And where does Belgium stands in all that ?
Our spatial and aeronautical industry is undeniably recognized throughout the world. Were are not (or no more) literally aircraft manufacturers, but our know-how and the quality of our products are widely accepted. For proof we have the partnerships in different programs such as Sonaca for Airbus and Embraer regarding the manufacturing of leading edge flaps or SABCA for the US Air Force. The Salon du Bourget, in a way as Farnborough, are unique occasions to present our products and attract manufacturers. The 2015 edition of the Salon again saw part of hall 2 reserved for our little country gathering no less than 76 companies. All along this week, numerous meetings and tractations were held as to find some partnerships or negociate the possible renewal of some difficult company activities.
year a Belgian day was organized with the visit at the Belgian chalet of our
regional Minister Presidents Paul Magnette (PS) and Geert Bourgeois (N-VA).
On this occasion our political representatives could witness the convergence
between various actors, the PME Dumoulin Aéro from Alleur signed a contract
with Aero Vodochody from the Czech Republic. Indeed, our manufacturer from
Liège will ensure production of specific bolts destined for the C Series of
the Canadian manufacturer Bombardier. Some convergences were situated at
regional level where as the Wallonie Aerotraining Network (WAN), competence
center of the Walloon Region and Sabena Aerospace entered an agreement
regarding the training of workers within the aeronautical industry. This
agreement will consist of the development of a training program for
personnel from airline companies and African subsaharian airports. As one
can see, this part is really boiling and the challenge is to step up in
sequence to respond to the needs of the aircraft manufacturers. That is why
Sonaca, for example, has invested in a new "paint" production line
for the parts of the A320 they deliver to Airbus.
|Belgian Companies present:|
DGA Fokker 100 will be
the Rafale test bed, the plane
is equipped with Mica missiles and a centerline Recce pod
Still in test phase, the
plane was modified under the responsability of
Sabena Technics at Bordeaux - Merignac facilities.
2014, Sabena Technics left the TAT group to become an indepedant and
back full Belgian Company. The new name is now Sabena Aerospace.
The FN HMP250™ LCC is
a self-contained airborne weapon system
that includes a .50 cal FN M3P™ (1,100 RPM) combat-proven machine gun,
250-round ammunition box, firing actuator and cocking device in one casing,
allowing outstanding performance in all environments.
This pod was mounted on the Textro Airland Scorpion.
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