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Paris, the World’s beauty Queen, Hosts the King of Air Shows

By Shweta Sehgal Published: June 2017
 

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Paris. This is my third visit to this beautiful city, the queen of the world, and whether it is the Paris Air Show or Euronaval or just a fanciful flight for a few days, Paris is always enchanting. The evolution of democracy, arts, fashion, engineering, marvels of high speed trains, supersonic passenger travel, and that of aerospace and aeronautics, one has no option but to fall in love with the spirit of Paris.

As before, the 52 nd  edition of the Paris Air Show will have inspiring presence of civil and military aircraft, some historical piston engine machines, choppers and announcement of some multi-billion dollar deals on the sidelines of their display.

The five-day show will open on June 19, and ministers, Chiefs of Air Staff and top air force officials from various countries will be there in strength. India would be a country in focus as the Indian Air Force (IAF) has bought two squadrons (36) of Rafale combat jets and the manufacturer, Dassault, is in talks to sell one or two more squadrons. Besides, the Indian Navy, with a requirement of 57 shipboard fighters, is also on the company’s radar.

India’s flagship aerospace company HAL will mark its presence at this glittering event.

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Established in 1909, the Paris Air Show is the world’s oldest air show. It is now organised by the French aerospace industry’s premier representative body, the Groupement des industries françaises aéronautiques et spatiales (GIFAS).

The Paris Air Show comes at a time as French aerospace leaders seek to lobby a newly-elected head of state and government for support of the high-tech industry in a tough world market. “We have a new government and new ministers,” said Eric Trappier, vice chairman of Gifas and chairman and CEO of Dassault Aviation which has booked the largest amount of exhibition space for the show.

The homegrown Dassault Systèmes plans to showcase the 3D Experience platform which provides a collaborative environment that allows various teams across a company to work together to build aircraft which are lighter and have less impact on the environment and focus on passenger comfort.

This means the OEMs (Original Equipment Manufacturers) will have to consider all aspects of the end-user experience and all functions – marketing, sales, design, engineering, manufacturing and the supply chain – to go hand in hand. If OEMs are able to reach these standards and deliver to the airline customers, the consumer will win. Accelerating product development, innovation and responding rapidly to customer demands are primary requirements today in aerospace design and manufacturing industry. At the Paris Air Show, Dassault Systèmes will display how its technology can help.

In fact, fast developing technologies are the key to aviation, and all the companies from Europe or the US are touting new generation connectivity solutions for air to space and ground solutions and systems. Notable among them are General Atomics, Raytheon, FLIR, and Thales.

Airbus will have a dominating presence of course in its home turf but Boeing will have a matching strength.

Again, from India’s perspective, Airbus will have some discussions with IAF officials as well as those of the Tata group for the manufacture of its C295 aircraft in India. Chief of Air Staff BS Dhanoa had told India Strategic in an earlier interview that IAF was keenly waiting for its supply to begin as a replacement of its 56 old Avro HS-748 transport aircraft.

Boeing will display the latest versions of its 787-10 and 737 MAX-9 passenger jets as well as the Apache AH-64, Chinook CH-47, Poseidon P-8, Bell-Boeing Osprey V-22, etc.

Notably, India recently decided to buy 11 more Apache AH-64E combat helicopters for its Army in addition to the 22 already ordered for the IAF. India has also bought the Chinooks as well as P8-I variant of the Poseidon for its Navy.

The world’s biggest military aircraft company, Lockheed Martin will display the F-35, C-130 J, and also the F-16 which it hopes to sell to India for indigenous manufacture.

We wish all the participants Flying Smiles in Business.

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