As Nick Jankunas, production manager and principal industrial engineer on the Leonardo-Selex ES Britecloud expendable active decoy ushers ShowNews through the double bank vault-style doors of his team's small, sealed aluminum manufacturing and test center, deep in the bowels of the company's Luton facility, he explains the name staff have given it.
With the British Government otherwise preoccupied since June 23, it remains to be seen whether the previously expected announcement of a contract to buy AH-64E Apaches will be made during the Airshow or not.
If the Typhoon BAE Systems test pilot Nat Makepeace is flying at the Airshow this week seems a little different than before, there's good reason. The aircraft's weapons fit represents the latest evolution of the Eurofighter capability set.
Of all the announcements made in the Conservative Government's Strategic Defense and Security Review of 2015, none had been more widely anticipated and extensively analyzed as the reconstitution of a British maritime patrol and anti-submarine warfare capability.