15 Nov 2013 - Finmeccanica takes part in Dubai Airshow 2013
Finmeccanica, through its companies Alenia Aermacchi, AgustaWestland and Selex ES, is taking part in the Dubai Airshow which is held from 17 to 21 November.
The United Arab Emirates is a strategic commercial partner for Finmeccanica which has an almost 40-years presence in the region through its operating companies. In October 2007, Finmeccanica opened a representative office in Abu Dhabi to enhance the coordination and promotion of its business activities in the Gulf. Presently in the UAE, Finmeccanica is developing local collaborations, industrial partnerships and even tailored high education courses in partnership with Italian Universities, with the aim to fully support the UAE vision, and future challenging programs. Finmeccanica companies and joint ventures are working to satisfy the high operative and technical expectations of partners with the aim not only to sell products or systems, but also to produce components in partnership with local companies and to carry out support, overhaul, maintenance and assistance activities with them, especially in the aeronautics sector.
Moreover, considering the increasing of the company’s commercial activities and partnerships in the UAE and the number of resident managers and technicians working permanently in the country, Finmeccanica's Middle East Office in Abu Dhabi has been relocated to a new bigger premises located in West Corniche. This new office will allow a better coordination among the Group’s companies and local partners.
On display in the Finmeccanica stand and in the static area at th Dubai Airshow are some products of the Group’s companies.
In particular, Alenia Aermacchi is displaying the multi-mission MC-27J aircraft (static area), developed in partnership with ATK. For the MC-27J, Alenia Aermacchi and ATK have adopted a modular approach maximising the use of mission-pallet kits (Roll-On/Roll-Off equipment), for both systems and armaments. The MC-27J is an adaptable, agile, and affordable solution for the various airborne multi-mission requirements of the air forces and special forces. The MC-27J is not just a gunship, but a battlefield-tested platform equipped with proven sensors/communications/weapons suite able to execute a wide range of customer-driven missions. On display in the Finmeccanica stand is also the M-346 advanced jet trainer selected by the UAE Air Force in 2009 and the new M-345 HET (High Efficiency Trainer), the most recent solution proposed by Alenia Aermacchi for the basic-advanced phase of training syllabus for military pilots.
AgustaWestland will be showcasing two mock-ups of the AW169 and AW189, through which it sees significant future business opportunities in the region. The two models belong to AgustaWestland’s Family of new generation helicopters together with the already proven AW139. The three models have proved to be of significant success in the Middle East, with almost 150 helicopters in service or on order by major operators. The AgustaWestland range of helicopters, which have outstanding performance in hot and high environmental conditions and feature the latest technology, are ideally suited to meet both commercial and government requirements in the area. AgustaWestland has more than 210 new generation helicopters on order in the area serving a number of customers, and provides comprehensive support and training services to cover regional requirements. In the static area, AgustaWestland will display an AW189 that is becoming the new reference helicopter for the Oil & Gas market for offshore transportation, with more than 70 orders placed in less than two years. The helicopter will have the livery of a Qatari company which is the launch customer in the Gulf Area. Also on display will be the versatile 4-tonnes AW169, in Law Enforcement / EMS (Emergency Medical Service) configuration, a new multi-role and high performance advanced last generation helicopter.
Selex ES’s proven electronic capabilities will be on display as part of the P.1HH Hammerhead (static area), a new state-of-the-art Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) designed for Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) missions and developed by Piaggio Aero in partnership with Selex ES. As a major part of the Eurofighter Typhoon programme, Selex ES will also be supporting the aircraft’s campaign activity at the show. The company contributes with more than 65% to the Typhoon's mission-critical systems, avionics and sensors. Selex ES has a strong presence in the UAE, providing the Armed Forces with integrated naval systems (with particular involvement in the Baynunah, Abu Dhabi Class ASW, Falaj 2, and Ghannatha programmes) and military equipment.