ILA 2010: Armed forces present all their aircraft for the first time in a realistic, combined training mission

Berlin, 20 April 2010 – With an impressive flying display at the ILA 2010 Germany’s armed forces, the Bundeswehr, will be presenting their airborne weapons systems in a realistic joint scenario for the first time. “Joint Relief” is the name of the exercise in which the armed forces will be using 40 aircraft to demonstrate the varied capabilities of a modern army. These exercises will include close air support using combat aircraft, landing troops by helicopter and the evacuation of hostages as well as permanently securing airspace with combat helicopters and fixed wing aircraft.

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Largest individual exhibitor at the ILA

“ILA 2010 – Bundeswehr Meeting Point” is the slogan being used by the armed forces, once again the largest single exhibitor at this leading trade show, which is taking place from 8 to 13 June 2010 on the southern section of Berlin-Schönefeld Airport. The close links between the aero-space industry and Germany’s military are more evident here than at any other event. There is hardly any section of the ILA which does not include a significant input from the Bundeswehr or Germany’s federal authorities.

The impressive presentation by the military on the open air grounds will feature some 70 aircraft, helicopters and UAVs, ranging from the Eurofighter to the Tiger combat helicopter and the Med-Evac Airbus A310 for medical emergency missions. Visitors will also be able to see the Heron unmanned aircraft, which the Bundeswehr has been using for recon-naissance purposes in Afghanistan since March 2010.

Successful cooperation between the air force and industry

For the first time the successful cooperation in the field of maintenance and systems support between the air force and various suppliers of military hardware in the aerospace sector will be featured at the ILA 2010 in a jointly planned air force/BDLI joint pavilion. In association with Autoflug, EADS Defence & Security, Eurocopter, MTU and Rolls-Royce the demonstrations will include the replacement of a Eurofighter engine and the complete overhaul of an ejector seat.

Efficient air transport

Efficient air transport not only plays an important part in the Bundeswehr presentation but also in the programme of military conferences at the ILA 2010. The air force now has to carry out a different range of missions, including more humanitarian and peace-keeping operations, which places very high demands on personnel and material, and this in turn imposes an urgent requirement for new helicopter and fixed-wing aircraft platforms. It is therefore no coincidence that the new European military transport aircraft, the Airbus A400m, will be making its first appearance at any of the world’s air shows during the ILA. With this aircraft the industry has produced a modern, multi-role solution as a replacement for the ageing fleets of C-130 Hercules and C-160 Transalls, which are still in service with air forces around the world. Compared with its predecessors the new 21st century military transport offers a significantly increased payload and a much larger freight-carrying volume, enabling it to play an important role in strengthening European air transport capabilities.

BWB with its own display

With its own hall and the adjoining open air display area the Federal Office of Defence Technology and Procurement (BWB) will be presenting various systems for the armed forces and will be explaining its role as a link between military users and the manufacturers of military and defence equipment.

ILA HeliCenter – emphasis on military and official aspects

The Helicopter Training Alliance at the ILA HeliCenter will be presenting the partnership between CAE Elektronik GmbH, Eurocopter, Helikopter Flight Training Service GmbH, Rheinmetall Defence Electronics GmbH, Thales and benntec Systemtechnik on the one hand and the military aviation sector on the other. The national police force, the Bundespolizei, will also be represented here in partnership with the supply industry, and will be demonstrating one of its own helicopters and the wide range of missions that it is expected to perform.

Focus on training

The training of aviators is another important aspect being dealt with by the Bundeswehr at the world’s oldest air show. EADS will be supplying a Eurofighter simulator where visitors can test their own skills as pilots as well as learning about career opportunities with the armed forces, and in particular for flight crews. The Bundeswehr is by far the largest single exhibitor at the ILA Career Center. The demands of military missions and technology have a central role to play in the ILA conference programme. Topics range from UAVs during the ILA Parlamentarians’ Day to missile defence and military applications in space, as featured extensively in the ILA Space Pavilion in the form of the SAR Lupe and SATCOMBw Stage 2 satellite systems.

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