#PAS17 Day 1
With a selection of state-of-the-art products and innovative services, such as training aircraft, multi-role helicopters, drones, avionics and Space technologies, Leonardo is present today, for the first time with its new brand, at the 52nd edition of the International Paris Air Show, currently underway until Sunday 25 June.
Numerous delegations have visited the Leonardo chalet and static area on this first day. In particular, Leonardo CEO Alessandro Profumo and Chairman Gianni De Gennaro welcomed the delegation comprising the Italian Minister of Defence, Roberta Pinotti; the Secretary General of Defence and National Director of Armaments, Carlo Magrassi; and the Chief of Staff of the Italian Air Force, Enzo Vecciarelli, who were able to appreciate the most advanced technological solutions presented by Leonardo.
The Company’s top management also welcomed Ambassador Claudio Bisogniero, Permanent Representative of Italy to NATO and the Chairman of the Senate Industry Commission of the Republic of Italy, Massimo Mucchetti.
Other delegations included: the European Commissioner for Economic and Financial Affairs, Taxation and Customs, Pierre Moscovici; the Turkish Minister of National Defence, Fikri Işık; the Japanese Vice Minister for Defence, Kenji Wakamiya; the Singaporean Minister of Education (Higher Education and Skills) and Second Minister for Defence, Ong Ye Kung; and the Commander in Chief of the Algerian Air Force and the National Army, Abdelkader Lounes. The static area was also visited by U.S. Senator for Alabama, Richard Shelby; the Governor of Alabama, Kay Ivey; and Lt. Gen. Arnold W. Bunch, Military Deputy, Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition.
On the day prior to the inauguration of the Air Show, Leonardo presented to the media the technical capabilities and special features of the M-345 trainer and the new Fighter Attack version of the M-346 during dedicated press briefings. Leonardo, in fact, chose the Paris Air Show at Le Bourget for the official debut of the new M-345 trainer. The Italian Air Force has already ordered a first batch of five new M-345 and the first delivery is expected by 2019. The M-346FA (Fighter Attack), meanwhile, is a further evolution of an aircraft family concept designed to respond rapidly to different Air Forces’ requirements.
Among the most important events of the first day at the Air Show was the media presentation of the T-100, Leonardo DRS’s proposal for the U.S. Air Force’s T-X program, the biggest tender in history for trainer aircraft. The T-100 is based on the M-346 and, for the U.S. tender, will be produced in the State of Alabama, in the United States.
On the opening day, Leonardo announced the signing of major contracts. Lease Corporation International (LCI), the Libra Group’s aviation division, will increase its helicopter fleet with an additional 9 units of the family of new generation AgustaWestland helicopters: the AW139, AW169 and AW189. The contract has a value in excess of US$120 million.
In the Space sector, e-GEOS (a joint venture between Telespazio and the Italian Space Agency) and U.S.-based company Orbital Insight signed an agreement to supply revolutionary satellite services made possible by the convergence of Space technologies and Big Data analytics.