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16 to 21 October – Le Bourget, Paris, France

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Seen at Farnborough

By Paolo Valpolini

Farnborough 2016 marked the first appearance of Leonardo, the new One Company born from Finmeccanica which new name was announced last May. Prior the FIAS opening Leonardo detailed the evolution of its M-346 from AJT (Advanced Jet Trainer) into FT (Fighter Trainer).

Leonardo is proposing its M-346 in the Fighter Trainer version, which can also be used in a variety of combat and support roles. (Leonardo)
Leonardo is proposing its M-346 in the Fighter Trainer version, which can also be used in a variety of combat and support roles. (Leonardo)

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Farnborough 2016

David Oliver

A deluge that flooded exhibition halls, caused power cuts and the cancellation of the flying display hit the first day of Farnborough International Airshow 2016. It was not a good start to the United Kingdom’s aerospace shop window only days after the country voted for Brexit. With its economy under threat, there had been warning’s that the United Kingdom would suffer a backlash with contract delays, and uncertainty about the future but at Farnborough it was very much business as usual.

Airbus announced a new agreement to arm the C295W with Roketsan weapons and showed an air refueling variant. (David Oliver)
Airbus announced a new agreement to arm the C295W with Roketsan weapons and showed an air refueling variant. (David Oliver)

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The 2015 DCI Annual Report

Transferring the Know How of the French Armed Forces

is now available here DCI Annual Report 2015

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Inauguration of the UAV centre of excellence and DCI’s international academic and aeronautical training centre

French Air Force Academy and Air Base in collaboration with DCI in support.

Air Commodore Francis Pollet, commanding officer of the French Air Force Academy and Air Base 701, and Jean-Michel Palagos, Chairman and CEO of Défense Conseil International (DCI), have inaugurated in the 5th of July 2016 the UAV Centre of Excellence (CED) and DCI’s International Academic and Aeronautical Training Centre (DCI-CIFAA) at Air Base 701 in Salon-de-Provence.

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Stéphane Mayer elected as GICAT’s new Chairman

At the Annual General Assembly of 30th June 2016 held at the Ecole Militaire, Stéphane Mayer, CEO of Nexter Systems, was unanimously elected as Chairman of the Groupement des Industries Françaises de Défense et de Sécurité Terrestres et Aéroterrestres (GICAT, a trade body representing the interests of the French land and air-land defence and security industry).

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At Eurosatory 2016, the world’s largest international land defence and security exhibition, Nexter and KMW showcased their product ranges under the joint KNDS banner on just one stand.

KMW and Nexter
KMW and Nexter