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2024-03-04

ILA to Focus on Next-Gen Flight with Green Tech, AI

From sustainable aviation fuels (SAF) and hydrogen to electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) aircraft and Artificial Intelligence (AI) in military aviation, ILA Berlin 2024 (June 5-9) is set to showcase the latest developments in international aerospace.
 
Taking place at BER Airport, ILA Berlin stands out as the foremost trade show for sustainability, new technologies, and innovation, serving as a nexus for the global aerospace industry, policymakers, armed forces, and scientific community. 
 
ILA comprehensively covers the industry’s entire value chain, with a specific focus on Aviation, Space, Defence & Support, Suppliers, and Advanced Air Mobility. Following the trade visitor days from June 5 to 7, the event welcomes the general public on the weekend of June 8 and 9.
From Airbus to Zapp Precision Metals, numerous companies have already confirmed their attendance. 
 
Diverse Array
Alongside industry giants Airbus and Boeing, exhibitors at ILA Berlin feature a diverse array, encompassing Aerodyne Aircraft Development, Aviation Initiative for Renewable Energy in Germany (aireg), the Fraunhofer Institute, GE Aviation, Kawasaki, Lufthansa Technik, MTU Aero Engines, Rolls Royce, and SAFRAN. 
 
In the Space segment, ArianeGroup and Jena-Optronik will make notable appearances, complemented by a vibrant presence of startups and small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) at the new Space Hub. ILA also hosts several federal ministries, including those dedicated to Digital and Transport, Economics, Climate Action, and Defence.
 
The European Commission’s unprecedented representation by three Directorates General at ILA 2024 signifies the event’s commitment to establishing a landmark for European unity, free market competition, and sovereignty. 
 
The Defence & Support segment, which comprises the Defence Park and Military Support Center MSC, is also well-attended. Companies there will include Bombardier Defense, Diehl Defence, Elbit Systems, Hensoldt, Israel Aerospace Industries, Lockheed Martin, MBDA, the Norwegian Defence and Security Industries Association, OHB, Rafael Advanced Defence Systems, Rheinmetall, Rohde & Schwarz and Saab, as well as the German Bundeswehr as the largest single exhibitor at ILA.
 
Defence Park 
A notable addition to this year’s show is the Defence Park, situated on the outdoor display area and in Hall 3. Here, exhibitors will showcase their innovations, featuring military aircraft, precision-guided munitions, reconnaissance systems, as well as solutions for disaster control and policing measures. Hall 3 will also house the Military Support Center (MSC), offering insights into the collaborative efforts of the German Luftwaffe and industry to sustain the operational capability of aircraft and equipment.
 
The Defence Park is an extension of the Static Display. Exhibits here include numerous aircraft and large items of military equipment, such as a Eurofighter and Tornado, a fifth-generation F-35 multirole combat aircraft, an A400M transport aircraft, IRIS-T, PATRIOT and ARROW3 air defence systems, as well as unmanned aerial vehicles. 
 
Visitors can have the opportunity to closely examine the Eurofighter and NH90 helicopter, displayed with meticulous technical detail. They can explore the composition of these aircraft and gain insights into their maintenance processes. Both trade visitors and the general public can uncover fascinating information about military aviation equipment. Alongside the exhibits on the Static Display, captivating air displays will further enhance the experience for attendees. 
 
In the civil aviation displays, the focus will be on emerging technologies and sustainability. The Aviation segment will delve into various facets of carbon-neutral flight, encompassing electric propulsion systems, sustainable aviation fuels, additive manufacturing, and noise reduction technologies. 
 
The ILA Future Lab, organised by the German Aerospace Industries Association (BDLI) and the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action, will project their vision into the future. 
 
Future-oriented state-funded research and technology projects will be showcased. Special attention will be given to the development and utilisation of SAF. 
In the Advanced Air Mobility segment the spotlight will be entirely on transport in the third dimension – ranging from unmanned aerial vehicles to vertical take-off and landing aircraft (eVTOLs).
 
Space Segment 
There will also be a special emphasis on the Space segment. The Space Pavilion will serve as a convergence point for the global space flight community. Ministries, agencies, and representatives from science and space agencies will be presenting their innovations, demonstrating how space flight advancements can contribute to improving life on Earth. Exhibits will include upcoming climate observation satellites like EarthCare and Sentinel-2C, as well as the new Ariane 6 rocket booster, all scheduled for launch later this year.
 
The International Supplier Center ISC is the platform for the supply chain, which is the backbone of the industry. This is where OEM buyers and tier-1 vendors can hold meetings and build leads.
 
A total of four stages are hosting a comprehensive programme featuring fascinating information on key ILA topics. In addition to discussions with experts from industry, science, the armed forces and policymakers, various formats dwell on the latest aerospace topics.
 
Talent Hub 
The Talent Hub will be a new highlight of this year’s show, providing a platform for students, career starters, and experienced skilled workers seeking job opportunities to connect with companies. On June 7, ILA Talent Day will feature keynote speeches addressing the latest industry topics, company slams, and talent tours. 
 
Workshops and an interactive stage programme will invite children aged eight and above to explore the captivating world of aerospace. 
 
ILA 2022 Recap
In 2022, ILA Berlin welcomed around 72,500 visitors, 550 exhibitors from 80 countries, and 800 journalists, who reported on site. The programme of the novel five ILA Stages featured 360 speakers in expert talks, panel discussions, debates, and science slams on the future trends in aerospace. With the CareerHub, ILA brought together students, young professionals, and experienced professionals, providing networking and career progression opportunities, and helping aspiring pioneers prepare for a career in the world of aviation and aerospace.
 

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