Paris Air Show military aviation roundup


Here are details of military orders and announcements made during the 2017 Paris Air Show last week.

Airbus Defense and Space’s C295 was displayed at the Paris Air Show before starting its world tour at the end of June, which will continue until the beginning of August. During the show Stellwagen Group signed a deal for 12 C295 medium transports with Airbus Defense and Space.

Airbus also delivered six tactical A400Ms to France and should delivered nine more by the end of 2018. The French Air Force is supporting the programme and the French President Emmanuel Macron landed at the Paris Air Show on Monday morning on board of an A400M.

Textron unveiled the Nightwarden tactical UAV with endurance of around 15 hours and an operational ceiling of around 16 000ft. The aircraft is expected to carry communications, sense and avoid, communications intelligence or even Textron’s Fury UAV missiles according to requirements.

Leonardo unveiled a new aerial target drone. The M-40 is a single engine, medium to high performance drone with an entry level cost. The M-40 can be used as a threat simulator for training purposes.

Lockheed Martin and Tata signed an agreement to produce F-16 fighter jets in India. The Indian Air Force needs hundreds of aircraft but Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that those have to be built in India. The jet order from India is supposed to be between 100 and 250 aircraft.

Meanwhile, Lockheed is about to close a $37 billion deal to sell 440 F-35 fighter jets to 11 nations. This deal includes the three versions of the F-35 jet. The nations in the group are Australia, Denmark, Israel, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, Norway, Turkey, South Korea, Britain and the United States.

Russian Aircraft Corporation MiG is proceeding with the flight testing of the MiG-35 fighter and expects the program to be completed by the end of 2017. Moscow will probably sign an order for 37 examples after the completion of flight testing.

Written by ADIT – The Bulletin and republished with permission.