Military Aviation 
Pictures: Serge Van Heertum & Bruno Ghils

The military at Paris: The Chino-Pakistan première

What should we take into account for the military regarding this 51st edition ? First of all, the massive presence of the United States' Department of Defence (DoD) with a dozen of aircraft, including the Boeing P8 'Poseidon', the F-15E and F-16C/D, the old but proven Fairchild A-10 who is again deployed in Europe in response of the tensions with Russia or the participation in combat against the Islamic State. The A-10 could go through a substantial modernization and it is not ruled out it could be put up for export. Notheworthy was the presence of a UH-72 Lakota, in fact an Eurocopter EC145 produced by the North-American branch office of EADS. The UH-72A Lakota is a light utility helicopter specifically designed to meet the requirements of the US Army. UH-72A Lakota helicopters were acquired to replace the UH-1H Iroquois and OH-58 A/C Kiowa helicopters. Based on the EC 145 multirole helicopter, the UH-72A serves the army principally for logistical and support missions within the US. It is also used by the Army National Guard for homeland security and disaster response missions and medical evacuations. The prime contractor for the UH-72A helicopter is EADS North America (now Airbus Group). Airbus Helicopters, a subsidiary of Airbus Group, is involved in managing production, assembly, delivery and training for the army. Airbus Group handed over 330 UH-72A Lakota helicopters to the US Army, US Navy and National Guard as of March 2015. To date, the US Department of Defence ordered 411 Lakotas.

Turkey was present with its new combat helicopter T-129 Atak and a drone, the TAI Anka. In addition, the Turkish armament manufacturer Roketsan presented its products in a booth as well as on the T-129. The Turkish aeronautical industry is still growing and can certainly become a potential industrial partner in the future.
The T-129 is an international version of the Agusta A.129 developed for the Turkish Armed Forces, by Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) with technology transfer and holder of all the rights regarding the intellectual property. Longer than the A.129, the T-129 uses the new Rolls-Royce/Honeywell LHTEC T800 turbine-engine, developed initally for the armed reconnaissance helicopter program RAH-66 Comanche. The first prototype (out of 5) flew for the first time on September 28, 2009. Besides Turkey, the T-129 is also in use in Pakistan and Azebaidjan.

The TAI Anka (Phoenix) is a family of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) developed by Turkish Aerospace Industries for the requirements of the Turkish Armed Forces. Basic Anka-A is classified as a Medium Altitude Long Endurance (MALE) UAV. Envisioned in the early 2000's for tactical surveillance and reconnaissance missions, the Anka progressed towards the integration of a Synthetic Aperture Radar and combat systems.
On 19 July 2012, the Turkish Defense Industry Executive Committee (SSIK) announced that Turkish Aerospace Industries had commenced research and development for the design and development of a "hunter killer", the High Altitude Long Endurance version of the ANKA UAV named the Anka +A. It is planned that the Anka +A will be able to carry Cirit missiles of manufacturer Roketsan. The engines of the Anka +A UCAV has not yet been determined. It may have more powerful turbo engines or it could have a gas turbine engine. The weight of the Anka +A UCAV will be more than 4 tons compared to Anka UAV's 1.5 tons.

The prototype S2R-660 ARCHANGEL of manufacturer IOMAX made its first public appearance at Paris. The IOMAX Archangel Block 3 Border Patrol Aircraft (BPA) prototype recently had its maiden flight. Built around the Thrush S2R-660 (also designated the 710) crop sprayer, the Archangel is the latest iteration of IOMAX's Block 1 and Block 2 AT-802 turboprop that is currently fielded by the UAE and Jordan.

Beech Textron Aviation presented a model of the AT-6 as a Light Attack version of the trainer aircraft. Also present, sadly only in the static area, was the Textron AirLand Scorpion, which was put forward by the manufacturer as a "cheap" aircraft as the price would be less than 20 million dollars with a flight hour cost of around 3.000 dollars. This aircraft is to the opposite of the actual western fighter aircraft, which try to be polyvalent and in line with the latest technologies, where as the Scorpion comes as a simple aircraft, with modest performances but well adapted to the various classical missions of a fighter plane. The positioning of this plane on the market is quite audacious as Textron would like to compete with light attack aircraft such as the Super Tucano or even more to replace the T-38 as a trainer aircraft for the United States Air Force. American trainees flew the airplane in May 2005 for a dozen of testflights. It will be a tremendous task as the Scorpion will be opposed to the M-346 of Alenia Aermacchi, to the Bae Hawk, the KAI T-50 but also to the new aircraft put forward by Boeing. 

Airbus Helicopter was, of course, at Paris with a dynamic presentation of the NH-90 Caiman but also with the modernized version the H225M. The H225M "Caracal" is a new generation multirole transport helicopter, the most modern of its kind, capable of transporting 28 soldiers at a speed of 275 km/h. The biggest assets are its payload, its armament and its exceptional auto-pilot. Recently put into service within the French Army, it served in Afghanistan and Africa and the latest achievement of this resolutely polyvalent machine already seduced Malaysia, Brazil, Indonesia, Thailand, Mexico and Poland is showing interest too. To date, more than 60 "Caracal" helicopters are serving throughout the world.

Boeing P-8A "Poseidon"  (Serge Van Heertum) (Serge Van Heertum)
(Bruno Ghils) Boeing AH-64 "Apache"  (Serge Van Heertum)
Lockheed Martin F-16C  (Serge Van Heertum) Lockheed Martin F-16D  (Serge Van Heertum)
Fairchild A-10A Thunderbolt II  (Serge Van Heertum) Boeing F-15E "Strike Eagle"  (Serge Van Heertum)
Boeing CH-47F "Chinook"  (Serge Van Heertum) Eurocopter UH-72 "Lakota"  (Serge Van Heertum)
Sierra Nevada RQ-7 "Shadow" on his launch pad  (Serge Van Heertum) (Serge Van Heertum)
Lockheed WC-130J "Hercules" weather recce  (Serge Van Heertum)
TAI T-129 ATAK  (Serge Van Heertum) The local Turkish armament on the T-129  (Serge Van Heertum)
(Serge Van Heertum) TAI Anka drone  (Serge Van Heertum)

Turkish armament productions  (Serge Van Heertum)

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Textron AirLand - Cessna E530 Scorpion Jet  (Bruno Ghils) (Serge Van Heertum)
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Textron AT-6 light attack version  (Serge Van Heertum) (Bruno Ghils)
Chengdu JF-17 "Thunder"  (Bruno Ghils)
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The armament possibilities...  (Serge Van Heertum)
IOMAX S2R-660 "Archangel"  (Serge Van Heertum) (Serge Van Heertum)
RUAG Aviation AS332 "Super Puma"  (Serge Van Heertum) Antonov An-178  (Serge Van Heertum)
Airbus Group C295 MPA  (Serge Van Heertum) Airbus Group H225M "Caracal"  (Serge Van Heertum)
Airbus A400M "Atlas"  (Bruno Ghils) Airbus Helicopter NH-90 "Caiman"  (Serge Van Heertum)
Airbus Helicopter NH-90 "Caiman" French Navy  (Serge Van Heertum) (Serge Van Heertum)
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Eurocopter EC665 "Tigre"  (Serge Van Heertum)

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Rafale Marine  (Serge Van Heertum) AM39 Exocet equipped  (Bruno Ghils)
Rafale C  (Serge Van Heertum) Mirage 2000D test bed for the DGA  (Serge Van Heertum)
Harfang Male UAS  (Serge Van Heertum) Artemis Shadow M2  (Serge Van Heertum)
Thales Watchkeeper  (Serge Van Heertum) Aerostar UAV  (Serge Van Heertum)
Elbit Hermes 900  (Serge Van Heertum) IAI Super Heron  (Serge Van Heertum)
Piaggio P.1HH "Mammerhead"  (Serge Van Heertum) Orbiter 3B  (Serge Van Heertum)

Uvision Hero 400  (Serge Van Heertum)

LH-10 Elipse UAV version  (Serge Van Heertum)
Rafael Anti Aircraft Missile  (Serge Van Heertum) Mistral short range air defense missile system  (Serge Van Heertum)
Thales "Rapid Fire" anti aircraft vehicle  (Bruno Ghils)

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