New products and new technology were vying to catch the eye of potential new customers as Eurosatory opened itís doorís on the first day.
Among the innovations was a helicopter sporting a 25mm cannon, a shock absorbing helmet, a mini-jammer and a new medium tank concept.
Israeli firms brought a series of new products to Eurosatory, including Duke Airborne Systems, which showed off an unusual remotely operated 25mm gun designed to fix itself to the underside of a Black Hawk helicopter.
Created to give unarmed helicopters firepower while in flight, the gun is normally stored in the cabin of the helicopter. But when required, two mechanical arms flip the gun out of the side of the helicopter, and, reaching around under the side of the helicopter, fix it to a plate underneath.
Too large to allow the helicopter to land, the gun is then retrieved before touching down.
The gun, an ATK Bushmaster, is coupled with an EO sensor, weighs half a ton with ammunition and costs $1.2 million. It has yet to find a customer.
Israel Military Industries unveiled its new Combat Guard armored vehicle, which is designed for off road, extreme terrain and has an option to carry the firmís Bright Arrow defense system ó a gun with threat-detection systems and counter measures against RPGs and missiles. No orders have yet been placed for the 4x4 vehicle.
Allen Vanguardís UK arm debuted a lightweight jammer to combat radio controlled IEDís (RCIED). Known as Solo, the new jammer weighs 4.5kg and can be plugged into a vehicleís 12-volt outlet or into a stand-alone battery pack.
The Canadian-based company said the low-cost Solo jammer comes factory programmed to address prevalent regional RCIED threats, is usable out of the box with virtually no training.
British smart materials specialist D30 is showing a prototype shock-absorbing helmet which it said setís new standards in combating blunt-trauma head injuries.
The Trust (Trauma Reduction and Unrivalled Shock Technology) helmet was developed with British Government funding.
The company, which has previously developed protective head gear for use by American football players, said the helmet offers unrivaled protection, comfort and shock absorption.
At the other end of the product scale, at least in size terms, is the new CMI Defence offering combining the new Cockerill XC-8 turret with a BAE Systems CV90 chassis.
CMI had a concept demonstrator on public display for the first time at Eurosatory.
While the turret is combined with the Swedish-built CV90, the 25-ton system could be employed on a number of platforms to create a medium sized tank.
CMI had a concept demonstrator dominating on show for the first time at Eurosatory.
The turret offers 105mm or 120mm firepower in a two-crew configuration. Users can switch between the two sizes of gun as the remainder of the turret equipment is standard, said a CMI executive.
Both the guns fire NATO standard ammunition types as well as the Belgian companyís Falarick 105 or 120 gun launched anti-tank guided missile. ■