Open

Coming up

Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

AFRICA NEWS

Burkina Faso's army chief assumes power after president ousted

Read more

MEDIAWATCH

Action to end impunity for crimes against journalists

Read more

REPORTERS

USA - Mexico: A danger-ridden border

Read more

FRANCE IN FOCUS

Anger at death of young environmental protester

Read more

#TECH 24

Google's Cancer pill and Unicycle Solowheel

Read more

THE BUSINESS INTERVIEW

Hugues Pouget, Chocolate maker and CEO of Hugo & Victor

Read more

#THE 51%

Travelling safe

Read more

AFRICA NEWS

Burkina Faso's army announces dissolution of government and parliament

Read more

ENCORE!

Are camera phones, selfies and Instagram destroying photography?

Read more

France

Airbus, Israel join forces on new early warning aircraft

Text by News Wires

Latest update : 2011-06-22

Airbus' military division and the state-run Israel Aerospace Industries said Tuesday they will jointly develop an early warning plane, which hovers and warns of approaching enemy planes, then sends planes to intercept.

AP - Airbus’s military division and state-run Israel Aerospace Industries said Tuesday they are to jointly develop a new airborne early warning and control aircraft.
Airbus spokeswoman Barbara Kracht said it will be the first time Airbus has worked with an Israeli company on any defense project.
Airbus Military CEO Domingo Urena and IAI Vice-President Nissim Hadas said in a statement they had signed a memorandum of understanding at the Paris Air Show, where a C295 early warning aircraft demonstration model has been displayed. Aerial early warning planes, or AWACS, watch and control airspace, warning of approaching enemy planes and sending vectoring planes to intercept.
The C295 is part of Airbus’ popular family of light and medium airlifters, which also includes the smaller C212 and CN235 passenger and cargo aircraft. Earlier this month, Airbus unveiled a demonstration model of the twin turboprop design with a rotating radar dome mounted above the rear fuselage.
Initial flight trials have shown that the aircraft is aerodynamically an excellent platform despite the radar dome, Airbus said.
The United States, NATO nations, Russia, China and India all operate large early warning aircraft based on four-engine passenger jets or cargo aircraft. But Airbus and IAI said they see a growing demand for much smaller, simpler and cheaper planes with the capability to loiter for extended periods of time while providing airborne surveillance over long ranges.
“This cooperation ... will provide the market with a highly efficient and affordable solution, the first in this market segment,” Urena said.
“Emerging conflicts across the globe are emphasizing the importance of special mission fleets. We are sure that by joining forces, we will offer the market the right solution with the right technology,” said Hadas of IAI.
IAI and subsidiary ELTA are leaders in the development of airborne radar systems. Their radars already equip early warning aircraft operated by Israel, India, China and Singapore.
 

Date created : 2011-06-21

  • PARIS AIR SHOW

    EADS reveals hypersonic successor to Concorde

    Read more

  • AVIATION

    Solar plane and biofuel jet engines on display at the Paris Air Show

    Read more

COMMENT(S)