Meanwhile, Airbus Defence and Space will demonstrate its broad product portfolio of military aircraft, space systems, secure communications and drones. A highlight is the FCAS Experience Centre where visitors can see what Europe’s Future Combat Air System could look like. In particular it will showcase the interaction and governance of the various components which a European Combat Air System could consist of from 2040 onwards. Over in the static display will be various military exhibits including: the latest variant of the Eurofighter combat aircraft; an A330 MRTT “Multi-Role Tanker-Transport” aircraft; a full-scale mockup of Europe’s “Medium-Altitude Long-Endurance Remotely Piloted Aircraft System (EuroMALE RPAS); plus smaller UAVs such as the ALIACA and DVF 2000 ER designed for intelligence, surveillance and inspection missions. An A400M military transporter in French Air Force colours will also be in the static display.
Inside the main Airbus Pavilion, interactive ‘bubble’ displays will present various key themes:
- “Future of Flight” display will show how Airbus is further improving its portfolio and changing the future of mobility with aircraft such as the single-aisle A220, A321LR, A330neo, and A350 XWB; It will also feature the H160 helicopter, air mobility initiatives such as Vahana and CityAirbus, and the E-Fan X ‘hybrid-electric’ flight demonstration project.
- ‘From Data to Insight’ will showcase Airbus’ vision for defence and security including the Future Air Power family of connected systems. This zone will demonstrate how Airbus is harnessing the power of data through digitalisation initiatives such as the Skywise and Smartforce analytics platforms. It will also feature the increasing role that space-based solutions such as the environmental monitoring programme Copernicus.
- “A Safer World” features Airbus’ Military aircraft programmes such as the Eurofighter and A400M, the secure “Network for the Sky” airborne communications solution, the VSR700 unmanned reconnaissance helicopter, and cyber-security initiatives.
- “Space”, featuring various animated holographic space scenarios including “Pleiades Neo”, “ArrOW platform”, “Eurostar Neo”, “Moon Cruiser”, and “BepiColombo” Mercury exploration. In addition, visitors to the pavilion can experience in full 3D virtual-reality how Unmanned Traffic Management (UTM) digital air traffic management will address the way airspace is configured, to enable safe incorporation of new types of vehicles, such as autonomous ones, into our airspace.
The Paris Air Show runs from June 17 to 23. Accredited journalists are welcome to visit the Airbus Pavilion’s dedicated press area where the majority of announcements will be made. Updates will be available on a dedicated event page of the Airbus website while aircraft visits can be arranged for accredited media between 9-10am each week day.