LE BOURGET, PARIS, FRANCE / YUMA PROVING GROUND IN ARIZONA, UNITED STATES (REUTERS / TEXTRON) – Military flypasts are a highlight of the Paris Airshow.
The Rafale jet fighter wowed the crowds with an acrobatic display.
It’s the best jet of its kind, says Eric Trappier, CEO of Dassault, which made it.
ERIC TRAPPIER, CEO, DASSAULT AVIATION,
“The Rafale is better than the others because it is doing everything. So it is good in doing each mission, but it is doing every type of mission – air-to-air, air-to-ground, air-to-sea, recce mission, even nuclear mission.”
The Airbus A400M made a surprise appearance five weeks after a fatal pre-delivery test flight in Seville.
Airbus CEO Fabrice Bregier is sure the orders will roll in.
FABRICE BREGIER, CEO AND PRESIDENT, AIRBUS,
“There is no competitor to the A400M which is by far the most modern military transport aircraft. So there will be a big export market, I’m convinced of it.”
Textron showed off its Scorpion fighter jet, generating interest since debuting at Farnborough last year.
The US conglomerate also displayed its tactical unmanned aircraft system platform, the Shadow M2.
Textron’s Henry Finneral says it’s the ideal replacement for the Shadow V2.
VICE PRESIDENT OF TACTICAL UNMANNED AIRCRAFT SYSTEM AT TEXTRON SYSTEMS,
“One of the key aspects of the Shadow M2 is for the payload capability and the endurance it provides it’s still a tactical system…. It is launchable via catapult, so you don’t need a large footprint or a large airfield to set up.”
The French DGA defence procurement agency is considering a deal.
Last but not least comes Textron’s Fury missile.
Textron’s Vince Logsdon.
TEXTRON VICE PRESIDENT FOR BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT FOR WEAPON AND SENSOR SYSTEMS, VINCE LOGSDON,
“The Fury is a 12.7 pound, 27 inch, highly compact glide precision munition. It was developed primarily to be utilised on manned and unmanned aircraft because of its size and its weight. It’s very effective in doing so.”
Their small size enables six Fury missiles to be attached to a UAV. Tests last summer showed accuracy to within one metre of a target.
Textron, Airbus, and Dassault hope to make a big noise for the rest of this year’s show, and beyond.