Can Launch Fever Be Sustained?

By Graham Warwick
Source: AWIN First

Long-neglected, the light helicopter market is making a comeback and more news on the joint program between AgustaWestland and Russian Helicopters to develop a new 2.5-ton turbine single is hoped for during the show. How Eurocopter responds will be interesting as its light helos need refreshing or replacing.

Defense-wise, the military aircraft flying made a noise but events on the ground were quiet, as expected. There was talk of the Lockheed Martin F-35 stealth fighter finally making enough progress for production to be ramped up beginning in 2015, and of growing export prospects for the Bell Boeing V-22 tiltrotor.

On the second day, among others, we will hear from Eurofighter on the Typhoon, Saab on the Gripen, BAE Systems on F-16 upgrades, Embraer on the KC-390 tanker/transport and Antonov on the An-70 airlifter, so the defense pace should pick up.

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