Loudoun County business developers Bob McCollar and Swanka Burnette are in France this week to meet with international business prospects during the 2019 Paris Air Show.
The annual air show regularly draws more than 300,000 attendees for business networking, including a few familiar faces from Loudoun County. McCollar and Burnette used the opportunity to reconnect across the pond:
1. PAE ISR
On the first day of the show, McCollar and Burnette met with Beth Beach, who serves as the vice president of business development for the Sterling-based PAE ISR.
PAE ISR specializes in national and international unmanned aerial systems-centric security missions, using innovative approaches to tackle complex security issues.
As the original equipment manufacturer of the Resolute Eagle unmanned aircraft system platform, PAE ISR recently signed an agreement with NASA and the FAA to conduct a demonstration in the National Airspace System in 2020 and to work toward full integration of unmanned aerial systems in the NAS.
Resolute Eagle is designed for a heavy payload and vertical takeoffs without a runway. The line of sight and beyond line of sight capabilities make it useful for a range of military and domestic uses.
The company provides expertise in intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance solutions and services to U.S. government agencies, NATO, and other international organizations.
Burnette and McCollar also met with Sterling-based Aeronautical Systems, Inc. on Monday.
ASI provides solutions for military fleets worldwide, in the form of specialized support for fixed- and rotary-wing aircraft. That service covers everything from systems repair and overhaul, to maintenance, aeronautical engineering, supply chain management, replacement parts and logistical support.
Now in business for 29 years, ASI brings vast market and technical knowledge, important global resources and key capabilities in support of mission readiness objectives.
Later in the week, McCollar and Burnette met with J.R. Gear, vice president of strategic programs at L3 Technologies, which makes its unmanned systems home in Ashburn.
The newly combined L3 Unmanned Systems team provides customers with front-end development, execution and support. L3’s team has substantially increased its capability for rapid response to customer needs. L3 works specifically on air-launched and mid-endurance unmanned aerial vehicles and support systems, and has recently turned its attention to unmanned underwater systems as well.
Once referred to by Forbes as the “least visible big military contractor in America,” L3’s proposed merger with Harris Corp. later this year will create the sixth-largest defense contractor in the world. That has brought a lot of attention to the company in recent months.
Recent big news includes a successful pursuit of a $500 million contract to upgrade the cockpits of 176 Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve C-130 airlifters, and a joint venture agreement with the Saudi Arabian Military Industries reached during the air show.
Virginia Business Reception:
The week in Paris also included a business reception hosted by the delegation from Virginia. Dignitaries at the event included Governor Ralph Northam, Secretary of Agriculture Bettina Ring, Secretary of Commerce and Trade Brian Ball, and President & CEO at Virginia Tourism Corporation Rita McClenny: