Bell Helicopter, Textron Aviation Inc., Textron Aviation Defense LLC, Textron Systems, TRU Simulation + Training and Textron Airborne Solutions, all businesses of Textron Inc., have announced their plans for the Paris Air Show -the largest aerospace event in the world - which will be held 19-25 June 2017 at the Exhibition Center of Le Bourget.
“As one of the most prestigious, global aerospace events, the Paris Air Show provides us with a powerful platform to display our innovative next-generation aircraft and precision weapons. We look forward to demonstrating how our broad product lineup can meet the needs of existing and potential clients,” said Scott Donnelly, Textron’s Chairman and CEO.
This year, Bell Helicopter will showcase the Bell 407GXP, a highly versatile, state-of-the-art helicopter with more than 1,200 already delivered world-wide. In addition, Bell Helicopter will display the Bell 429. Delivering exceptional speed, range, hover performance and a sizeable passenger cabin, the Bell 429 also offers operators a state-of-the-art single pilot Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) helicopter with top user-rated in-service support. The Bell Boeing V-22 Osprey will also be exhibited at the show. The Osprey routinely performs a variety of global missions as the most in-demand aircraft with the United States Marine Corps.
Textron Aviation and Textron Aviation Defense, a subsidiary of Textron Aviation Inc., will be highlighting their defense and special mission capabilities at the Paris Air Show this year, including a static display of the innovative Scorpion and special mission-equipped Beechcraft King Air 350ER and Cessna Grand Caravan EX.
The Scorpion (photo) is a bold, new, adaptable multi-mission military jet with unparalleled acquisition and operating costs. Designed and built with leading-edge technologies, the Scorpion will be making its 7th trans-Atlantic crossing to the Paris Air Show. A next-generation combat aircraft, the Scorpion has the ability to carry multiple sensors to deliver precision weapons in the three payload bays and six hard points, bringing tactical advantage to even the most demanding situations.
Textron Aviation will also be displaying the King Air 350ER equipped for surveillance missions and Cessna Grand Caravan EX featuring flexible interiors designed for numerous special mission applications. Also on display will be a mockup of the hard point provisions for the Cessna Grand Caravan EX platform.
Textron Systems will exhibit its proven unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), smart weapons as well as its command-and-control products. Textron Systems will also announce and display its new tactical unmanned aircraft system (TUAS) which offers next-generation capabilities.
Textron Systems will also display its expeditionary Aerosonde Small Unmanned Aircraft System (SUAS), which offers proven multi-mission performance in both military and commercial land- and sea-based applications. The Aerosonde is also equipped for real-time, full-motion video and communications relay within a single flight; it offers dedicated space and power to integrate additional capabilities based on customer requirements.
In the area of smart weapons, Textron Systems will exhibit its advanced G-CLAW and Fury small Precision Guided Munitions (PGM). The lightweight G-CLAW precision guided weapon system offers flexible delivery options from a variety of aircraft systems and multi-mission employment options for land and sea targets. The Fury PGM delivers a precision strike capability against both static or moving targets, up to including light armored vehicles.
TRU Simulation + Training delivers total aviation training solutions to the commercial and military markets as well as superior technical support and customer service. TRU continues to build its presence as a leading provider to aircraft OEMs, successfully qualifying and delivering the world’s first-ever 737 MAX Full Flight Simulators (FFSs) to Boeing’s Training Campuses in Miami and Singapore.
Lastly, the Textron Airborne Solutions business includes the Airborne Tactical Advantage Company (ATAC), the industry-leading provider of tactical flight training and adversary services which was acquired by Textron in 2016.