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Leonardo to Provide Falcon Shield C-UAS to Canada

Our Bureau - : Feb 28, 2024 - : 7:28 pm

Leonardo has been awarded a contract by Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC) to supply its Falcon Shield C-UAS (Counter Unmanned Aerial Systems) for use by the Canadian Armed Forces.

The agreement includes delivery of multiple systems and a 10-year sustainment package, offering options for additional equipment and the continuous development of new capabilities. Initial deliveries are expected later this year, enabling the Canadian Armed Forces to deploy Falcon Shield at forward operating bases for enhanced personnel protection.

According to the company, Falcon Shield addresses the increasing threat from group 1 to 3 UAS, which are typically difficult to detect using conventional air surveillance equipment. The system swiftly detects, tracks, and prioritizes threats, empowering operators to neutralize them effectively. Manufactured at Basildon and Southampton sites, the system is already in service with the UK Armed Forces, and available for export worldwide.

In addition to its work with the UK Royal Air Force (RAF), where Leonardo has delivered seven complete ORCUS counter-drone systems as part of the ‘Synergia’ research and development program, the company has also supported the RAF’s national standby capability for Emergency Services. Its C-UAS technology has been deployed during various events, including the 2021 G7 summit and the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games.

Collaborating with the United States Armed Forces, Leonardo integrated the US Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL)’s NINJA technology into the RAF ORCUS system, demonstrating its capability to detect and mitigate multiple small drone platforms in the airspace around airbases.

Photo: Leonardo.


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