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Leonardo Highlights UAV Leadership at UMEX 2020

: Feb 24, 2020 - : 6:16 am

Leonardo is showcasing its latest unmanned solutions at the ongoing UMEX unmanned systems exhibition in Abu Dhabi (United Arab Emirates).

The company is showcasing a mock-up of its AWHERO Rotary Unmanned Aerial System (R-UAS). A dual-use platform, the AWHERO is able to perform missions such as surveillance, environmental monitoring, public security and civil protection in land and naval domains.

Leonardo is also displaying its Mirach 40 target drone which can mimic a variety of threats ranging from missiles to aircraft.


The AWHERO is the remotely operated 200kg class R-UAS that has been designed to be Military certified. AWHERO is configurable with a wide range of mission systems (e.g. Leonardo Gabbiano TS Ultra-Light multi-mode radar and state-of-the-art EO/IR camera). The R-UAS can transmit real-time radar information and electro optical device imagery to naval and land networked assets in the theatre of operations, granting persistent wide area surveillance. AWHERO has recently performed as part of the OCEAN 2020 European development programme for Maritime Awareness.


The Mirach 40 target drone which is also being offered on a managed services basis or as standalone product by Leonardo. The Mirach 40 can mimic a variety of threats ranging from missiles to aircraft, allowing manufacturers and operators to test and train in operationally accurate conditions. A successful trial campaign was led last November in support of MBDA’s latest Mistral missile.


The Falco Xplorer made its maiden flight in January and is the latest addition to the successful Falco family of UAS currently in operations with 5 international customers. The 350 kg payload can accommodate the Leonardo sensor range including the Gabbiano multimode SAR radar, ELINT, COMINT suite, multispectral sensors.

The new unmanned aircraft is being developed to provide 24/7, all-weather persistent regional surveillance, covering a wide range of missions.

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