The biennial IDEX International Defence Exhibition and Conference in Abu Dhabi is ideally placed to attract the world’s defense contractors keen to market the latest military technology to the dynamic Middle Eastern and Asian defense markets.
Dubai Air Show » November 22, 2005
The Diamond DA42 MPP (multi-purpose platform) fitted with an UOMZ sensor pod attracted considerable interest when it was displayed at the Paris Air Show. Present studies could lead to the aircraft being offered as an optionally piloted or unmanned aerial vehicle, a development that could be available in about three year’s time.
Goodrich Corp. has won a contract to supply wheels and brakes for Etihad Airways’ fleet of new Boeing 777-300ERs. Abu-Dhabi-based Etihad, which bills itself as the national carrier of the United Arab Emirates, placed an order for five of the airplanes late last year. It plans to take the first airplane on January 6.
As part of the United Arab Emirates’ general technology drive, and in line with its move to netcentric warfare operations, a Space Reconnaissance Center has been established to receive and disseminate reconnaissance data from satellites. It is also being developed to handle downlinked information from other platforms, such as UAVs, aerostats and manned aircraft.
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has certified BAE Systems’ Matador infrared countermeasures (IRCM) missile jamming system as an approved product for national defense. The approval comes under the DHS’ Support Anti-terrorism by Fostering Effective Technologies (Safety) Act, passed by Congress in 2002.
Emirates-CAE Flight Training is reaping the benefits of the spate of new aircraft orders from Middle East and Indian airlines, announcing several major contracts at Dubai 2005.
Abu Dhabi-based business aircraft operator Royal Jet yesterday signed up as an operator for Bombardier’s Skyjet International fixed-rate charter service. Customers will have access to Royal Jet’s newly delivered Challenger 300 business jet and to the rest of its fleet if it is not available. In the future, any new a Bombardier business aircraft added to Royal Jet’s fleet will become part of Skyjet.
Recognized as a specialist for performing D-checks and modifications on all Boeing 747 models and several other civil airliners, Alsalam Aircraft is steadily expanding its penetration of world maintenance repair and overhaul (MRO) markets.
A new two-seat helicopter powered by a twin-pack engine is being shown for the first time on Stand W903. Although roughly the size of a Robinson R22, the Swisscopter is notable for its innovative propulsion system that provides a level of safety unusual in this class of helicopter.
About one jetliner in 10 sits in storage, awaiting either permanent retirement or a change in economic or competitive conditions that warrants a return to service. Despite the airline market’s recovery in the past 12 to 18 months, the number of inactive aircraft has stayed essentially stable since soon after the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the U.S. just over four years ago.