Eurosatory 2020

June 8th 2020

Dear EDR On-Line readers,

today many of us should have met at the Parc des Expositions de Villepinte for the opening of the 2020 edition of Eurosatory. This is not going to happen as the pandemic that hit the world a few months ago led to the cancellation of many public events, among which the reference exhibition for the land defence sector.

I personally lack this event very much, having attended all the editions, and having seen it growing in importance and dimensions since 1992 when the Franco-French Satory exhibition, that was taking place close to Versailles, was moved to Le Bourget airport becoming Eurosatory, defined as the “European exhibition for land Defence equipment.” Since then it never ceased to grow, moving to new premises in the year 2000, the Villepinte exhibition area where it takes place now.

Talking recently to many people involved  in the Defence business, most of them told me they really lack the exhibitions, all were cancelled since last February, and Eurosatory in particular.

The decision to talk to as many companies as possible trying to get what they would have exhibited at Villepinte and put those information in our articles does not mean we pretend to replace the Paris event, we just hope to compensate a minimum the lack of it. Some companies reacted with enthusiasm, some didn’t had much to tell us as the lockdown heavily hit the development work that was underway in order to bring some new products to Paris, other decided to keep their new products to unveil them during some incoming event, and we fully respect their stance.

In these pages we will provide you a direct link to our paper issue, that would have been distributed at Eurosatory, and an interview with the exhibition General Manager, who announces some interesting initiatives and gives us the feeling of what it meant cancelling the show after having worked hard for two years to make it successful.

Last but not least, a series of articles on what you would have seen at the Parc des Expositions, if that damn virus would have not stopped the world.

I am already looking forward to June 13th 2022, although I do hope that what I often define as a “moving circus”, that is the sequence of exhibitions that allow us to meet in person around the world, would soon restart, and that the pretty bad moments that we lived in the past month would remain a bad memory.

Enjoy reading. Sincerely

Read the Eurosatory EDR Magazine edition

The General Manager perspective

COGES Events announces CONNECT

Adm. Bisceglia, OCCAR’s Director, talks on Land programmes

Thales unveils Nellie, the next-gen NVG

OIP Sensors Systems details the FPSA contract for France

Thales unveils Sophie Optima Long Range targeting binocular

Hensoldt unveils its new Spexer 2000 3rd Gen radar for C-UAS and not only

Safran close to delivering new high performance parachutes to French Forces

New SATCOM-on-the move solution from Airbus

Nammo: from extra-long to very short range

Arquus: not only vehicles. The word of the CEO

Type-X: an unmanned direct fire support solution (and more) by Milrem Robotics

Arquus: managing the vehicles’ energy budget to reduce fuel consumption

A new light 25 mm RCWS from John Cockerill Defence

CNIM looks positively at the bridging business with its new PFM versions

Elbit and Roboteam together for autonomous UGVs

Safran: towards an armed Patroller

Bren-Tronics: further improving battery capacity

Rafael Innovation Program Center: looking into the future of land warfare

Leonardo promotes its 105/52 mm Mk II gun on the Centauro II

Force protection tethered balloons by CNIM Air Space

StormRider: greater mobility and protection for Plasan’s SandCat

Metravib Defence: from acoustic detection to data fusion

Quantix Recon: a mapping UAV from AeroVironment

Patria’s Land BU: the President’s word

PGM Précision: upgrading French sniper rifles

MFA: hit detection and situational awareness from Plasan

The new Armis trucks family from Arquus