone!

  • Distance from Farnborough: 18 miles
  • Time taken by Car: 35 minutes

LEGOLAND® Windsor Resort

LEGOLAND Windsor Resort

This one’s again for your kids. With more than 55 rides and attractions, this is one of those places that they would surely love. Imagine seeing them fly through the treetops to escape fearsome dragons, and ride the thrilling rapids with a Viking. A sight for sore eyes, isn’t it?

  • Distance from Farnborough: 16 miles
  • Time taken by Car: 30 minutes

Twickenham Stadium

Twickenham Stadium England

Are you a diehard rugby fan? Even if you aren’t, you shouldn’t miss out on the chance to visit the Twickenham Stadium. It’s not every day that you are at an exhibition venue that’s just 25 miles from the home of England Rugby. Having a seating capacity of 82,000 and being the largest dedicated rugby union venue in the world, this one should be on your go-to list, like already.

  • Distance from Farnborough: 25 miles
  • Time taken by Car: 35 minutes

Royal Ascot

Royal Ascot England

The rich heritage and history of Ascot Racecourse is difficult to match, if not impossible. Only a few sporting venues come close. Not to mention, over the past 300 years, the Royal Ascot has taken the centerstage, and grown to become an integral part of the British social calendar. Isn’t that reason enough for you to be here? You bet!

  • Distance from Farnborough: 12 miles
  • Time taken by Car: 25 minutes


A visit to the Farnborough Exhibition & Conference Centre could turn into a family picnic in no time, if not before, at least once the show is over, provided, you do have some extra time on hands. Plan ahead!

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.

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 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!