France and the UK signed a wide-ranging defense pact with far-reaching consequences for operational and industrial policy. The two countries will create an integrated carrier strike group and coordinate refits to ensure that one British or French aircraft carrier is always operational.
Israel’s Elbit Systems and French company Sagem Défense Sécurité agreed on September 15 to form a joint venture by early next year. To be based at Eragny and Montluçon in France, the joint venture will market UAV systems in France and other designated markets, and will take over existing initiatives.
Thales is supplying the cockpit control display and onboard airport navigation systems for ATR’s new -600 series turboprops as part of an extensive package that also includes autopilot, navigation and communications equipment and the integrated modular avionics (IMA) system.
iXMotion, a French supplier of mechanical, electronic and software engineering and systems and a manufacturer of motion simulators, is here at Farnborough (Hall 1 Stand A15) exhibiting its range of antenna station platforms, also known as positioners. The company began delivering the platforms two years ago and currently is completing several contracts.
Announced last week was the first successful test of the 250-kilogram laser-guided version of Sagem’s AASM modular weapon. The laser AASM was launched from a Rafale and hit a target at the Biscarrosse range 25 kilometers away. AASM versions already qualified are the basic inertial/GPS guided bomb, and a version that adds imaging infrared.
Larry Alexandre, recently named CEO of Sagem Avionics after five years as COO for Turbomeca USA, acknowledges that he has much to learn about avionics but he insists that the engines and instrumentation businesses have one vital common element–concern for the customer.
SkyTrac Briefing Daily on SkyWeb 3.0
SkyTrac Systems of Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada, is displaying the latest version of its satcom-based flight tracking and following software at Booth No. 3506. Technical briefings on the new features of SkyWeb V 3.0 are being presented daily in conference room 380A in the convention center from 1 to 2:30 p.m.
Vector Aerospace Helicopter Services has received an FAA supplemental type certificate (STC) for an integrated cockpit display system (ICDS) in the Bell 407. EASA and Transport Canada certification are pending. Vector developed the 407 STC in partnership with Safran Group’s Sagem Avionics.
Carson Helicopter Services, Sagem Avionics and Vector Aerospace will jointly celebrate a supplemental type certificate issued to Carson for a five-display glass cockpit on its Sikorsky S-61 fleet at 10 a.m. tomorrow at Static Display No. 25. The “Discover the New Sikorsky S-61 Tour” event will include VIP tours of the helicopter immediately following the celebration.
Honeywell and Sagem have teamed to offer integrated cockpits for helicopter upgrade programs combining the Sagem Integrated Cockpit Display System (ICDS) with Honeywell communication, navigation and enhanced safety/surveillance systems. They are focusing on helicopter fleet upgrades and retrofit opportunities for U.S. military training, drug interdiction in Latin America, EMS, law enforcement and electronic newsgathering.