Dubai, 18 November 2021 – In the first major airshow since the COVID-19 pandemic struck two years ago, customers demonstrated confidence in the recovery of the aviation sector and also in Airbus by placing orders and commitments totalling 408 aircraft (269 firm orders and 139 commitments). The agreements covered the full range of commercial aircraft families, including a first commitment for the A350F freighter derivative.
At a pre-show event, Airbus launched its latest global market forecast outlining progressively shifting demand from fleet growth to accelerated retirement of older, less fuel-efficient aircraft resulting in a need for some 39,000 new-build passenger and freighter aircraft. Of these,15,250 aircraft (around 40%) are for replacements.
With the UAE Universal expo showcasing themes on Mobility, Sustainability and Opportunity, on the eve of the airshow Airbus lit up the Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world, by displaying its Company purpose – “Pioneering sustainable aerospace for a safe and united world” – on the façade of this iconic Dubai landmark at a time when connecting with people and cultures has never been more important.
On the opening day of the show, Indigo Partners portfolio airlines placed a firm order for 255 A321neo Family aircraft, including 29 XLR. The order breakdown is as follows: Wizz Air 102 aircraft (75 A321neo + 27 A321XLR); Frontier 91 aircraft (A321neo); Volaris 39 aircraft (A321neo); JetSMART 23 aircraft (21 A321neo + 2 A321XLR).
The second day saw Air Lease Corporation sign a commitment for 111 aircraft covering the full range of aircraft families including the new A350 Freighter (25 A220-300s, 55 A321neos, 20 A321XLRs, four A330neos, seven A350Fs). Along with the orders, ALC and Airbus announced the first ever joint ESG scheme in aircraft procurement – a joint Sustainability Fund – to foster industry decarbonisation solutions.
On the third day, Jazeera Airways committed to 28 A321neos and Nigeria’s Ibom Air became a new Airbus customer with a firm order for 10 A220s.
On the defence side, Airbus sold two additional Airbus A330 Multi Role Tanker Transport (MRTT) to the United Arab Emirates Air Force and Air Defence, and secured a new export order for two A400M new generation airlifters from the Indonesian Ministry of Defence.
At the show, Airbus also highlighted its ambition to play a leading role in developing innovative and sustainable solutions for urban air mobility, leveraging partnerships and technologies to bring a product to the market by 2025.
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Nigeria In Talks For The 5th Generation Su-75 Checkmate
Nigeria has expressed an intense interest in purchasing the highly desired fifth-generation Su-75 Checkmate stealth fighter jet from Russia in an effort to strengthen its air power capabilities. The Su-75 Checkmate was created by Sukhoi, a division of United Aircraft Corporation, and was formally presented in July 2021 during the MAKS-2021 aerospace Exhibition. Russia has been vigorously promoting cutting-edge fighters to allies throughout the world, and it has drawn interest from several nations in Africa and Asia, including Nigeria.
Russia is now setting its sights on African countries for potential exports of this stealth aircraft, and Nigeria is among those expressing a strong interest. The development of the Su-57, a previous Russian fighter, was partly funded by India. However, India’s withdrawal from the program posed challenges, leading Russia to look for alternative markets for its advanced military technology. Additionally, Western sanctions have hampered the development and foreign sales of Russian aircraft, making it crucial for Russia to seek potential buyers in other regions.
The Su-75 Checkmate is a state-of-the-art, single-engine fighter aircraft designed to enhance air defense capabilities significantly. Its stealth capabilities, cutting-edge technology, and superior performance make it a highly coveted asset for countries seeking to modernize their military forces.
The director of Russia’s Federal Services for Military-Technical Cooperation (FSMTC), Dmitry Shugaev, disclosed during the Russia-Africa Forum that Nigeria has expressed an interest in purchasing Russia’s cutting-edge aircraft. Even though it is too soon to talk about specific contracts, Nigeria is actively interacting with the Russian arms sector. The possible agreement shows Nigeria’s commitment to enhancing its air defense capabilities and highlights the rising demand for the Su-75 Checkmate on the global market.
Nigeria emerges as a possible prospect for the advanced stealth fighter jet as Russia looks to widen its customer base for the Su-75 Checkmate. The procurement of cutting-edge aircraft will greatly improve Nigeria’s military capabilities and provide the nation with a competitive edge in its stance for regional security.
The development and potential sale of the Su-75 Checkmate also showcase Russia’s ongoing efforts to maintain its presence in the global defense market, despite the challenges posed by international sanctions and financial constraints. As negotiations proceed, the world watches keenly to see how this prospective arms deal will unfold and contribute to the evolving geopolitical landscape in the African region.
The Su-75 Checkmate, a remarkable achievement in Russia’s aerospace technology, is poised to revolutionize air warfare on a global scale. This cutting-edge aircraft combines stealth capabilities and advanced avionics, propelling it to the forefront of modern combat aviation.
The Su-75 Checkmate has the potential to change the world, and it also has an impressively cost-effective design. According to Sergei Chemezov, the chairman of Rostec, each Checkmate jet will cost between $ 25 and $ 30 million. This tactical strategy aims to increase the aircraft’s utility for a wide variety of customers ensuring that its influence will be felt across various air forces around the world.
Su-75 Checkmate Fighter Jet Concept Reveals Major Design Changes for Enhanced Performance
Recently, Russia released the eagerly awaited Su-75 Checkmate, its most recent fighter jet design. With a focus on enhancing performance and stealth abilities, the aircraft has undergone substantial design modifications. The improved aerodynamics and smaller radar cross-section of the aircraft are highlighted in the new concept images, which also show other modifications.
Yury Slyusar, CEO of the company, said the company’s strategies while noting that the Checkmate project makes use of cutting-edge supercomputer technologies. Because of this, the business can begin the flight tests as early as 2024 and drastically cut the prototype construction time.
The new fighter has numerous significant modifications aimed at improving flight performance and stealth capabilities. The nose cone has been sawtooth-patterned to improve aerodynamic qualities while considerably lowering radar cross-section.
Additionally, the wing root form has been modified to optimize airflow and minimize drag, resulting in improved maneuverability and overall efficiency. The flaperon, a control surface positioned on the wing, has been significantly enlarged and extended towards the back of the aircraft. This enhancement increases control authority and allows for precise maneuvering in a variety of flight modes.
One of the key aspects of the Su-75 Checkmate is its stealthy design. The aircraft incorporates a reduced radar cross-section, advanced composite materials, and optimized shaping to minimize its visibility to enemy radars. This stealth capability allows the Su-75 to penetrate hostile airspace with reduced risk of detection, enabling it to carry out precision strikes and other missions with a higher chance of success.
The aft strakes, which are lateral aerodynamic surfaces on the fuselage’s back, have also been expanded. The aircraft’s performance in terms of stability, control, and high-angle-of-attack are improved by these changes, together with the enlarged strake flaps.
These extensive design changes result in an aircraft that has better flight characteristics, superior agility, and increased stealth capabilities. This fighter is more maneuverable, effective, and substantially harder to spot in a variety of operational conditions with its sawtooth-treated nose cone, modified wing root form, expanded flaperon, extended aft-strakes, and redesigned vertical stabilizer assembly.
The Su-75 Checkmate is about ready for the next phase of development, which will include flight testing and evaluation. Its introduction demonstrates Russia’s dedication to innovations in military aviation as well as the country’s ambition to compete with other top manufacturers in the global fighter jet sector.
Meet Turkish Newest Helicopter T925 Utility Helicopter
Turkish TAI is one of the companies in the aerospace industry that is developing the fastest since it is releasing back-to-back aircraft for the defense industry. The KAAN 5th generation fighter, UAV, and other fighter jets were just recently launched. It is now getting ready to demonstrate its medium-capacity helicopter in competition with the Mi 17.
For the first time, Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) is displaying the T925 Utility Helicopter on a full scale. The remarkable TAI products ANKA, AKSUNGUR, T929 Attack Helicopter, and Unmanned Cargo Helicopter are shown alongside the helicopter, which has the tail number “TC-925,” in the static area.
The first flight is scheduled to take place after the T925’s manufacture is finished, which is expected to happen in 2024.
Temel Kotil, the general manager of TAI, had previously declared that the T925’s inaugural flight would occur on March 18 of that year.
Turkish Aerospace has spent many years developing its idea for a large helicopter. Prior to now, it was believed to be primarily focused on military requirements, possibly displacing larger helicopters currently in use by Turkey’s military.
The Gökbey has a main rotor diameter of 13.20 m and is 15.87 m long, whereas the T925, also known as General Purpose II by Turkish Aerospace Industries CEO Temel Kotil, is 19.95 m long and has a main rotor diameter of 17.3 m. According to Temel Kotil, the General Purpose II actually fills a requirement for expanded transport capacity, notably in terms of passengers. Whereas the T625 can carry 12, the T925 will be able to carry 18.
Performance-wise, the General Purpose II will be inferior to the Gökbey with a range of 370.4 km and an operational range of up to 3 hours. The service ceiling will be 20,000 feet (or 6096 meters).
- transport of troops and equipment,
- search, and rescue,
- VIP transport,
- medical transport.
TAI has got more attention from the industry and which is also served the best in class categories. Current plans call for the production of around 24 Gokbey helicopters per year in 2025 and ramping up to as many as 40 a year in 2027.
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