#PAS 17 Day 2
On the second day of the Paris Air Show, many international delegations visited the Leonardo exhibition area. In particular, His Highness the Aga Khan was welcomed by Leonardo’s CEO, Alessandro Profumo.
Leonardo also hosted the Minister of National Defence of the Hellenic Republic, Panos Kammenos; the Assistant Secretary General for NATO Defence Investment, Camille Grand; the European Commissioner responsible for the Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs, Elżbieta Bieńkowska; and the Director of Aerospace, Maritime, Security and Defence Industries at the European Commission, Philippe Brunet.
The Deputy Chief of the Malaysian Air Force, Lieutenant General Datò Sri Ackbal Bin Haji Abdul Samad, also visited Leonardo’s exhibition area, as well as other military and civil delegations from several countries including Angola, Nigeria, Singapore, Canada, Lithuania, Israel and Japan.
Italian institutional representatives also visited the stand, including the President of the Lombardy Region, Roberto Maroni, and the President of the IV Defence Commission of the Italian Chamber of Deputies, Francesco Saverio Garofani.
Among the most important events of the day was the signing ceremony with Sino-US Intercontinental Helicopter Investment (Shanghai) Co., Ltd. that ordered 17 helicopters comprising two AW119Kx, ten AW109 Trekkers and five AW139s, with deliveries starting later this year. The order is valued in excess of €100 million. Leonardo also renewed the distribution agreement with the Company that foresees the purchase of additional helicopters over the next three years and makes Sino-US Intercontinental the exclusive distributor of Leonardo for the Chinese civil, commercial and offshore helicopter market (including the areas of Hong Kong and Macao).
Finally, at the Leonardo chalet, a press briefing was held on remotely piloted air systems. The journalists were given a presentation on Leonardo’s technologies and capabilities in the UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle) sector, in the fields of both fixed-wing and rotary-wing aircraft. In this area of activity, Leonardo announced today at the Air Show that it has partnered with certified air operator Heli Protection Europe to offer surveillance and reconnaissance services via the operation of remotely piloted air vehicles (RPAS) to civil customers such as police and emergency responders. The types of missions range from firefighting, environmental monitoring, migration flows, humanitarian relief and border control.