Finmeccanica takes part in IDEF 2011

Finmeccanica takes part in IDEF 2011

12-May-2011 Source: Finmeccanica

Finmeccanica – through its companies AgustaWestland, Alenia Aeronautica, Alenia Aermacchi, DRS Technologies,Oto Melara, SELEX Communications, SELEX Galileo, SELEX Sistemi Integrati, Telespazio (Finmeccanica/Thales) and Wass – will take part in IDEF (International Defense Industry Fair) 2011, to be held in Istanbul,Turkey, from 10 to 13 of May.

For Finmeccanica, Turkey is first and foremost an industrial partner rather than just a potential market. Over the years, close collaboration between Group companies and their Turkish counterparts has led to a solid industrial partnership that extends to the defense and security sectors as well as civil programmes. The activities range from helicopters for military and commercial applications to training and maritime patrol aircraft, radar (both air traffic control and air defense), communications systems, Earth Observation satellite systems, naval systems, urban trains and trams. Last November, Finmeccanica opened its new representative office in Ankara to strengthen the Group’s presence in the country and to develop its leadership in defense and security. Finmeccanica operates in Turkey also through the offices of AgustaWestland, Alenia Aeronautica, Ansaldo STS and through SELEX Komunikasyon A.S, the Turkish subsidiary of SELEX Communications, based in Ankara, with a branch office in Istanbul.

AgustaWestland is a leader in the global helicopter market, offering the most complete range of products able to meet the demands of commercial and military customers. The longstanding collaboration between AgustaWestland and Turkey dates back to the early 1970s, and to date, numerous AgustaWestland commercial helicopters of various types have been ordered by several clients, leading to a total of over 260 military and commercial helicopters being purchased in the country. The models to be exhibited include the: T129, AW109 LUH, AW139 Coast Guard and GrandNew. The T129 is a multi-role combat helicopter developed by the ATAK Team comprising TAI (prime contractor and system integrator), AgustaWestland and Aselsan. The T129’s outstanding features make it very appealing to the international market, as it can meet a number of operational needs. The AW109 LUH is an advanced light utility helicopter. The state-of-the-art avionics, cockpit and performance offer the perfect training solution to prepare crews that are moving to larger, more sophisticated aircraft. A wide range of weapon systems and mission equipment allows the AW109 LUH to satisfy a wide variety of military missions. The AW139 Coast Guard is a new-generation multi-role medium twin-engine helicopter offering unparalleled performance and capacity. The AW139 meets the most stringent civil and government standards, and its features make it the medium twin engine of choice for Coast Guard duties. The GrandNew is a modern light twin helicopter providing levels of cabin space and payload that until now could only be met by larger, more expensive helicopters. The GrandNew is the next generation of the proven Grand platform, with a new digital glass cockpit to provide pilots with situational awareness and flight management capabilities never achieved before in the light twin class. This helicopter which features the latest avionics technology can be used for many roles including Corporate/VIP, EMS, SAR and HPS.

Alenia Aeronautica is Italy’s largest aeronautics company and operates worldwide in the design, development, production, maintenance and modification of commercial and military aircraft, unmanned aerial vehicles and aerostructures. Alenia Aeronautica and its controlled company Alenia Aermacchi – European leader in the design, development and production of integrated training systems – will be showcasing its capabilities in tactical transport aircraft, special-version aircraft, fighters and trainers. The models to be exhibited include the: C-27J, ATR 72ASW, M- 346 and Eurofighter Typhoon. The C-27J tactical transport aircraft is an optimum solution for Air Force with demanding military mission requirements and larger strategic airlift. Its interoperability and joint use by other NATO partners would provide the Turkish Air Force with a strong transport capability to participate in multinational activities such as peace keeping, humanitarian relief and disaster response. The ATR 72ASW (Anti-Submarine Warfare) is a highly efficient medium-range aircraft that performs anti-submarine, anti-ship, SAR and EEZ patrol roles. The M-346 aircraft – produced by Alenia Aermacchi and recently purchased by the Italian and Singaporean governments and also selected (48 aircraft) by the UAE Government – is the most Advanced/Lead-In Fighter Trainer in production today and the only new-generation trainer optimized to train pilots to fly new-generation combat aircraft. The M-346 offers very high levels of performance and manoeuvrability  for the most cost-effective solutions and is the ideal platform for next generation Integrated Training Systems, ready to meet the demanding requirements of the most sophisticated Air Forces. Through the Eurofighter consortium, Alenia Aeronautica is part of the Eurofighter programme and leads the Eurofighter marketing effort in Turkey. The Eurofighter Typhoon is the result of a four-nation collaboration of governments and industries (Germany, the UK, Italy and Spain) to produce the most advanced new-generation combat aircraft. The Eurofighter Typhoon is a supersonic twin-engine multi-role aircraft for air defense, interdiction and air superiority, and with a production agreement for more than 700 aircraft, it represents the largest new-generation combat aircraft programme. The Eurofighter Typhoon would guarantee, not only complete air dominance for the Turkish Air Force, to replace the F-4 Phantoms still in service, but would also allow the Turkish aerospace industry to play an important role in the programme, both in terms of technology and innovation in industrial processes, with huge growth in know-how, which can subsequently be transferred to other applications.

DRS Technologies is a leading supplier of integrated products, services and support to military forces, intelligence agencies and prime contractors worldwide. The company offers ultra-rugged computers for data presentation and calculation, which operate efficiently even in critical operational theatres. On display will be the JV-5 Ultra-Rugged Vehicle and Display System, the DRS’ Military Rugged Tablet (MRT) Computer and the ARMOR™ X10gx Rugged Tablet PC and X7 Rugged Tablet PC from the company’s line of ARMOR™ brand rugged computing systems. The ARMOR™ brand is based on over 25 years of experience in developing computer and display systems that can survive in the harshest environments.

Oto Melara is the world leader in the production of small-and-medium caliber naval guns. It applies the latest technologies to offer its customers global solutions and has research and development capabilities in areas ranging from artillery to armored vehicles, and from guided ammunition to anti-aircraft-systems. At IDEF, Oto Melara will be exhibiting the Horus UAV and the Vulcano extended range ammunition for 127mm artillery. The Horus is a small aerial robotic platform realized in composite materials and equipped with an optical sensor to carry out surveillance and tactical reconnaissance tasks and missions. Vulcano is a family of Extended Range (ER) guided ammunition for distances of more than 100 Km and Long Range (LR) unguided ammunition that can reach distances of 60 Km both for 127mm naval artilleries and 155mm land artilleries. It is designed to meet any present and future requirement for Naval Fire Support and long-range engagement of Surface Targets. At the Finmeccanica stand, the company will also show a video of the 127/64 Light Weight Naval Gun.

SELEX Communications is a leader in cutting-edge solutions for secure and integrated communications to lead the supply of Network Enabled Capability and to support joint forces, ensuring inter-force protection and the interconnection of systems in operational scenarios. The company operates in Turkey through its subsidiary SELEX Komünikasyon AS (SELEX Turkey) located in Gölbası, Ankara, and has a branch office in Istanbul. On display will be SELEX Communications solutions for cockpit control panels and lighting systems featuring A400M and C-130 military transport aircraft and HURKUS Turkish basic trainer, as well as the Helicopter Electronic Warfare Suite (HEWS) program. In the mission critical communications sector, SELEX Communications will be exhibiting its TETRA based communications systems: the ElettraSuite PumaT3 Plus and the ElettraSuite PumaT3 Plus Ex terminals, and the ElettraSuite VS3000 mobile radio family.

SELEX Galileo is a leading player in mission critical, airborne, electronic warfare and electro-optical systems for the main fixed and rotary wing platforms. The company also offers next-generation situational awareness and protection solutions for a wide range of land systems. At IDEF, the company will be exhibiting the Silent Acquisition Surveillance System (SASS), the Janus, the PicoSAR and the Road Marshall situational awareness system. SELEX Galileo recently proposed the Silent Acquisition Surveillance System (SASS) based on Infrared Search and Track (IRST) technology for application on board Landing Ship Tanks (LSTs), in response to requirements set by the Turkish naval forces. The SASS system is already being used on the Cavour, the Italian Navy’s flagship aircraft carrier, and has also been selected for the Italian frigates for the joint French-Italian FREMM programme. Janus is an electro-optical detection/aiming sight that can be used as Optronic Observation Equipment or a Fire Control System, on both ground and naval applications, where a passive control of specific areas is required. The PicoSAR is a low cost, all-weather, lightweight surveillance sensor suitable for tactical Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) as well as both fixed and rotary wing manned platforms. Another key capability on display at IDEF will be the Road Marshall situational awareness system, an all-weather observation system designed to enhance the operability of armoured fighting, reconnaissance and protected mobility vehicles.

SELEX Sistemi Integrati is a world leader for the design and manufacturing of ATC, defense and security sensors and systems with core competencies in systems integration. The longstanding collaboration between SELEX Sistemi Integrati and Turkey dates back to 1974, when the company provided the first air traffic control systems for the airports in Istanbul and Ankara. At IDEF 2011, SELEX Sistemi Integrati will exhibit the KRONOS radar in its naval version, a demo of the Forza Nec system, a demo of the Vessel Traffic Management System (VTMS), the Blue Shield system and the PAR (Precision Approach Radar) 2090C. The KRONOS is a multifunctional C-Band radar with a full solid state active phased array antenna, which counters new-generation threats in every kind of ECM (Electronic Counter Measures) and severe clutter environments. The Forza NEC system demonstrator shows the main capabilities developed by the company for the digitalization of land forces. The programme is intended to improve their operational efficiency in out-of-area and expeditionary operations. It has been designed to support peace-keeping and peace enforcement joint mission profiles. The Vessel Traffic Management System provides advanced solutions for control and management of safe vessel traffic, monitoring the maritime environment and supporting Search & Rescue (SAR) operations at sea. In 2010, SELEX Sistemi Integrati was awarded a contract for the realization of a VTS (Vessel Traffic System) system for the management of maritime traffic in the coastal areas of Izmir, Izmit and Mersin. Blue Shield is a state-of-the art C4I system for air surveillance and defense. It offers airspace surveillance as well as air defense reaction capabilities enhancement. Blue Shield open architecture allows the integration of coastal and border protection systems. The PAR 2090C is an X-Band, ground controlled Precision Approach Radar designed to provide efficient and accurate tracking of over 32 targets, with the ability to control up to eight runways. The high resolution display console delivers accurate detection and target discrimination in all-weather conditions and provides excellent clutter rejection.

Telespazio is one of the main global operators in satellite operation, Earth observation, satellite navigation and the development of integrated communications networks. The company is owned by Finmeccanica (67%) and Thales (33%) and, together with Thales Alenia Space (Thales 67%, Finmeccanica 33%), European leader in satellite systems and cutting-edge manufacturer of orbital infrastructures, it comprises the “Space Alliance”. At IDEF, Telespazio will be exhibiting a model of the Göktürk satellite and the applications of COSMO-SkyMed, one of the most innovative Earth Observation programmes. The application services that can be derived from COSMO-SkyMed will contribute significantly to the defense of the territory in areas such as fire, landslides, droughts, floods, pollution, earthquakes and subsidence, the management of natural resources in agriculture and forestry, as well as the monitoring of urban sprawl. Telespazio, supported by Thales Alenia Space, won the tender as prime contractor for the Göktürk satellite system, the high-resolution reconnaissance and surveillance satellite system for the Turkish Ministry of Defence.The agreement covers the supply of an Earth observation satellite equipped with a high-resolution optical sensor, an integration and test center for satellites to be built in Turkey, and the entire ground segment of the system, which will carry out in-orbit operation, data acquisition and processing.

Due to its unique capability to design, develop and manufacture Lightweight and Heavyweight Torpedoes with relevant Launching Systems as well as Anti-Torpedo Countermeasures and Underwater Surveillance Systems, WASS is recognized worldwide as leader Company in the underwater defense domain. At IDEF the company will be exhibiting: the Black Shark “Stealth” Heavyweight Torpedo, the MU90 Lightweight Torpedo, the Surface Ships Launching System for Anti-Torpedo Countermeasures (ATC), the Submarine Launching System for ATC, the Expendable Countermeasures and the Black Kite Katamaran. The Black Shark “Stealth” Heavyweight Torpedo is the most advanced and powerful torpedo currently available on the market. The MU90 Lightweight Torpedo is a next-generation fire-and-forget weapon developed to respond to the ASW operational needs of the 21th century. The Surface ships launching system for anti-torpedo countermeasures is composed of a set of independent launching barrels fitted on two rotating racks, one for each side of the ship. The Submarine Launching System for Anti-Torpedo Countermeasures is a composed of two independent launching tube racks capable of deploying the effectors (Jammers and Mobile Target Emulators) on both sides of the submarine. The Expendable Countermeasures are two types of expendable effectors (Jammers and Mobile Target Emulators) that together with their specific launching devices constitute respectively the C310 and C303/S Anti Torpedo Countermeasure Systems, which represent the most effective response to the requirements of modern anti-torpedo defense for surface vessels and submarines. The Black Kite Katamaran is an ultra high-speed class of catamaran designed specifically for the Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) role, but able to perform a wide range of naval missions from typical off-shore coastal patrol mission profiles to high-speed, high-manoeuvre littoral warfare.

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