Singapore Airshow 2018: Airbus looks to develop ISR derivative of commercial airliner with an eye on the Asia-Pacific

08 February 2018

Airbus is proposing to develop a military version of its A320neo commercial jet airliner and believes Asia-Pacific countries will be strong candidates to procure the platform.

Speaking at an Airbus media briefing at the Singapore Airshow on 7 February, Fernando Alonso, head of military aircraft at Airbus Defence & Space, said a military derivative of the platform would provide capabilities including intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR), and maritime patrol.

Alonso said, “There is interest from a number of countries in this region. We have been discussing maritime patrol aircraft requirements with countries including Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines.”

Alonso added that the development of the military version of the A320neo (new engine option) will be based on Airbus’ experience of adapting commercial aircraft for military applications, such as the A330 MRTT (multirole tanker transport), as well as the integration mission-system applications on transport aircraft, such as the C295, which has been modernised for maritime patrol missions.

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