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issue No 12,
EPTEMBER 2018
 
  Published by Dar Assayad Arab Defence Journal
Highlights   المعلوماتية العسكرية تكنولوجيا الدفاع حول العالم العالم العربي تحديث السلاح الافتتاحية رسالة الناشر
AEROSPACE SHOWCASE
Every two years the aerospace and defence sector comes together at the Farnborough International air show in the UK with exhibitors and visitors from all over the world. This show includes representative companies from the complete industry supply chain, extending into design and technology showcase organisations, and with products ranging from small business aircraft and regional jets, to wide-body jetliners and military aircraft, missiles and systems. In recent years the huge airline orders placed during the show trade days has tended to dominate media coverage at Farnborough, but with around 12,000 large civil aircraft now in the sales backlog, awaiting construction and delivery, there is little all-new civil aircraft programme news, and attention has moved towards new developments in engine technology and the future sustainment of military aircraft programmes.

The UK has been a leading global supplier of military aircraft, missiles and air systems for decades,with fighters including the Tornado, Harrier, Hawk and Typhoon supporting UK military exports, and today these types remain in service, led by the Advanced Hawk andthe Typhoon, both of which have seen continuous performance upgrades over the years, and which are still highly competitive globally. The Typhoon is now operating in the Middle East, in service or on order for Saudi Arabia, Oman andKuwait. Major Typhoon upgrades are underway, which will see a significant improvement in the lethality of the aircraft in a multi-role configuration as a new synthetic aperture multi-mission radar is fitted, and which will allow simultaneous interception of multiple air targets. The latest aircraft for Oman will have these upgraded features, and the Saudi Typhoons will also be upgraded in due course. The future UK mix of F-35 combat aircraft, which have been developed by the US in conjunction with the UK as the only Tier 1 Partner, currently consists of 48 F-35B aircraft, delivered and on order, which are all VTOL configured so they can operate off the Royal Navy"s two new super-carriers, but it is possible that the RAF may decide to switch more of the 90 remaining future deliveries to the conventional F-35A model, which has more range and is less expensive to buy. The first RAF operational squadron of F-35Bs has now moved into its main UK base. The Farnborough International air show might see some announcements relating to new UK purchases of military aircraft, and there is speculation that orders for the F-35 might be reduced and more Typhoons ordered instead.
The Farnborough show is expected to provide more information on a number of new combat programmes. BAE Systems is working in partnership with Turkey on that country"s TF-X fifth generation fighter.. This plan is likely to be unacceptable to the US government. The UK and France signed an agreement in 2016, which was renewed earlier this year, for BAE Systems and Dassault to work together on a feasibility study for an unmanned future air system, exploiting the experience gained in building the Taranis and Neuron demonstrator aircraft. The next phase is designed to see another jointly-produced demonstrator aircraft undertake flight trials in the early 2020s, leading to a new programme which will help sustain design and integration expertise as development work on Typhoon and Rafale runs down later in the decade. However, despite this agreement, Dassault and Airbus Defence and Space have more recently agreed to co-operate on the joint study of a possible all-new combat aircraft to eventually replace France"s Rafales and Germany"s Typhoons.
The space sector is an increasingly important element in future defence planning. The UK is determined to increaseits military involvement in space platforms where it has an important satellite design and manufacturing capability and is actively considering expanding its own satellite and launcher options. UK secure "high end" military satellites already provide essential NATO communications services on a global basis, and new UK Government support includes the building of a new UK spaceport where re-usable satellite launch vehicles could be based. The UK company Reaction Engines, which is developing a hybrid jet/rocket powerplantfor a fully re-usable spaceplane, the Skylon, is attracting global interest and is now supported by BAE Systems and Boeing as well as the UK government.
 
 
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