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Eurosatory 2018: Airstar Deploys Full Range of Aerial Surveillance

Solutions dedicated to air-land security and defence activities

The Airstar Group, major European player in designing and manufacturing tethered aerostats and global leader in mobile lighting balloons for the defence and security industries, is exhibiting at Eurosatory show in hall 6, stand #F598 within the EDEN Cluster Pavilion.

For the first time at Eurosatory, the Airstar Group will gather all solutions dedicated to air-land security and defence activities proposed by its two entities, Airstar Aerospace and Airstar Light.

The defence and security industries account for a growing share of the Airstar Group‘s activity, as the demand for surveillance solutions for the homeland security of states as well as for persistent ISR military solutions is steadily increasing. Romain Chabert, CEO of Airstar Aerospace, explains: “Because of their duration or stationary requirements, some missions cannot be carried out by traditional drones or aircrafts. Our tethered balloons provide the nations and professionals in the industry with the necessary equipment to carry out persistent missions that can extend over several months, while being economically and logistically competitive. Thales Alenia Space’s innovative STRATOBUS programme, of which Airstar Aerospace is a partner, also offers new aerostat surveillance solutions, favoured for long-term missions.”

Capable of carrying payloads ranging from 5kg (for the WHITE HAWK), to 250kg (for the CONDOR), these tethered balloons are able to carry all types of sensors such as EO/IR camera, and relay antenna. This process aims to transmit reliable and indispensable information for decision-making to the ground. Armed and International Security Forces are then able to benefit from Airstar lighting balloons, which can quickly and effectively light an area. The Airstar Group‘s double stand demonstrates this complementarity.

Airstar also unveils its new SIROCCO LED 75000 lm lighting balloon, dedicated to safety. Ultra-mobile and fast to install (two minutes), this balloon is able to light an area up to 3640m2 with a power consumption of only 600 Watts. It has six independent LED modules of 100W, thus minimising the risk of “blackout” during a mission or an operation.

With a lifespan of 50,000 hours and the capability to light up an area up to 22,500m2, the Sirocco range is particularly suitable for emergency and occasional lighting situations, as explained by Nicolas Berfini, industry Market Manager at Airstar Light: “A large number of military and security organizations around the world are now benefitting from the homogenous lighting of these balloons, with 360° diffused light, glare-free and without drop shadow.”

SIROCCO balloons were notably used during the September 11 attacks in New York, and more recently to facilitate the rescue and allow the search of victims by night right after the earthquake in Mexico City in September 2017. In the military field, the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF), has recently trusted Airstar Light for emergency operations.

Eurosatory 2018 is showcasing the future of innovation across the land forces sector and MONCh (Moench Online News Channel at www.monch.com) brings together key developments from the show. For more information please see MILITARY TECHNOLOGY #06/2018, available at the show in hall 6, stand #D198.; and frequently check back for more NEWS FROM THE FLOOR.

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