Fast growing demand for unmanned aircraft systems

Berlin Air show, ILA 2014 to present UAS for military and civilian uses
Thursday, April 3, 2014

Berlin: Unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) are the fastest growing and most dynamic area within the aerospace sector. A study of the market by the Teal Group in 2013 predicted that annual expenditure on unmanned aircraft systems over the next ten years will more than double from 5.2 to 11.6 billion US dollars.

The ILA Berlin Air Show 2014 is responding to this development with a special exhibition section focusing on UAS together with specialist conferences that will be attended by leading figures in this field. Together the central ILA Plaza and the UAS Pavilion form an exclusive area in Hall 3 for this major section of the ILA, providing a platform for product presentations and for a dialogue between industry, research and development, and also between decision-makers and users. So far more than 20 exhibitors from eight countries have registered for the UAS section with their unmanned aircraft. The ILA 2014 will be taking place from 20 to 25 May at Berlin ExpoCenter Airport, immediately adjacent to BER, the capital’s future main airport.

National and international UAS exhibitors

The larger UAS, designed primarily for military deployment, will be displayed on the central ILA Plaza. The ILA Plaza will feature many major exhibitors: Turkish Aerospace Industry (TAI) from the partner country of this year’s ILA, Turkey, is exhibiting “ANKA“, a medium altitude, long endurance (MALE) UAS system. Airbus Defence & Space will be presenting its entire range of UAS products at the ILA. Elektroniksystem- und Logistik-GmbH (ESG) is presenting its unmanned mission equipment platform (UMAT), which is already being successfully used to trial UAS and avionics systems. Of particular importance in this respect is the associated ground station, which enables all missions to be planned, monitored and observed live. Germany’s armed forces, the Bundeswehr, will be represented on the static display with its UAS systems ALADIN, KZO and LUNA, which have been operating highly effectively for several years.

Wide range of UAS for civilian use

At the ILA 2014 attention will also be focused on smaller UAS, which are mainly intended for civilian use. A dedicated area in Hall 3 features the latest products, services and research findings from 18 UAS manufacturers, service providers and research institutes.

Visitors will be able to see smaller UAS with innovative propulsion systems such as combined VTOL (vertical take off and landing) and fixed wing or cycloidal propulsion units. These systems provide the UAS with virtually unrestricted manoeuvrability and stability. UAS have a wide range of applications from the remote sensing of large and inaccessible areas to reconnaissance and support in the event of disasters, as well as the monitoring of important infrastructures with combined UAS systems, and the broadcasting of sporting events. The quadro or octocopters used for these purposes, together with their ground components and evaluation software, also form part of the display. ADCOM Systems from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) is also represented in the UAS section of the hall with a number of UAS models.

UAS technical conferences augment the exhibits

The UAS exhibition is being augmented by a UAS conference programme. A UAS panel will focus on the “Possible applications of UAS“. A further panel will deal with research and innovation in the UAS field. The speakers will consist of the representatives of domestic and foreign UAS manufacturers and of universities. At the UAS MIDCAS Conference the focus will be on Detect & Avoid Systems and RPAS (Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems) Air Traffic Insertion. After the various papers have been presented the ADCOM company will make available to interested universities and research institutes the results of its research into a new aerodynamic design and the effects on the flight stability and capabilities of UAS. The Bundeswehr is planning a symposium on the subject of “Remotely controlled aircraft“.

Demonstration flights during the trade visitors’ days will provide an overview of the range of applications and the capabilities of smaller UAS. The demonstrations will take place at the most westerly end of the ILA site.