Airbus Military will disclose its partner and the target application for its mystery airborne early warning and control system at the Paris show on Tuesday, CEO Domingo Urena-Raso said Saturday.
Based on a C-295 military transport, the rotodome-based system was unveiled unexpectedly in May and made a first flight on June 7. So far, Airbus has not identified a customer or a radar supplier. The only in-production rotodome radars are the Lockheed Martin APS-145 for the E-2C Hawkeye and the APY-9 for the E-2D, but the C-295 dome appears deeper than either.
As I commented on Robert Wall's original post,
the explanation that the radar type had not yet been selected didn't make a lot of sense - and a direct question to Urena-Raso on Saturday resulted only in a statement that an announcement would follow this week.
EADS officials say that the project has been executed very quickly and that the AEW&C aircraft "fills a new market niche".