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Alenia Aerospazio At Farnborough (July 19)

The Company will display some of its key technological products mainly developed through international co-operation.

For the first time the new military airlifter C-27J will be flown each day during the air show. The C-27J, based on the G 222, is jointly developed by Alenia Aerospazio and Lockheed Martin and is being marketed by the equal partnership LMATTS - Lockheed Martin Alenia Tactical Transport Systems Company.

The first prototype was flown on September 1999 equipped with the new propulsion system based on the Rolls Royce AE2100 engine and the Dowty R 391 6 blades, all composite propeller and the new flight controls.

On May 12, 2000 the first production standard C-27J was flown from Alenia Aerospazio's Flight Test Facilities in Caselle (Turin); this aircraft is in the full configuration with the new avionics systems, advanced technology cockpit, new landing gear, new APU, and new propulsion system and flight controls already flying on the first test aircraft.

The third test aircraft is in final assembly. Its first flight will complete the initial phase of the development program, leading into the certification phase. Recently, the Italian Air Force has decided to replace its G222 fleet with the new C-27J; the requirement calls for 12 aircraft and logistic related support.

Presently, the C-27J is in final decision in Greece while it is under evaluation in Australia, Malaysia and Switzerland.

Daily demo flight will be also performed by the tactical single engined subsonic aircraft AMX. This aircraft, designed and developed by Alenia Aerospazio, as prime contractor, Aermacchi and Embraer of Brazil, is optimised for close interdiction, tactical air support and reconnaissance. The AMX is produced in single seat and two seater versions.

In total 192 AMX have been delivered to the Air Forces of Italy and Brazil. The AMX two-seater version with updated man-machine interface and avionics has been selected by the Venezuelan Air Force (FAV).

The new AMX-ATA version is aimed at attack roles and advanced training, and is equipped with the most modern advanced technology man-machine interface and avionics systems.

The integration of new sensors, a multimode radar to respond to a variety of new operational requirements, as well as the adoption of new weapon systems are some of the characteristics which make the AMX-ATA a potentially very competitive aircraft world-wide within the light combat/training aircraft market. It will be equipped with the new Eurojet EJ-200 Dry engine based on the same core as the reheated version developed for Eurofighter/Typhoon fighter.

At the Alenia Aerospazio Stand will be displayed the models of the ATR42 MP a derivative of the well-established twin turboprop ATR42 regional transport aircraft, and the Eurofighter air superiority fighter.

The ATR 42 MP Surveyor is specifically designed for maritime patrol, search and rescue,surveillance and pollution detection missions. On December '99 the first ATR42 MP Surveyor was delivered to the Italian Guardia di Finanza (Customs Service) while an additional aircraft will be delivered at the beginning of the next year. The first aircraft for the Italian Guardia Costiera (Coast Guard) will be delivered within this year.

Eurofighter is an European program developed by Alenia Aerospazio, BAE Systems, DASA and CASA. The Italian company is responsible for the design of the wing, of the fuselage rear section jointly with BAE Systems, and for some of the airborne systems and the integration of the weapon systems for the Italian aircraft. Eurofighter is due to enter in service in 2002.

Plane seats with satellite terminals, a model of the COSMO SkyMed Earth observation satellite and a model of the advanced telecommunications satellite are the highlights of Alenia Spazio's participation at the Farnborough Air Show.

Thanks to the technologies developed by Alenia Spazio, it will be possible to have high-speed Internet links from mobile means like aeroplanes, trains, ships and even automobiles.

At over 30,000 feet and at 500 miles per hour, passengers can use such multi-media services as video-communications with the office, sending and receiving electronic mail and documentation just as if they were sitting in their office, and high-speed Internet for shopping, interacting with financial markets or catching up with the latest cinema, watching TV news or live sporting events.

All this is made available through either an on-board interactive terminal or the passenger's PC linked to an antenna mounted above the cabin to transmit and receive signals from telecommunications satellites. The cost of the service will be comparable to a GSM call.

The European Space Agency's advanced telecommunications programme Artemis, for which Alenia Spazio is prime contractor, is completing its launch campaign to place the satellite in orbit in early 2001.

One of the three payloads carried on Artemis is EGNOS, the first element of the ambitious European project for satellite navigation, GNSS-1. This will be followed by GNSS-2/Galileo for which Alenia Spazio is prime contractor for the technical definition of the satellite component and the ground stations.

From telecommunications to remote sensing. Cosmo Skymed is the Italian Space Agency's satellite constellation developed by Alenia Spazio. It will have a variety of applications: constant monitoring of land and buildings; control and analysis of agricultural crops; drawing up high-resolution geographical maps; monitoring environmental disasters such as earthquakes, landslides, fires and floods; coastal control.

The system, made up of seven satellites in low Earth orbit equipped with radar and optical sensors, will be operative in 2004, with the launch of the first satellite scheduled for 2002.


Alenia Aerospazio, Italy's largest aerospace industry, will participate at Farnborough International 2000