Leonardo is showcasing the very latest variant of the AW101 helicopter for the Royal Norwegian Air Force and the P-72A maritime patrol aircraft of the Italian Air Force at the Farnborough International Airshow.
Also on display are Leonardo’s offerings in maritime security and rescue, Intelligence, Surveillance & Reconnaissance (ISR) and training & light attack.
In maritime security, Leonardo’s search and rescue capabilities is being represented, with the display including a Search and Rescue (SAR) variant of the AW101 with its integrated Leonardo Osprey AESA radar, an AW189 and a full scale cabin mock-up of the AW609, the world’s first tiltrotor set to achieve civil certification, in its SAR configuration. For emergency rescues, an AW169 in its utility/air ambulance configuration is also on-show.
Representing Leonardo’s close relationship with its Armed Forces customers and how the Company’s leading capabilities in the maritime security domain are helping them meet their objectives, a Royal Navy AW159 Wildcat is on display, while an upgraded Brazilian Navy Super Lynx Mk21A helicopter highlights Leonardo’s MLU (Mid-Life Upgrade) capabilities for its range of proven military rotorcraft, as well as for naval and land platforms.
For customers with needs in the ISR domain, the P-72A multi-mission aircraft is making its Farnborough debut. Ideal for maritime patrol, prevention of piracy, smuggling, drug trafficking and illegal immigration, the P-72A is equipped with Leonardo’s ATOS mission system and Seaspray E-scan surveillance radar.
At the smaller end of the ISR scale, the AWHERO is representing the company’s expertise in Rotary-Winged Unmanned Aerial Systems (RUAS), being shown equipped with the Company’s Gabbiano TS Ultra-light radar. Leonardo’s remotely-piloted Falco EVO, Leonardo’s tactical fixed-wing unmanned ISR platform that can fly for up to 20 hours, carrying a payload of up to 100 kg, is also on show. The Falco EVO can be equipped with a number of the Company’s world-leading sensor systems, also on show at Farnborough.
“Leonardo is planting the seeds for sustainable growth in its home markets, where defence budgets are increasing, and looking at opportunities in the international markets, where there are a wealth of addressable export and partnership opportunities,” says a company official.
At the airshow, Leonardo is highlighting how the company is currently meeting requirements in these markets by delivering innovative, high technology solutions to its customers and providing cost-effective full through-life support services in domains including airborne sensors, rotorcraft, fixed wing aircraft, unmanned air systems and cyber security.