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25 mars 2014 2 25 /03 /mars /2014 22:25
FIDAE: Airbus Expands Cooperation With Chile's ENAER



Mar. 25, 2014 - By JOSÉ HIGUERA – Defense News


SANTIAGO — Airbus Defence and Space and Chile’s Empresa Nacional Aeronautica (ENAER), the state-owned aerospace firm under Air Force administration, signed a cooperation agreement Tuesday expanding their 30-year joint business arrangement for maintenance and upgrade services.

The agreement will increase cooperation and technology transfers for maintenance of C-295, CN-235 and C-212 transport planes, as well as for upgrading of A-36T Aviojet training and light strike planes.

The agreement was signed by Antonio Rodriguez-Barberan, the head of military sales at Airbus Defence and Space, and Chilean Air Force Brig. Gen. Henry Cleveland, CEO of ENAER.

The signing took place during the opening day of the FIDAE International Aerospace Show, the main military and commercial trade aerospace show in South America, which is running here this week.

The agreement with ENAER is part of a push by Airbus Defence and Space to establish a maintenance, repair and overhaul network with preferred partners around the world.

In the case of ENAER, the arrangement will allow the Chilean firm to provide, at the start, maintenance services to operators of the C-212 from Chile as well as other South American nations.

There are about 30 C-212s in service with military operators in Argentina, Bolivia, Colombia, Chile, Ecuador, Paraguay and Venezuela.

As part of the agreement, ENAER will receive additional support for the maintenance and potential upgrade of the A-36T/C-101 Aviojet training and light strike jets of the Chilean Air Force.

The Chilean firm also maintains C-101 jets in service with the Honduran Air Force.

Rodriguez-Barberan said, “It was a great pleasure for Airbus Defence and Space to sign this cooperation agreement with ENAER, a company with which we have such close historical ties. We are today strengthening not only our cooperation with this company, but with the whole Chilean aerospace industry.”

Cleveland underlined that “this agreement will allow us in ENAER to provide maintenance services that are much needed, both in Chile and in other countries in our region.”

ENAER’s relationship with the European group started in the 1980s, when a number of C-101 jets were locally assembled for service with the Chilean Air Force. Later, the Chilean firm started manufacturing parts for the CN-235 and C-295, as well as providing maintenance services for C-212s

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25 mars 2014 2 25 /03 /mars /2014 17:40
Mi-35M military transport helicopter

Mi-35M military transport helicopter


25.03.2014 by Rostec


The company will present multirole Mi-35M military transport helicopter


Russian Helicopters, a subsidiary of Oboronprom, part of State Corporation Rostec, will showcase new models including the Mi-171A2 and Ka-32A11BC at the 18th International Air and Space Fair (FIDAE 2014) on 25-30 March in the Chilean capital Santiago. The company’s display can be found at stand D70. In collaboration with Rosoboronexport, Russian Helicopters will also present the multirole Mi-35M military transport helicopter.


“Latin America is a strategically important market for Rostec, and for Russian Helicopters in particular,” said Sergei Goreslavsky, head of Rostec’s department for international cooperation. “Today over 400 Soviet- and Russian-built helicopters operate in the region, and there are also service centres providing after-sales care for our machines. Many countries have a long tradition of purchasing Russian products. We are interested in promoting not only military helicopters but also Russian Helicopters’ commercial offering – in recent years we have achieved significant success on this front.”

Latin America is a high-growth market where Russian Helicopters has for many years sold a wide range of commercial and military helicopters. The new Mi-171A2 has been developed based on the world-famous Mi-8/17 series and drawing on its extensive operational history in various regions and climates. The helicopter makes use of the latest technologies and solutions, and also factors in feedback from potential clients and operators of Mi-8/17 series helicopters. The Mi-171A2 will be fitted with the latest power plant, a new rotor system and modern “glass cockpit” avionics suite.

The coaxial Ka-32A11BC is already well known to helicopter operators in the region. The helicopter received EASA certification in 2009, and meets FAR29 and AP-29 standards. The Ka-32A11BC can fly a range of missions and is a particularly valuable tool for fire-fighting, with more than 40 different options for fire-fighting equipment. In early 2013 the helicopter was chosen as the symbol of the Global Helicopter Firefighting Initiative (GHFI), and later that year in summer was actively deployed in Borneo to combat some of the worst wildfires in Indonesia’s history.

Russian Helicopters will also hold meetings with operators regarding the status of the Ka-62 programme and opportunities for deployment of the new helicopter, which has been created with extensive international collaboration. The helicopter is fitted with modern Ardiden 3G engines by Turbomeca, which meat the highest environmental and fuel-efficiency standards.

In its more than 35-year history, FIDAE has developed a reputation as the most important aerospace and defence exhibition in South America. Every year it brings together leading companies from commercial aviation, the defence sector and aircraft service industries, aerospace developers and the space industry.


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25 mars 2014 2 25 /03 /mars /2014 13:25
AS532 AL SAR Naval - photo Airbus HC

AS532 AL SAR Naval - photo Airbus HC


21 March 2014 Airbus Helicopters


For the first time in Latin America under its new branding, Airbus Helicopters will display its efficient and adapted product line-up at next week’s FIDAE International Air and Space Fair, featuring rotorcraft flown by a cross-section of Latin American operators to underscore the company’s leadership in this portion of the world.


Maintaining an overall 40 percent market share in Latin America during the past five years with a deployed fleet of more than 1,350 rotorcraft across the region, Airbus Helicopters has developed a diversified customer base, as well as a strong industrial presence – with 1,200 employees assigned to its subsidiaries in Brazil, Chile and Mexico for production, maintenance and support.


Airbus Helicopters’ 12 different rotorcraft types position the company as the only manufacturer covering Latin America’s full operational requirements, from lightweight to heavy-lift; with designed-in performance for duties in the region’s unique conditions, from jungle and hot environments to high altitudes in the Andes.


The product line’s versatility and efficiency is underscored by Airbus Helicopters’ Ecureuil family: more than 600 are in service across the region, having logged over 130,000 flight hours in missions that include passenger transport, mining support, power line maintenance, fire-fighting and the transportation of external loads.


Exhibited at FIDAE will be a utility-configured single-engine AS350 B3 Ecureuil from a Chile based aerial services operator that specializes in mining and energy, construction, civil work, extreme sports, tourism and filming.


Other lightweight helicopters on display at FIDAE are the EC120 and the EC130 T2 – the latter being the first of this type to arrive in the South Cone. Retaining the EC130 helicopter’s external lines, this latest Ecureuil family member benefits from Airbus Helicopters’ continued investment in its products – with approximately 70 percent of the EC130 T2’s airframe structure modified. New features include a more powerful Arriel 2D turboshaft engine and upgraded main gearbox; along with a cabin interior structure redesign and a cockpit update for enhanced man-machine interface.


The EC145, also showcased at FIDAE, is one of the most popular light twin-engine helicopter models, and is relied on around the globe for public security and disaster relief missions. With more than 500 delivered to date, this helicopter serves in the police fleets of 26 countries worldwide. Powerful, versatile and perfectly suited to the region’s terrain, the EC145 has become a reference for public services missions in Latin America, where it is being operated by the public services of Argentina, Brazil, Mexico – and more recently Bolivia and Peru, with recent purchases for four and five aircraft, respectively.


The Dauphin family’s EC155 B1 arrives in the region to set new standards for private aviation in terms of style and comfort. Presenting the biggest cabin in its class, the EC155 B1 offers a unique combination of elegance, comfort, silence and speed and, it is well position for the growing trend among private operators for large-cabin helicopters. High-end options include soft leather club seats, power sources for laptops, adjustable reading lights, cabin air conditioning, as well as satellite communications and in-flight entertainment for an exclusive flight experience.


Completing Airbus Helicopters’ flight-line presence at FIDAE is the latest Cougar family member: the AS532 ALe version of the workhorse Super Puma family that incorporates the EC225 version’s glass cockpit and four-axis autopilot. Of the 870 Super Puma/Cougar helicopters delivered to date, more than 100 are in service in Latin America, with 60 others on order. Most of the continent’s armed forces are operating this family for a wide variety of missions that range from assault and combat to special operations, tactical transport, SAR, medical evacuation and the transport of high-ranking officials.


The Cougar family is present in Argentina, Bolivia, Ecuador, Brazil, Chile, Mexico and Venezuela – with Airbus Helicopters’ Helibras subsidiary in Brazil producing the EC725 version for the Brazilian Armed Forces.


Airbus Helicopters’ participation in this year’s FIDAE is the company’s first at the biennial show in its new branding, underscoring its commitment toward customer satisfaction, quality, safety and competitiveness.


About Airbus Helicopters

Airbus Helicopters, formerly Eurocopter, is a division of Airbus Group, a global pioneer in aerospace and defense related services. Airbus Helicopters is the world’s No. 1 helicopter manufacturer and employs more than 23,000 people worldwide. With over 40% market share in civil and parapublic sectors, the company’s fleet in service includes some 12,000 helicopters operated by more than 3,000 customers in approximately 150 countries. Airbus Helicopters’ international presence is marked by its subsidiaries and participations in 21 countries, and its worldwide network of service centers, training facilities, distributors and certified agents. Airbus Helicopters’ range of civil and military helicopters is the world’s largest; its aircraft account for one third of the worldwide civil and parapublic fleet. The company’s chief priority is to ensure the safe operation of its aircraft for the thousands of people who fly more than 3 million hours per year.

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25 mars 2014 2 25 /03 /mars /2014 11:25
Sukhoi Su-35S (Su-35BM) multirole fighter

Sukhoi Su-35S (Su-35BM) multirole fighter


25.03.2014 Rostec


Negotiations on a number of potential projects will take place during the FIDAE-2014 exhibition

The company Rosoboronexport plans to increase the presence of Russian military equipment in Latin America. During FIDAE-2014, the company will discuss cooperation with representatives of the armed forces of Argentina, Brazil, Columbia, Peru, Uruguay, Chile, and other countries in the region.


FIDAE-2014, the international exhibition of military and aerospace engineering, will take place in Santiago from March 25-30, 2014. There Rosoboronexport plans to increase its contacts with Chilean partners and continue developing a productive dialogue with Latin American countries concerning topics such as industrial cooperation.

“Russia’s presence in the Latin American market will only expand. We work with practically every country in the region, and we expect that the FIDAE-2014 exhibition will open a phase of cooperation with many countries, particularly with Chile,” noted Sergei Ladygin, Deputy CEO of Rosoboronexport, who is leading the company’s delegation to the exhibition. “Some time ago we conducted rather productive talks with Chilean partners about helicopters, but then this work began to lag. We hope that while in Santiago we can resume these kinds of negotiations, as well as discussing a number of other potential projects.”

The Rosoboronexport delegation will hold a series of talks with senior members of the armed forces of Argentina, Brazil, Columbia, Peru, Uruguay, Chile, and other countries in the region.

Rosoboronexport’s schedule of joint activities includes talks with several Brazilian companies on technological cooperation, such as with the company Atlas Taxi Aero, which already actively uses the multipurpose Mi-171A1 helicopter, and the large industrial company IAS (Indústria de Aviação e Serviçios).

Foreign experts are expected to show particular interest in the combat training Yak-130 aircraft, the Mi-17 military transport helicopter, the Mi-28N military helicopter, the Su-35 multipurpose fighter jet, and the Il-76MD-90A military transport aircraft. Questions about aftermarket services and the development of service centers in the region are also expected to be discussed. Major Russian air defense systems, such as the Pantsir-S1, Buk-M2E, Tor-M2E, and Igla-S, are also expected to have great potential.

“Naturally, the Latin American market is traditionally thought of as the purview of Western European and American manufacturers. However, we offer not only military hardware and weapons that are ahead of competitors in terms of cost-effectiveness, but also technological cooperation projects. Gradually, as a result of systematic and phased work based on the principles of mutual benefit and transparency, we have been able to strengthen our position in the region,” noted Sergei Ladygin.

Russia has been a traditional participant in the FIDAE exhibition since 1994, presenting many times over the skies of Santiago the country’s best products, including Su and MiG fighter planes. In 2002, a group of Chilean parliamentarians at the exhibition familiarized themselves with the Mi-17 helicopter during a demonstration flight. Such demonstration flights were also held for the K-32 helicopter in 2008 and for the unique Be-200 amphibious aircraft in 2010.

Rosoboronexport is the only state organization in Russia authorized to export the entire spectrum of military and civilian products, services, and technologies. Part of the state corporation Rostec, Rosoboronexport is one of the leaders in the world arms market. The company accounts for over 80% of Russia’s exports of weapons and military equipment. Rosoboronexport cooperates with more than 700 enterprises and organizations of Russia’s military-industrial complex. The geography of Russia’s military-technical cooperation spans more than 70 countries.

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22 mars 2014 6 22 /03 /mars /2014 12:25
Thales at FIDAE 2014


20/03/2014 Thales

Thales, a global technology leader in the Aerospace, Transportation and Defence & Security markets, will present its latest products and technologies at the 2014 edition of FIDAE (Feria Internacional del Aire y del Espacio) on March 25-30 in Santiago, Chile. Organised every two years for over 35 years with the support of the Chilean government, FIDAE is one of the key events for defence, aerospace and security professionals in Latin America.


Thales has been operating in Chile since 1968, mainly serving the air traffic control market, armed forces (air, land and naval), the civil aviation authority, the finance industry, the urban rail transport sector and also providing avionics equipment and service activities. With over 40 years of history in Latin America, Thales has continuously expanded its operations and has strengthened its presence in the region through a number of significant local partnerships. Thales employs about 650 people in the region and serves the aerospace, defence, security transportation and space markets.


At FIDAE 2014, Thales will present a broad range of equipment and solutions in the following areas:

Advanced air defence: Thales is leading the way for air defence solutions and is able to deliver a fully integrated air defence capability, from radars and C2 centres through to effectors and their respective fire control systems. Thales’s Advanced Air Defence offering is an integrated set of solutions designed to ensure timely decision-making and effective responses for the protection of military forces, key assets, nations and citizens around the globe. Thales and ThalesRaytheonSystems have developed, manufactured and supported best-in-class air defence systems for customers worldwide for more than 40 years. Over 300 air defence radars have been sold to 26 countries. Thales is also the world's leading supplier of integrated weapon systems, with more than 450 mobile, integrated systems in service with customers throughout the world. Its solutions include the STARStreak system, integrated on a wide range of armoured vehicle platforms. Thales’s innovations in open systems architecture are behind the development of the RAPID range of mobile integrated weapon systems, which combine sophisticated sensors, fire control software, latest-generation human-machine interfaces and a wide range of weapons, including missiles, guns and directed-energy weapons.


Communications: Thales offers a broad array of communication products and solutions to provide the armed forces with the information superiority and network-centric capabilities they need. Thales offers interoperable systems and a complete range of tactical radios for all levels of command, from C2 centres to infantry in the field and for land, air and naval platforms, to meet the requirements for air-to-air, ground-to-air and surface-to-air communications. The armed forces of more than 50 countries around the world are equipped with Thales communication solutions.


Optronics: Thales is a pioneer in optronic equipment and systems, with thousands of products in service in more than 60 countries. Working closely with its partners and end users, Thales draws on a range of advanced optronics technologies to develop imaging and image processing solutions, tailored to the precise requirements of each customer.


Air Traffic Management: Today, Thales ranks as the leading global provider of Air Traffic Management (ATM) solutions. Thales’s mission is to contribute to the future prosperity of the civil aerospace sector by providing equipment, systems and services - both in the air and on the ground - to support air traffic controllers, airports and civil aviation authorities in meeting the challenges of growth, safety, economic and environmental performance, security and passenger comfort.


High-Resolution Observation Satellites: Thales Alenia Space is the European leader in high-resolution optical and radar (sub-metric) payloads for military, civil or dual-use missions: intelligence gathering, target designation, meteorology, oceanography, climatology, mapping and crisis management. The world leader in space altimetry, Thales Alenia Space has been the exclusive supplier for the last 30 years of all high- and very-high-resolution optical instruments on French intelligence satellites, as well as for Italy with the dual-use COSMO-SkyMed constellation.


Thales’s training solutions: Thales is a major training services provider serving an international customer base in the military domain as well as in the civil helicopter area. Thales works with its customers to analyse their requirements in full, and developed thorough understanding of them. Thales can design the solution that meets their operational and financial needs precisely. Thales then implements the training solution and relevant infrastructure, getting the customer’s unique training underway. Depending on the requirements, Thales’s solutions include a full range of equipment, systems and infrastructure, from basic to advanced, from standalone missions to collective operations, and for all platforms, across all domains.

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21 mars 2014 5 21 /03 /mars /2014 12:25
Airbus Group highlights commitment to Latin America at FIDAE


Santiago de Chile,  20 March 2014 Airbus Group


  • Airbus Group showcases its cutting-edge products and technology at the show
  • First Latin American show where Airbus, Airbus Defence and Space and Airbus Helicopters participate under the new brand name

Airbus Group will have a major presence at the 18th edition of the FIDAE air show from the 25-30 March 2014 at Arturo Merino Benitez Airport. The Group, which is taking part in the show for the first time under its new name, will feature its three Divisions: Airbus, Airbus Defence and Space and Airbus Helicopters (Chalets D4-D8).

“FIDAE is the biggest and longest-running air show in Latin America and a key event for the Airbus Group. Furthermore, we now have the opportunity to present our new brand and organisation to our customers and audiences in Latin America,” said Jean-Pierre Talamoni, Corporate Vice President of International at Airbus Group.

With more than 1,400 employees located at 17 sites across seven countries (Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, El Salvador, Mexico and Peru), Latin America is a region where Airbus Group continues to expand its presence, generating revenues in 2013 of about $5 billion. According to Jean-Pierre Talamoni, “The Group has always aimed to be a partner of choice here, and our four decades of experience in the market reinforce this position by delivering key solutions to our customers’ needs.”

Latin America is one of the Group’s longest standing markets and sourcing partners, with an order backlog of about $60 billion. Agreements with some of the region’s leading universities and research centres also help making Latin America a research and skills partner for Airbus Group.


Airbus Group

Airbus Group is a global leader in aerospace, defence and related services. In 2013, the Group – comprising Airbus, Airbus Defence and Space and Airbus Helicopters – generated revenues of € 59.3 billion and employed a workforce of around 144,000.

(The legal name change from European Aeronautic Defence and Space Company EADS N.V. (“EADS N.V.”) to Airbus Group N.V. is subject to the approval of the Annual General Meeting.)

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