Sarah Lazenby

Daimler-Benz Aerospace (Dasa) has underlined its faith in Asia's long-term economic future and its own market growth by presenting a broad range of products and services at Asian Aerospace '98.

Dasa, through its various joint ventures, is already active in the Asian market.

It is a partner in Airbus, for which Singapore Airlines is the largest A340 customer in the region with 11 of the 17 aircraft ordered already in service.

Twelve orders have been received from Cathay Pacific for the A330 and 11 for the A340.

Dasa also has close ties with the Asian market via its relationship with the French Aerospatiale company in the Eurocopter joint venture.

To date 68 firm orders have been received for the EC120, a five-seater light helicopter, built jointly by Eurocopter, Singapore Technology Aerospace and the China National Aero-Technology Import and Export Corporation/Harbin Aircraft Manufacturing Company.

Dasa's Defence and Civil Systems Business Unit delivered a new Seatrack 7000 vessel traffic service system for the Port of Jakarta in 1997 and a similar system is planned for Singapore. In addition, 21 Indonesian airports are currently being equipped with state-of-the-art runway lighting systems, power supply units and communications networks.

In the military field, Dasa has successfully tested its Towed Decoy - a high-power radar jamming device to protect transport and fighter aircraft.


The system, tested on Panavia Tornado and F-4 Phantom fighters, will be available to customers during this year.

At the show, visitors to Dasa's stand (Stand A421) can find out more about its subsidiary MTU's role in the Eurojet EJ200 Eurofighter powerplant and the IAE V2500 civil engine.

Further information is also available on the planned International Space Station and Dasa's contributions such as the Columbus Orbital Facility space laboratory (COF), the fault-tolerant computer DMS-R and software for complex systems, as well as the wide range of satellite technology.

Source: Flight Daily News