Airbus is displaying numerous aircraft for defense and security solutions at this year’s Eurosatory, including a scale mock-up of the H160M, the H145M, the VSR700.
Airbus Helicopters’ display includes a scale mock-up of the H160M that was selected in the frame of the French Joint Light Helicopter program (HIL) that aims at replacing six types of helicopters in service in the three French armies. A new-generation aircraft, the H160 will enter into service in the French Armed Forces, giving them a modern and high performing helicopter that has a low logistical footprint and that will be operational for the next 30 years.
A scale mock-up of the H145M, alongside an HForce demonstrator, will also be on show. The H145M equipped with HForce recently performed ballistic and laser guided rocket testing ahead of delivery to launch customer Serbia later this year. The aircraft also recently demonstrated the highest level of manned-unmanned teaming (MUM-T) capabilities further enhancing its operational capabilities.
Also on display, the VSR700 is Airbus Helicopters’ rotary-wing unmanned aerial system designed to fulfill the demanding requirements of global navies. With the best coverage of any VUAS it can operate from small corvettes to major warships in the most demanding conditions.
Airbu is also presenting its solutions for land and satellite communication networks that are already in use by the most modern armed forces worldwide. For the first time at Eurosatory, Airbus will perform demonstrations of its Hybrid Networks solution. This new generation of intelligent network solutions enables the aggregation of all of the infrastructure or tactical networks regardless of whether they are land, mobile or satellite based.
Specialist in intelligence integration, Airbus Defence and Space is also exhibiting for the first time its geospatial intelligence center which allows its customers to manage the whole intelligence process from the collection and visualization to the utilization and distribution of information on one single intuitive and secure platform.
Airbus Defence and Space is also showcasing the ‘Holographic Tactical Sandbox,’ a highly innovative tool designed to facilitate mission preparation by providing a 3D holographic map viewable in an augmented reality helmet.
Integrated into the chain of command, this tool provides an accurate 3D representation of the battlefield using information supplied by Airbus’ Fortion TacticalC2 application. Operators can view and create information, which is then shared with higher decision-making levels of command.
A scale mock-up of the Airbus Zephyr is on show. Running exclusively on solar power and flying above the weather and above conventional air traffic, the Airbus Zephyr systems fill a capability gap and are complimentary to satellites, UAVs and manned aircraft providing affordable, persistent, local satellite-like services.
Full scale mock-ups of the Survey Copter mini tactical drones, DVF 2000 VT/Aliaca and, the DVF 2000 ER are presented. The DVF 2000 VT/Aliaca provides a 360-degree panoramic coverage thanks to the positioning of its vertical turret, and can perform intelligence missions from a 10- to 50-kilometer range.
The DVF 2000 VT/Aliaca in its previous version has been deployed by Special Forces worldwide and is perfectly adapted for maritime missions using a dedicated net landing solution. With its thermal propulsion with electronic fuel injection, the DVF 2000 ER is a high endurance versatile system allowing eight hours of missions over a 50-kilometer range.