On a flying visit to the Farnborough Airshow yesterday, UK Prime Minister David Cameron announced a major boost to the UK’s defense budget by pledging £1.1 billion to a package that both extends current capabilities and introduces new ones. Cameron specifically mentioned Raytheon/Bombardier Sentinel and the Beechcraft King Air-based Shadow airplanes, which were due to be withdrawn next year following the UK withdrawal from Afghanistan, but which have proved of such use that they are to be retained for at least three more years.
Last December an old, rarely used word–spoofing, –meaning to hoax or to fool others–entered worldwide aviation vocabularies virtually overnight. Simultaneously it brought a new and disturbing strategic escalation to military tactics and a potential, albeit probably lesser, threat to civil aircraft operations.
Officials from Raytheon UK and personnel from the Royal Air Force (RAF) are emphasizing the excellent performance of the Sentinel R.1 Airborne Stand-Off Radar (Astor) system over Afghanistan and Libya. They are hoping that the UK Ministry of Defence will reverse its 2010 decision to withdraw the ground surveillance system, which flies on five Bombardier Global Express business jets, after most British troops leave Afghanistan in 2014.
OVIV Security Technologies of France introduced its newest on-ground aircraft security system at NBAA 2011 in Las Vegas. Based in Merignac, OVIV says its Sentinel 280 L will enable operators to manage their own security at any business-jet-capable airport in the world.
France’s Oviv Security Technologies (Stand 1859) has announced a worldwide distribution agreement with Aerospace Products International (API) whereby the Memphis company will distribute Oviv’s Sentinel 100L on-ground aircraft security system. API will cover the Canadian, Asia Pacific and Central South American markets exclusively and the U.S., Europe and Middle East on a nonexclusive basis.
Oviv Security Technologies is demonstrating an enhanced version of its Sentinel 100L aircraft security system here at the EBACE show, with displays both inside (Stand 1859) and on the static display. The French company launched the Sentinel 100L in 2008 as a ruggedized, self-contained system secured to the landing gear that requires no retrofit or modification of the aircraft.
Oviv Security Technologies is launching a remote-control option for the Sentinel 100L security system for guarding aircraft on the ground. The new remote control unit has a user interface with a large touchscreen display, providing fast and easy access to all the Sentinel 100L’s functions.
Honeywell is at HeliExpo’09 with its Eurocopter AStar, which it uses to develop, test and demonstrate the company’s wide range of avionics for helicopters. During the convention, Steven Kilbourne, Honeywell chief pilot rotary-wing, is flying demos out of Fullerton Airport for interested customers and media representatives.
A helicopter avionics system popular with UK and other European helicopter emergency medical service (HEMS) operators is now available to pilots and operators in the U.S. Honeywell Aerospace (Booth No. 1310) announced the availability of Sentinel, an avionics system that provides critical flight-safety information.