New Delhi. Future technology will be the mainstay of BAE Systems display at the Aero India 2019. The display would be symbolical of the company’s intent to collaborate with Indian industry in meeting the country’s requirements for futuristic defence systems and developing technology and platforms for India.
At the stand will be information on BAE Systems’ participation in Team Tempest, UK’s technology development programme being delivered by the Royal Air Force and industry partners to ensure a futuristic combat air system at the very forefront of combat air capability. Team Tempest brings together UK’s globally leading industries and sovereign capabilities across future air combat’s four key technology areas: combat air systems and integration; power and propulsion systems; sensors, electronics and avionics; and weapon systems. Team Tempest was first revealed at the Farnborough International Air Show in July last year.
Also to be featured at the stand would be the Eurofighter Typhoon; advanced electronic systems (APKWS© laser-guided rocket); augmented reality technology (Striker® II head-mounted display (HMD); and the Make-in-India Hawk132, of which 123 are in service with the Indian Air Force and the Indian Navy.
Just a few months earlier, the Company has marked several delivery milestones in handing over the 145 M777 Ultra Light Howitzers (ULH) to the Indian Army. Most recently, the M777 ULH made its debut at the 2019 Republic Day Parade at New Delhi. Earlier, in 2018, the Company delivered the first spares and logistics, including tooling, technical publications and training material to support the Indian Army as it brings the new M777 ULHs into service. BAE Systems is building and delivering the first 25 pieces of M777 ULHs fully assembled, the remaining 120 howitzers will be assembled in India by Mahindra Defence Systems Ltd. under an arrangement designed to support defence industrial cooperation.
With India as the largest operator of the Hawk advanced jet trainer with 123 aircraft ordered; Indian Air Force (106) and the Indian Navy (17); the Make-in-India Hawk will be displayed alongside Eurofighter Typhoon, amongst the most advancedmulti-role combat aircrafts available globally.
Also on display will be the APKWS laser-guided rocket, a highly cost-effective solution that turns a standard unguided 2.75-inch (70 millimetre) rocket into a precision laser-guided munition, giving war-fighters a surgical strike capability. The APKWS rocket has been successfully demonstrated on more than a dozen fixed- and rotary-wing platforms, including the F-16, the Bell 407, and AH-64 Apache. Another remarkable equipment on display would be the full-colour Striker II HMD, which is platform-agnostic and completely digital. The HMD provides today’s combat pilots with remarkable situational awareness, night vision, target tracking and advanced audio technology — all in one visor-projected system. The small and compact LiteHUD® head-up display is also being fielded.
The Aero Show will also witness BAE Systems’ expertise in the design and development capabilities of hard body armour solutions for Body Armour Vest and Body Armour Plate. The Advanced Combat Helmet would also be on display
Leading the Company’s participation at the show will be Dave Armstrong, Group Business Development Director, and Nik Khanna, India, Managing Director. Attending the Show will be Military Advisor, Air Chief Marshal Sir Andrew Pulford, amongst others.