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Leonardo Brings Cutting-Edge Defence Solutions to the Fore

Our Bureau - : Nov 30, 2021 - : 2:48 pm

European defence conglomerate Leonardo is presenting innovative solutions that aid in national defence at the ongoing EDEX.

A product that has been attracting significant interest from potential customers interested in aircraft self-protection, is the Miysis Directed Infra-Red Counter Measure (DIRCM) system. Designed and built in Edinburgh, UK, Miysis has already been delivered to the UK Armed Forces and several other NATO and non-NATO nations.

Leonardo inked a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with French aircraft MRO services provider Sabena Technics this month, to jointly address the emerging market for protected VVIP and military aircraft. Sabena Technics will place a particular emphasis on European, Middle Eastern and African markets for the Miysis DIRCM and look to aid customers looking to modify and equip their aircraft with gold standard protection against infrared-guided missiles.

Leonardo and Sabena technics have been working closely together to deliver Miysis DIRCM protection to an undisclosed customer and this MoU builds on their great working relationship to facilitate collaborative approaches to international customers. Miysis DIRCM works by shining a high-powered laser onto a missile’s targeting system, ‘dazzling’ it and forcing the missile away from its intended target. Leonardo’s decades of experience in laser and precision targeting enables this to happen at lightning-fast speed, allowing Miysis to defend against multiple, simultaneous incoming missiles. Meanwhile, its integrated multiple-head installation ensures complete spherical protection around the aircraft, even during maneuvers, in contrast to more basic single-head systems on the market that suffer from blind spots when the aircraft is not flying straight and level.

Leonardo is also seeing significant interest for its Type 163 laser target designator and received an additional contract award from the British Army in June for more systems to meet its immediate training needs. Leonardo was able to complete the deliveries requested by end of July. No other LTD equals the Type 163 for energy output per kilogram: The designator offers an unparalleled combination of high-power, reliability and high portability. This market-leading capability draws on Leonardo’s experience of building targeting lasers for combat air applications where size, weight, and power (SWAP) are critical. More than 750 Type 163s are in use in 26 countries.

Leonardo recently upgraded the Type 163 with an improved human-machine interface and is adding an integrated digital magnetic compass. Leonardo’s LINAPS Artillery Pointing System is another system, which continues to receive market interest. It is currently in service in the UK, Canada, UAE, Oman, South Africa, Malaysia, and Thailand. The self-contained gun mounted navigation, pointing and weapon management system for all artillery and mortar platforms, has been successfully deployed on operations in the Gulf and Afghanistan with the British Army and Canadian Army.

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