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Airbus Military And IAI Join Forces On C295 AEW&C Programme

Airbus Military and Israel Aerospace
Industries (IAI) are combining forces to jointly develop and market a
new version of the Airbus Military C295 platform fitted with an Airborne
Early Warning and Control (AEW&C) system produced by ELTA Systems, a
wholly owned IAI subsidiary.

The primary sensor of the AEW&C will be the IAI/ELTA 4th Generation
Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) Radar with integrated IFF.

A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to this effect was signed today at
the Le Bourget Airshow by IAI Corp. VP and ELTA President, Mr. Nissim
Hadas, and Airbus Military CEO Mr. Domingo Ureña. With this agreement,
Airbus Military will expand its mission capability to the Airborne Early
Warning & Command sector, while ELTA will be expanding its
AEW&C fleet to include a turboprop platform.

The C295 AEW&C has been designed to provide high quality 360
Surveillance, creating in real-time an integrated Air and Maritime
Situation Picture and Electronic Order of Battle. The AEW&C
Situation Picture is shared with friendly forces via  Network Centric
data links.

A C295 fitted with a rotodome demonstrator is conducting flight trials
from Airbus Military’s Seville facility since 8th June. The initial
tests have shown that the aircraft is aerodynamically an excellent
platform for this purpose. ELTA Systems and Airbus Military are now
conducting engineering studies to integrate the mission suite, including
AESA radar, among other sensors, into the aircraft. The aircraft
demonstrator can be seen on the static display at the Le Bourget

Providing a new and very cost effective solution in the so far uncovered
medium size market, the C295 AEW&C is both rugged and versatile. It
can be configured with the full range of AEW&C sensor and control
systems, including; AEW Radar, IFF, ESM/ELINT, CSM/COMINT, Self
Protection Suite (SPS), Command & Control, Multi-Mode Radar,
comprehensive communication suite including Network Centric Operation
(NCO) Data Networks and Satellite Links.

Airbus Military CEO, Domingo Ureña, stated: “We see a growing demand
emerging for medium size early warning systems and platforms at an
affordable price for both air defense and homeland security. This
cooperation between ELTA Systems and Airbus Military, which combines the
excellent engineering skills and experience of our two companies in
their respective fields, will provide the market with a highly efficient
and affordable solution, the first in this market segment”.

IAI Corp. VP and ELTA President, Nissim Hadas, referring to the mutual
cooperation agreement, noted:”The emerging conflicts across the globe
are emphasizing the importance of special mission fleets. We are sure
that by joining forces, we will offer the market the right solution with
the right technology. Airbus Military and IAI/ELTA’s superior
capabilities in  special mission aircraft, advanced sensors and system
integration enable us to provide an effective and proven solution for
these growing needs.”

The new generation C295 is the ideal aircraft for military transport and
civil missions such as humanitarian aid, homeland security, maritime
patrol, and environmental surveillance. Thanks to its robustness and
reliability, and with simple systems, this medium sized tactical
airlifter provides the wide versatility and flexibility required for
personnel, troop and bulky/palletized cargo transportation, casualty
evacuation, communication and logistic duties, or certified air-dropping
capabilities. It is fitted with both civil and military technology
equipment which ensures success in demanding tactical missions, as well
as growth potential for future equipment installation and compatibility
with the latest civil airspace environment. The C295 is part of Airbus
Military’s family of light and medium airlifters which also includes the
smaller C212 and CN235 platforms.

IAI/ELTA is a front-runner in the development of airborne radar systems
and in particular AESA Radar for AEW&C aircraft. IAI/ELTA’s current
3rd Generation AEW&C products, the Gulfstream G550 Conformal
AEW&C and the Ilyushin IL-76  AWACS, are the leaders in their
respective categories, both in terms of performance and landmark design.
The newest
member of IAI/ELTA’s family of AESA Radars is a rotating dome radar
combining both true 360o AESA radar and IFF in a unique low weight 4th
Generation design.