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Let’s take a look at the Berlin Airshow 22, which begins tomorrow.

Let's take a look at the Berlin Airshow 22, which begins tomorrow.

Berlin is scheduled to hold one of the oldest airshows again in 2022, beginning on June 22. The ILA berlin enjoys international acclaim. This is also known as the world’s most modern aircraft expo This time, it is being organised for several categories of exhibition and aircraft display, and companies have already begun to put up their products in the airshow.

The latest innovations of the aerospace sector will be presented in the airshow, as well as air mobility vehicles such as volocopters, electric aircraft from Rolls Royce, and many more. Airbus and Boeing have previously confirmed that they will be displaying some of their most recent planes.

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  • Short history of ILA Berlin.

It claims to be the world’s oldest air show, having been founded in 1909, and it is now one of the largest and most prominent aerospace trade exhibitions. According to the organisers, the Berlin Air Show drew 125,000 professional guests and 105,000 members of the general public in 2012, with 3,600 journalists from 65 nations also in attendance.

Let's take a look at the Berlin Airshow 22, which begins tomorrow.

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The format is comparable to that of the Paris Air Show in France and the Farnborough International Airshow in the United Kingdom, which are the two other major events on the European air show calendar. The Berlin event begins with three professional days that are closed to the general public, followed by three public days on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.

Let's take a look at the Berlin Airshow 22, which begins tomorrow.

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  • Boeing Products. 

Boeing’s exhibit will highlight the 777X, 737 MAX and 777-8F, in addition to the EA-18G Growler, T-7A Advanced Pilot Training System, the Boeing Airpower Teaming System and Germany’s future maritime patrol aircraft, the P-8A Poseidon. The CH-47 Chinook, which was recently selected by the German Government for its STH Heavy-Lift Helicopter program, will additionally be highlighted at the show.

During the show, a Royal Air Force CH-47 Chinook will perform daily flight displays. The U.S. Department of Defense is expected to display several Boeing platforms, including the AH-64 Apache attack helicopter, CH-47 Chinook heavy-lift helicopter, P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft, C-17 Globemaster III military transport aircraft, and F-15 fighter jet.

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  • Airbus Products, 

At the first major European airshow since 2019, Airbus will present a wide range of its cutting-edge products and services, demonstrating how it pioneers sustainable aerospace for a safe and united world.

Static and flight displays

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On the static display, some of Airbus’ state-of-the-art aircraft, unmanned aerial systems (UAS) and helicopters will take centre stage: Visitors will be able to explore the A350-900 MSN 2 (Airspace Explorer) and the oversize cargo transporter BelugaXL. They will also get to see the multi-role tactical airlifter C295, a full-scale replica of Europe’s first large-scale military drone Eurodrone as well as Heron TP, Aliaca and DT25 UAS and a UAS ground control station. The static display will also feature state-of-the-art helicopters such as the H145M, H225, an NH90 replica and drones such as Luna NG or DT25  that were used in recent manned-unmanned teaming demonstrations.

Airbus military aircraft will also be in action on the German Luftwaffe display, both on ground (Eurofighter and A400M) and in the air (Eurofighter, A400M, A330 MRTT and Tornado).

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Take First Glimpse of USAF B-21 Raider, Latest Nuclear Stealth Bomber

Take First Glimpse of USAF B-21 Raider, Latest Nuclear Stealth Bomber
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The United States Air Force (USAF) has unveiled the first photographs of the Northrop Grumman B-21 Raider bomber in flight.

These images were captured during test flights conducted by the B-21 Combined Test Force at Edwards Air Force Base, marking a significant milestone in the development of this sixth-generation aircraft.

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Currently undergoing flight tests in California, the B-21 Raider represents the next generation of stealth bombers. With an estimated cost of around $700 million per aircraft, the B-21 Raider is poised to become a crucial component of the USAF’s arsenal for conventional Long Range Strike missions.

According to Air Force briefings, the B-21 Raider will form part of a comprehensive family of systems, encompassing Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance capabilities, electronic warfare, communication systems, and more. Notably, the bomber will be nuclear-capable and adaptable for both manned and unmanned operations.

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It boasts the flexibility to deploy a wide array of stand-off and direct-attack munitions, ensuring versatility in various combat scenarios. One of the B-21’s distinguishing features is its extensive integration of digital technology, as highlighted in discussions held during a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing.

Designed with an open systems architecture, the B-21 Raider is built to swiftly incorporate emerging technologies, ensuring its effectiveness against evolving threats over time. The B-21 Raider is slated to replace the aging B-1 Lancer and B-2 Spirit bombers, bolstering US national security objectives and providing reassurance to allies and partners worldwide.

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Aurora Flight Sciences Unveils Innovative X-Plane Design

Aurora Flight Sciences Unveils Innovative X-Plane Design

Aurora Flight Sciences, a Boeing company, has recently completed the conceptual design review for a groundbreaking high-speed, vertical lift X-plane.

This aircraft, part of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) program called Speed and Runway Independent Technologies (SPRINT), aims to demonstrate key technologies and integrated concepts that combine high speed with runway independence.

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Aurora’s design features a low-drag, fan-in-wing demonstrator integrated into a blended wing body platform. This innovative approach merges the agility of vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) with exceptional speed capabilities.

The team is focused on ensuring the program’s success by setting the stage for successful flight demonstrations, showcasing a transformative capability for air mobility and Special Operations Forces (SOF) missions.

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New renderings of the fan-in-wing (FIW) demonstrator show three lift fans, a more refined composite exterior, and an uncrewed cockpit. The decision to use three lift fans simplifies the demonstrator, streamlining its path to flight testing. This FIW technology can be scaled to incorporate four or more lift fans to meet future aircraft requirements, potentially leading to a new family of systems.

Additionally, while the current demonstrator is uncrewed to facilitate testing and reduce risk, the FIW technology is fully adaptable to crewed aircraft. Aurora’s concept is designed to meet or exceed DARPA’s challenging program objectives. The blended wing body platform is capable of a 450-knot cruise speed, and the embedded lift fans with integrated covers enable a smooth transition from vertical to horizontal flight.

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The design also utilizes existing engine solutions, reducing development risks and timelines. Besides VTOL, the aircraft can perform short take-off and vertical landing (STOVL), super short take-off and landing (SSTOL), and conventional take-off and landing.

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China Developing Comac C939 Wide Body Aircraft to Compete with A350 and B777

Comac Eyes Saudi Arabian Market to Challenge Western Aircraft Giants


China’s Comac aircraft company is currently underway with the development of its own wide-body aircraft, the C939, positioned to compete with industry stalwarts like the Boeing 787 and Airbus A350 in the future. This strategic move by Comac involves crafting the next iteration with enhanced capacity and extended range capabilities, marking a significant leap forward in technological advancement compared to the current C919 aircraft.

Air China has inked a substantial deal worth a staggering $10.8 billion, based on list prices, to acquire 100 Comac C919 jets, signaling a strong vote of confidence in the domestic challenger to aerospace giants Airbus and Boeing.

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China Comac C919 Total Order

With both China Southern and Air China combining orders for nearly 200 aircraft, the prospects for the new C919 aircraft appear increasingly promising for future fleet growth. To date, Comac has garnered orders for nearly 1,100 aircraft.

China is contemplating the development of another wide-body aircraft, the C939, poised to significantly bolster the aerospace industry in China.

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COMAC has initiated work on the C939, a new wide-body airliner. While design concepts have been formulated, it will still take several years before a prototype materializes, according to reports from the South China Morning Post, citing anonymous sources.

Initially intended to be a joint venture with Russia, plans were halted due to Russia’s decision to safeguard its copyrights and technological advancements within its borders. Consequently, collaboration between China and Russia on aircraft development was discontinued. Sources suggest that China is vigorously pursuing new avenues for the independent development of its own wide-body aircraft, crucial for accommodating larger passenger capacities and extended flight ranges.

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Comac C939 competes with Boeing 777 and A350

Information regarding the program remains limited. COMAC has refrained from commenting on the development of the new aircraft type, stating that official announcements will be made in due course. Nevertheless, the C939 could potentially accommodate up to 390 passengers, positioning it to compete with the largest Boeing 777 and Airbus A350 aircraft.

In addition to the prospective C939, COMAC is already advancing with the development of another widebody aircraft, known as the C929. This aircraft is poised to rival the Boeing 787 and Airbus A330, boasting 280 seats and a range approaching 6,500 nautical miles.

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Since obtaining certification in late 2022, the COMAC C919 has been operational, accumulating nearly 1,000 firm orders, predominantly from Chinese-owned airlines and leasing companies.

With multiple widebody aircraft in the pipeline, COMAC stands to achieve parity with the two leading international aircraft manufacturers. Boeing, with its 777 and 787 models, and Airbus, with the A330neo and A350, both have a comparable range of offerings. However, Boeing’s aircraft are encountering delays and production challenges despite substantial orders, while the A350 is performing commendably, though the A330neo’s order intake has not met initial projections.

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How much does C919 cost?

China is under pressure to fulfill the current orders for the C919 aircraft, prompting plans to expand production facilities across various regions within the country. The aim is to ramp up production capacity for C919 planes to 150 aircraft annually over the next five years. The latest reports indicate that the C919 is priced around $99 million, comparable to the price of Boeing 737 Max and Airbus A320 aircraft, with expectations for further price reductions in the future.

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While the C919 has yet to be certified in major aviation markets outside of China, only four have been delivered thus far. In the long term, COMAC’s widebody aircraft will vie for global competitiveness. One potential benefit of COMAC aircraft could be in reducing China’s reliance on Western aircraft manufacturers. However, this shift won’t happen immediately; the current delivery rate of four aircraft in nearly 18 months is not sustainable, and both Airbus and Boeing have established manufacturing facilities in China to cater to its sizable market.

Nevertheless, assuming COMAC addresses the issues impeding deliveries, there’s a plausible scenario where the manufacturer assumes a significant role, particularly as China’s aviation market continues to expand.

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As the C939 progresses through its development stages, more details are expected to emerge. Comparisons between official specifications of the C929 and C939 will be noteworthy, as will the initial orders for each aircraft type. However, it’s anticipated that neither will undergo test flights or enter into service for several years.

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