As countries have started investing more on anti-drone programs, Leonardo has unveiled its counter Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) capability in the Middle East.
Leonardo’s counter UAS system have already secured Italian and UK airspace and is easily deployable for the protection of civilian infrastructure, a company official says.
The Counter UAS capabilities, which is among the wide portfolio of aerospace, security and defence capabilities that the company is showcasing at the 14th IDEX and 5th NAVDEX exhibitions in Abu Dhabi, is based on an ‘open systems’ architecture, which enables the selection and integration of an appropriate sensor and effector mix for the specific scenario and operator and phase of engagement.
Leonardo is also promoting its new generation pilot training systems that cover the entire flight training syllabus: from basic training, with the new M-345 – which will replace Italian Air Force MB-339s starting from 2020 –, to advanced and lead-in fighter training, with the M-346, which will be presented in its Fighter Attack version.
Since the first IDEX event, in 1993, Leonardo’s products have always featured at this unique showcase in the Middle East region, and long before that, Leonardo was already supporting the UAE’s armed forces with world class products. One example being the supply of SF-260 and MB-339 advanced training aircraft for the UAE Air Force. The MB-339 continues to equip the UAE’s Al Fursan national aerobatic team as well as their Italian counterpart, the Frecce Tricolori.
Leonardo is also marketing its AW139M, AW149 and AW109M Trekker military helicopters, which will be displayed in model form. These helicopters are designed to perform a wide range of law enforcement, search and rescue, security, utility, and troop transport missions, as well as border and coastal surveillance, day or night, in all conditions.
Leonardo’s AW159 multi-role anti-submarine warfare and anti-surface warfare helicopter will be presented at NAVDEX. The new generation AW159 delivers exceptional maritime capability while being able to operate from small ships. The NH90 NFH naval helicopter will also be on display aboard the ITS Margottini.
Leonardo’s helicopters are recognised in the UAE for their high performance, advanced technology and safety. Approximately 90 per cent of the UAE VVIP rotorcraft fleet is made up of Leonardo helicopters and more than 100 Leonardo helicopters are currently operating in the UAE in various roles. Across the Middle East region, more than 280 of Leonardo’s new generation helicopters are in service or on order.
Leonardo’s space technologies, security services for major events and critical infrastructure, and cyber security protection are capabilities that are well known in the UAE. The company is looking to expand its business in the UAE and has already offered solutions for the UAE’s space programmes, security, communication and automation services for transport as well as integrated and secure communication networks for the police service and armed forces.