The US Army’s famous Cavalry hat is much in evidence at Eurosatory, thanks to an impressive outside display of US Army firepower sponsored by General Dynamics Land Systems and Lockheed Martin, and which comes under the umbrella of the AUSA-organised US Pavilion.
Much of the ‘heavy metal’ on show comes from the service’s famous Cavalry regiments, which are either based in Europe or are here as part of a nine-month rotational deployment.
The Army’s latest battlefield helicopters, the Boeing AH-64E Apache Guardian (pictured) and Lockheed Martin/Sikorsky UH-60M Black Hawk, are represented by examples from the 1st Air Cavalry Brigade’s 1-227 AVN and 3-227 AVN, respectively. The parent 1st Cavalry Division’s 2-8 CAV is presenting the M1A2 SEP, the upgraded version of the US Army’s Abrams main battle tank.
Outside Hall 5A is another collection of US Army vehicles, comprising an M109A6 Paladin self-propelled howitzer, also from the 1st Cavalry (1-82 FA), while the 2nd Cavalry Regiment is displaying an ICV-D Dragoon version of the Stryker infantry fighting vehicle.
Completing the display of US Army in-service hardware is a Patriot launch system from the 7th Air Defense Artillery, part of US Army Europe’s 10th Army Air and Missile Defense Command.