As aviation exhibitions trend is shifting more and more and more towards the commercial field, the military remains however quite strong, although some major companies opt for playing on their home-ground.
It is apparently the case of BAE Systems, the duel between Airbus FCAS, which mock up will be unveiled on Day One of the show, and the UK Tempest thus not taking place in Paris, although a third challenger will show up in mock-up form, the new Turkish Fighter. The latter will probably be the programme that will fly earlier, being a one-nation project strongly supported by politics, the European programmes having a lesser momentum and looking for multi-nationality. The Eurofighter consortium will update on the “Long Term Evolution” initiative that will keep the Typhoon up-to-date and flying beyond 2030.
Some other new aircraft will not be present, i.e. Boeing T-X, which two EMD-ready aircraft are busy in their test flight programme back in the US. However Leonardo will be present with its M-345 trainer as well as with the fighter/attack version of the M-346 advanced LIFT, which is at the heart of the Leonardo International Flying Training School.
Numerous announcements were made prior to the opening of the 53rd edition of the Paris event, IAI and Leonardo having unveiled two new UAVs, while MBDA released information on its new Future Air Systems to be developed in the coming years. Counter-UAS systems will certainly be among the highlights of the show, the number of companies involved in that field becoming proportional to that busy in producing UAS.
Sensors are part of C-UAS as well as of bigger GBAD systems, the world of airborne sensors being also in full motion together with data link systems allowing networking.
How many breaking news will come from this edition of the Paris Air Show is difficult to say, but the week will certainly be a busy one, and interesting bits of information will definitely become available.
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