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Leonardo, Lacroix to Jointly Develop Naval Countermeasures

Leonardo, Lacroix to Jointly Develop Naval Countermeasures 

Atul Chandra - : Nov 19, 2020 - : 5:00 am

Leonardo and Lacroix have inked a strategic agreement to develop and integrate solutions in the naval countermeasures sector.

Lacroix’s SYLENA MK2 Decoy Launching System  (DLS) will be integrated with Leonardo’s Mobile Jammer Target Emulator  (MJTE) anti-torpedo countermeasures.

The agreement between Leonardo and LACROIX will expand market opportunities for both the MJTE countermeasure and the SYLENA MK2 launch system.

The MJTE is part of Leonardo’s new anti-torpedo suite, which includes the towed Black Snake sonar and new OTO Decoy Launching System 20 (ODLS20).

The suite also comprises of Leonardo’s software package which calculates optimum release timing for countermeasures and escape routes for the host vessel.

The SYLENA MK2 features a compact and lightweight form factor, making  it suitable for small and medium-sized vessels.

The SYLENA MK2 DLS is the first “in-service” static anti-missile system operating both corner reflectors (SEALEM) and anti-torpedo countermeasures.

Meanwhile the cutting-edge new capabilities brought by the MJTE will improve the utility of the SYLENA MK2 system.

Following the completion of this integration, both companies will look towards new technologies as well as new business opportunities.

“This agreement reaffirms Leonardo’s ability to interpret, respond to and often anticipate market needs. There is clear synergy in this partnership with LACROIX as together we can offer a sophisticated anti-submarine countermeasure solution, even for platforms with limited space. These require compact and lightweight launch systems which can simultaneously deliver Anti-Air Warfare and Anti-Submarine capabilities,” said Andrea Padella, Head of Defence Systems, Leonardo Electronics.

MJTE is Leonardo’s latest-generation torpedo jamming solution.

It can emulate the signature and acoustics of its host platform and emit a powerful jamming signal to create convincing false targets.

This allows the targeted vessel to perform an effective evasive manoeuvre.

The new MJTE packs a number of protective techniques as compared to other solutions on the market

All this is integrated into a low cost unit and performs effectively at short range.

François MOULINIER, COO of LACROIX Defense said: “Following the work we have undertaken with Leonardo to integrate SYLENA within their Athena-C combat management system as part of ongoing contracts, this collaboration is a natural next step in the development of joint solutions. Leonardo is a major player in the European

The SYLENA DLS static launcher fires only mortars without any pneumatic constraints.

It has a low footprint on deck along with a low recoil force allows for limited acquisition and integration costs.

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