Calidus, an Abu Dhabi-based advanced technology company, unveiled the B-250, its new light attack aircraft with multirole capabilities, at the Dubai Airshow. TThe aircraft has already been put through a rigorous testing program and is expected to enter full production in the very near future.
Fully designed from the ground up to address modern warfare requirements in terms of performance as well as operating costs, the Calidus B-250 has generated significant interest among regional and international air forces. Its characteristics make it a contender as a CAS, ISR/Armed Reconnaissance and trainer platform, with an extensive multirole weapons capability.
With Rockwell Collins on board as its strategic partner, Calidus has equipped the B-250 with a fully integrated warfighter cockpit, giving the aircraft the same leading-edge avionics that equip the most advanced fighters.
“Our selection of the Pro Line Fusion integrated avionics system reflects the standards we share with Rockwell Collins, and which we have set throughout all the components of the first military fighter developed entirely in the UAE," said Hamdan Al Shkeili, Calidus Chief Software Engineer and official spokesperson. "It gives the pilot an intuitive touch interface that reduces his workload and enables him to focus effectively on the mission.”
“The UAE aerospace and defense industry continues to grow and Calidus is a part of making that happen," said Colin Mahoney, senior vice president, International and Service Solutions for Rockwell Collins. "We look forward to working with Calidus to provide our expertise to develop new, local capabilities so customers in the region are equipped to succeed”.
Calidus owns 100% of the aircraft’s IP, providing users with a configurational and operational flexibility on par with the B-250’s extensive multirole vocation, and can be configured for either one or two pilots, with full functionality at both positions.