By Joseph Roukoz
Visitors to Defexpo 2018 will discover in the Airbus’ booth a model of a multirole helicopters and a model of the new generation aerial refueller A330 MRTT.
Many of the Airbus products at Defexpo 2018 come directly in line with the show’s motto : The Emerging Defence Manufacturing Hub. As part of the Defence Ministry’s Avro shuttle transport replacement programme, Airbus has offered to support Tata Advanced Systems in setting up a final assembly line for the C295 transport aircraft in India. A scale model of the C295 military transport aircraft is also on display.
Airbus has teamed up with Mahindra Defence and is proposing both the AS565MBe Panther and the H135M rotorcraft under the Naval Utility Helicopters (NUH) and the H225M under the Naval Multi Role Helicopters (NMRH) programmes, all with substantial transfers of technology and indigenisation compliant with « Make in India » objectives. Additionally, a model of the VSR700 is on display on the Airbus’ booth. The VSR700 is Airbus Helicopters light military rotary-wing tactical unmanned aerial system, based on the Cabri G2 from Helicoptères Guimbal, which is designed to survey and localise targets in a given zone with high performance day/night cameras and maritime radar.