BAE combat jets to debut at Bahrain air show
Manama, January 17, 2010
BAE Systems’ unmanned air systems and the world's most advanced multi-role/swing role combat aircraft, Eurofighter Typhoon will be on display at the inaugural Bahrain International Air Show which runs from January 21 to 23.
As the premier global defence, security and aerospace company, BAE Systems is well known for its leading fighter aircraft and is now leading the way in the UK’s unmanned autonomous air capability.
Visitors to the airshow will be able to get a taste of BAE's innovative technology in the form of Mantis and Herti. Through the Royal Bahraini Air Force and the Bahrain Defence Force, BAE Systems’ Hawk and Avro RJ100 in VIP configuration will also be represented.
“As one of the first companies to sign up, BAE Systems is delighted to be participating in the inaugural Bahrain International Airshow, particularly as the VIP nature will make it different to other air shows,“ commented Simon Keith, managing director - Middle East, Africa & Asia Pacific for BAE Systems.
“Bahrain is an important market for us and we have a strong relationship with both Royal Bahraini Air Force with the Hawk Trainer and the Bahrain Defence Force and their Avro RJ aircraft. We are looking forward to forging stronger bonds with Bahrain and to fully supporting them in protecting the nation and its people,” he added.
According to Keith, Mantis and Herti are next-generation autonomous air systems, with emphasis placed on the levels of autonomy designed into the system and the concept of operations developed for effective deployment and operation.
Mantis, the UK’S largest fully autonomous unmanned aircraft, completed its maiden flight in Woomera, South Australia in Autumn 2009 and, during subsequent flights it successfully completed a series of trials demonstrating the capability of the system and the potential of large unmanned systems to support future UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) operational needs.
The Mantis programme is jointly funded by UK MoD and UK Industry, Keith noted.
With its ability to take off, complete a full mission and land – all at the click of a computer mouse – Herti has been designed to meet a wide variety of operational needs, both cost effectively and with extremely high levels of reliability while removing the need for an operator or pilot to control the aircraft from the ground.
When coupled with BAE Systems’ Imagery Collection & Exploitation (ICE) system, the aircraft offers real potential in the fields of maritime, coastline, border and military surveillance as well as showing broader potential for areas such as pipeline, plant and infrastructure surveillance, and insurgent detection.
Eurofighter Typhoon, Europe’s newest high-performance multi-role fighter, is capable of deployment in a wide range of roles, including air policing, air defence as well as ground attack.
The Typhoon is a multi-role/swing-role combat aircraft that is in service with the four partner nations of Germany, Italy, Spain and the UK as well as export customers, Austria and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Keith added.
BAE Systems delivers a full range of products and services for air, land and naval forces, as well as advanced electronics, security, information technology solutions and customer support services.-TradeArabia News Service