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  • UK's First Drone and Helicopter Integration
    UK's First Drone and Helicopter Integration 22 October 2020
    The United Kingdom has integrated Callen-Lenz production semi-autonomous UAV into the mission system of the AW159 Wildcat helicopter. “In this instance, when a helicopter crew controls a UAV from the helicopter like it was an onboard sensor being controlled from the cockpit. By integrating control of the UAV into the Wildcat Mission System, Leonardo was able to minimise the pilots’ workload allowing them to focus more on the mission whilst simultaneously controlling the ...
  • ANKA May Enter Malaysian Inventory
    ANKA May Enter Malaysian Inventory 20 October 2020
    Malaysia's Ministry of Defence has opened an international tender for the purchase of three Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS), particularly Medium Altitude Long Endurance (MALE) platforms. The Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF) is expected to be the possible operator for the drone, but the Malaysian Armed Forces have not specified which force will use the platform. Malaysia is interested in at least four models, including General Atomics MQ-9 Reaper, CAIC Wing Loong, Leonard...
  • First NH90 delivered to the Spanish Air Force for S&R Misison
    First NH90 delivered to the Spanish Air Force for S&R Misison 15 October 2020
    NHIndustries and its Partner Companies (Airbus Helicopters, Leonardo and Fokker) have delivered the first NH90 to the Spanish Air Force that will boost their search and rescue (SAR) and combat search and rescue (CSAR) mission capabilities. The Spanish Air Force will receive 12 NH90s intended to replace its ageing fleet of AS332 Super Pumas and will be based in Cuatro Vientos, near Madrid. Spain has ordered a total of 45 NH90s in the tactical transport version, to be operated by...
  • Tempest's Estimated Economic Value Announced
    Tempest's Estimated Economic Value Announced 15 October 2020
    BAE Systems has released data based on the potential economic contribution of Tempest, the UK's 6th generation fighter jet programme, over the next 30 years. About 20,000 businesses are expected to be supported along with the programme. Together with Tempest, the UK economy is expected to earn £25.3bn by 2050. Bae Systems will soon present a business plan to the government on the program, after which funding will be allocated for the next phase. Production of air...
  • Portuguese Navy Will Wait for Super Lynx
    Portuguese Navy Will Wait for Super Lynx 11 October 2020
      Portuguese Navy will wait for the delivery of the first out of five modernised Super Lynx Mk 95A helicopter until January 2021. Deliveries are planned to be completed in 2021. Leonardo was awarded a EUR69 million contract in July 2016 to modernise the Portuguese Navy’s five Super Lynx Mk 95 aircraft.  The first modernised helicopter completed its maiden flight on 14 February at Leonardo Helicopters' facility in Yeovil, United Kingdom. The modernisatio...
  • Malaysia Opens Tender for New Maritime Patrol Aircraft
    Malaysia Opens Tender for New Maritime Patrol Aircraft 7 October 2020
      The Malaysian Ministry of Defence (MOD) has started to prepare for an international open tender for the acquisition of new Maritime Patrol Aircraft (MPA) to improve its maritime surveillance capabilities. MOD’s Defence Industry Division (BIP), Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF) Acquisition Project Team, and representatives from local and international companies attended to an online briefing for the tender. RMAF wants to acquire two MPA in line with th...
  • Israel and Italy Sign Mutual Purchase Agreement
    Israel and Italy Sign Mutual Purchase Agreement 23 September 2020
    Under the contract, Israel’s Defence Ministry will purchase a "training package" from Italian defence contractor Leonardo.The package includes a total of 12 AW119KX training helicopters and two simulators for the Air Force Flight School. Helicopters will replace the "Pagen" (Bell 206) platforms, which have been in service since the 1970s. The Italian Ministry of Defence will buy spike launchers and missiles from Rafael. The new agreement is a cont...
  • Images from Colombia's New Corvette
    Images from Colombia's New Corvette 22 September 2020
    New images have been shared from the Po Hang-class corvette donated by the Republic of Korea to Colombia. The corvette, called Almirante Tono, shows Leonardo twin 40L70 mm cannons being replaced with two M61A1 Sea Vulcans. Korea carried out adaptation, repair and maintenance work before delivering the platform to Colombia. The ship will move to Colombia at the end of this month (September 2020) and will be deployed to the Caribbean for maritime control and narcotics operations. ...
  • Austria to Buy New Helicopter from Italy
    Austria to Buy New Helicopter from Italy 22 September 2020
    Austria will buy a general-purpose helicopter from Italy. Austrian Defence Minister Klaudia Tanner says they plan to buy 18 AW169M helicopters from Italy for €300m. Italian company Leonardo was chosen from among the U.S. and German companies. The AW169Ms, the military variable of the AW169 helicopter, will replace the Alouette III helicopters, which have been in inventory for nearly 50 years. The helicopter with two Pratt & Whitney Canada PW210A engines is equippe...
  • SAGE 750 Integration into MQ-9B SeaGuardian
    SAGE 750 Integration into MQ-9B SeaGuardian 11 September 2020
    General Atomics Aeronautical Systems (GA-ASI) has integrated Leonardo's sage 750 Electronic Support System into the MQ-9B SeaGuardian Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) system. Developed in collaboration with Leonardo and GA-ASI, system integration will provide intelligence information about marine and land radars in a wide area. GA-ASI CEO Linden Blue said the SAGE 750 will improve users' tactical decision-making skills and ensure easy obtaining of intelligence,...
  • Britain Gets AESA radar upgrade for its Typhoon
    Britain Gets AESA radar upgrade for its Typhoon 4 September 2020
    Britain’s Royal Air Force is on course to get its own multi-functional Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) radar, by the middle of the decade to equip Typhoon combat jets. A U.S. $420 million contract to develop the next generation of radar for Royal Air Force Typhoon jets has been awarded to BAE Systems and Leonardo. British Ministry of Defence and industry announced the deal on Sept 3rd. BAE Systems and Leonardo have signed up to deliver what is known as the European ...
  • Tempest's Technology Level Is Rising
    Tempest's Technology Level Is Rising 25 August 2020
    The UK's 6th generation fighter jet programme Tempest, which is run by BAE Systems, Rolls-Royce, MBDA and Leonardo, has been announced as using digital design concepts for the construction process. BAE Systems said simulation and 3D printing were being used to accelerate the development of fighter jets, which are scheduled to enter active service by 2035.  Conceptual shapes for the aircraft were virtually designed and tested. The scale models were printed in 3D af...
  • Tempest Program to Catch Industry 4.0
    Tempest Program to Catch Industry 4.0 14 July 2020
    The "smart factory" built for the Tempest programme, the next generation fighter jet operated by the UK with bae systems, Rolls-Royce, MBDA and Leonardo subsidiary, has been announced. The new factory, which will be located at BAE Systems' plant in Lancashire, aims to include virtual and increased reality in production. In addition to achieving a cost-effective solution with the new structure, the company says it will facilitate the production of coercive military airc...
  • Japan's Next Generation Fighter Will Be Inventories in 2035
    Japan's Next Generation Fighter Will Be Inventories in 2035 9 July 2020
    Japan has announced new dates in a next-generation fighter jet project to replace f-2 aircraft in its inventory.  The prototype will be produced in 2024 as part of the F-X program for the aircraft, which is intended to be developed with domestic resources.  According to local media reports, the first limited edition is set for 2030, with the new aircraft scheduled to take place in inventory by 2035. Tokyo will work with the United Kingdom in engine deve...
  • 57th T-129 Inventory
    57th T-129 Inventory 25 June 2020
    Defence Industry President (SSB) Professor İsmail Demir announced from his personal social media account that 57th T-129 Atak helicopter entered inventory the Land Forces Command. Demir's statement also revealed its impact on the COVID-19 pandemic defence industry sector. The 56th T-129 Helicopter produced by the Turkish Aviation and Space Industry (TUSAŞ) entered the inventory in December 2019. Some parts and systems are waiting for the production of the TUSAŞ helicopter not on...
  • First 'Hybrid' Meeting in Defence and Aviation
    First 'Hybrid' Meeting in Defence and Aviation 19 June 2020
    The "Industrial Cooperation Days in Defence and Aviation" organized for the fifth time this year will be held through virtual and face-to-face meetings due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The ICDDA event organized by the OSTİM Defence and Aviation Cluster (OSSA) every two years to meet the right people in the Defence, aviation and space sectors, will open its doors in Ankara on October 13-15. The event will have a hybrid structure, as both virtual and face-to-face bilateral busi...
  • Egypt's Frigate Agreement Not Finalized
    Egypt's Frigate Agreement Not Finalized 13 June 2020
    Italian Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio said the formal procedure process for two FREMM frigates planned to be sold to Egypt is still ongoing. An investigation has been launched into the death of Giulio Regeni, an Italian student who was said to have been killed in Egypt after being tortured in 2016. Egypt's Interior Ministry said the student had been killed by criminals. Italy, however, claims Regeni was killed under the supervision of security forces. Because of Egypt's pos...
  • Sector News Issue 83 10 March 2020
    IAI to Manufacture Wings for T-38 Jet Trainers Damen Holds Keel-Laying Ceremony for Nigerian Navy Landing Craft Surveillance-Ready King Air 350ers Start Maritime Patrol Duties Following Delivery by Leonardo Iveco to deliver an additional 26 amphibious platforms to the U.S. Marine Corps GA-ASI Tests Air-To-Space Laser Communication System FNSS Starts Serial Production of HARIMAU Tank ASELSAN’S KALKAN-II Delivered TCG A...
  • Azerbaijani Advanced Jet Trainer Acquisition
    Azerbaijani Advanced Jet Trainer Acquisition 25 February 2020
    Carrying out studies on replace its Soviet-style vehicles with Western systems, Azerbaijan has announced a new platform to replace the advanced jet traininer in its inventory. Baku will replace the L-39 Albatros advanced jet trainer, which have been in service for many years, with Leonardo M-346s. Within the scope of the procurement process announced by President Heydar Aliyev, number of M-346s to acquire, supply schedule and costs were not specified. In May...
  • Falco Xplorer Made Maiden Flight
    Falco Xplorer Made Maiden Flight 20 January 2020
    Falco Xplorer unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), unveiled by Leonardo at the Paris Air Show 2019, left behind an important milestone last week. In a statement made by Leonardo, it was announced that the UAV made its maiden flight on January 15. The test flight conducted at the Trapani Air Base stationed in Sicily, and lasted about 1 hour. Platfom returned to the same base and completed the flight without any problems. Falco Xplorer, is a MALE (Medium Altitude Long Enduran...
  • Leonardo to Provide Training Helicopter
    Leonardo to Provide Training Helicopter 14 January 2020
    Following the announcement of the platform to replace the UH-1s in the Air Force inventory, the USA made its final decision in the process of AHTS (Advanced Helicopter Training System). The winner was Leonardo in the scope of the AHTS Program, which was launched for the replace the TH-57B / C Sea Ranger helicopters in the Navy inventory. Within the scope of deliveries planned to start in 2022, a total of 32 TH-73As will enter the American Navy inventory. The platforms, the...
  • Kuwaiti Typhoon Made Maiden Flight
    Kuwaiti Typhoon Made Maiden Flight 10 January 2020
    Kuwait's Eurofighter Typhoon adventure, which started in April 2016, lef behind an important milestone. Leonardo announced that the first platform that came out of the production line for Kuwait met with the sky. The first flight of the platform, which was named ISPA (Instrumented Series Production Aircraft) 6 configuration, made its maiden flight on 23 December 2019. In the experience of Leonardo's Flight Test Centre in Turin-Caselle, all components of the ISPA 6 ...
  • Reinforcement for Maritime Patrol
    Reinforcement for Maritime Patrol 8 January 2020
    Pakistan is taking firm steps in system procurement processes. The Navy Public Relations Unit introduced ATR-72 aircraft adapted to the maritime patrol missions, which received recently. With the agreement signed with Rheinland Air Services in 2016, the process of adapting two ATR-72s to the maritime patrol requirements had began. Platforms, which equipped with Leonardo Seaspray 7300E AESA radar, Flir production SAFIRE III electro-optic and infrared sensor system and ...
  • Leonardo’s M-40 Target Drone Used to Prove Latest Mistral Missiles
    Leonardo’s M-40 Target Drone Used to Prove Latest Mistral Missiles 25 December 2019
    Leonardo has demonstrated its new M-40 target drone against MBDA-made Mistral surface-to-air missile, in Italy. Leonardo has concluded a series of flights with its M-40 target drone as part of a trials campaign in Italy. This saw the drones simulating modern airborne threats, allowing for the realistic demonstration of MBDA’s latest surface-to-air Mistral missile. The missile intercepted the target, proving its capabilities and allowing MBDA to collect valuable dat...
  • Rafael and Leonardo Delivery
    Rafael and Leonardo Delivery 22 October 2019
    Leonardo and RAFAEL announced that the partners have delivered on time the first Trophy Active Protection Systems to defend the US Army’s M1A2 Abrams main battle tanks against a variety of anti-armour threats. This delivery marks the first of several that will ultimately outfit four brigades of tanks. The deliveries are the culmination of a multi-year qualification process. A joint team of government and industry from both the U.S. and Israel worked together to adapt and integ...
  • Number of Tempest Program Countries Increasing
    Number of Tempest Program Countries Increasing 12 September 2019
    Italy has agreed to partner with UK defence firms to work on the Tempest, the UK-initiated next-generation combat air system. Tempest is a collaboration between the British Government and industrial partners BAE Systems, Rolls-Royce, MBDA and Leonardo. Sweden officially joined the program in July 2019, thus Italy is the third nation to partner on the programme. Gen. Nicolò Falsaperna, Italy’s Secretary General of Defence, and Sir Simon Bollom, CEO of Defence Equipment &...
  • US and Korean Alliance Get Stronger
    US and Korean Alliance Get Stronger 10 August 2019
    The Republic of Korea adds a new one to the defence expenditures it has recently increased. New military platforms to put in the inventory of the Republic of Korea navy. According to the Pentagon's Defence Security Cooperation Agency, Korea will procure 12 MH-60R Seahawk from the US under the approved request. Cost of procurement is approximately 800 million US Dollars. And will be made under the scope of the FMS. Seoul will provide helicopters, as well as hell-borne surface sca...
  • More Jet Trainers to the Mediterranean
    More Jet Trainers to the Mediterranean 21 June 2019
      Recently, Italy, one of the countries on the Mediterranean coast where tensions are at an extreme stage, ordered a jet trainer.  Under the agreement signed with Leonardo for the Italian Air Force, 13 M345HET (High Efficiency Trainer) will be procured. With the agreement signed for aircraft that will replace the old MB339s, the company will provide logistical support for five years, as well as ground-based training systems. Planes to be delivered in 20...
  • Double Support to the Navy
    Double Support to the Navy 21 June 2019
      The Philippine Navy (PN) commissioned two Leonardo AW159 Lynx Wildcat helicopters and four Korean Amphibious Assault Vehicles (KAAVs) in a ceremony held on 17 June at the Naval Base Heracleo Alano in Cavite City. The AW159s as part of a USD 101 million contract signed with Leonardo in 2016, feature anti-submarine warfare (ASW) capabilities. The rotorcraft are expected to be deployed from the PN's two José Rizal-class frigates. The first of these frigates ...
  • Xplorer Unveiled at Paris
    Xplorer Unveiled at Paris 20 June 2019
    Leonardo unveiled its new product at the Paris Air Show 2019. A new member of the Falco family is named Xplorer
    
    As a new member of the Falco family, the system is larger than its predecessors. The system has a wing span of 18.5 meters and a length of 9 meters. The maximum take-off weight of Falco Xplorer was announced to be 1,300 kilograms. Equipped with the Gabbiano T-80UL multimode synthetic aperture radar (SAR), the platform also features LEOSS gyrostabilized electrooptics and SAGE ...
                                                        
  • Leonardo to Deliver Additional M-345 Trainers to Italian Air Force
    Leonardo to Deliver Additional M-345 Trainers to Italian Air Force 14 June 2019
    Leonardo has been awarded EUR300 million to deliver a further 13 Alenia M-345 High Efficiency Trainer (HET) aircraft to the Italian Air Force (Aeronautica Militare Italiana: AMI). The service has a total requirement for 45 such aircraft to replace its MB-339s and augment its M-346s. The contract, announced on 13 June, adds to the five aircraft previously ordered under plans to replace the AMI's current 137 MB-339s and augment its 18 M-346s. Deliveries of the first five M-345s ar...
  • Fair News Issue 74 3 June 2019
    Navantia’s Expectations Are High MBDA Means Missile Leonardo, From All Directions Airbus Have Many Options Altay Move from STE Skif Will See Through DÖRTGÖZ BMC’s Strategic Cooperation for Altay Sharp Eye for Low Altitude Otokar Products Transform ASELSAN Flies High Roketsan Catches the Trend TAI Aims for Higher Altitudes New Thrills at FNSS STM ...
  • Bidding Time for the Republic of Korea
    Bidding Time for the Republic of Korea 14 May 2019
    DAPA (Defence Acquisition Program Administration), the defence procurement agency of the Republic of Korea, has announced that the country has launched the second phase for the new anti-submarine warfare helicopters. In the first phase, Republic of Korea has pruchased eight AW159 Wildcat helicopters. The estimated value is expected to be $ 802 million. It is estimated that US-based Lockheed Martin and Italian Leonardo companies will compete. The timeline for bidding is May 2 to Augu...
  • F-35B Signal from Naval Forces
    F-35B Signal from Naval Forces 1 May 2019
    As the Naval Command's Landing Helicopter Dock (LHD) is on its way, it was revealed that the Navy is in need of trained jet pilots. At IDEF'19 held in Istanbul, Italian company Leonardo and the Italian Air Force held a joint presentation at IDEF. The presentation gave information about the International Flight Training School (IFTS), which provides many types of flight training in the south of Italy. According to the statement, the cooperation of the duo, military pilot...
  • Egypt Prefers Italy Over France
    Egypt Prefers Italy Over France 26 April 2019
    According to unconfirmed reports in the press, the Egyptian Navy will procure 20 AW149 helicopters produced by the Italian company Leonardo. The production contract, which has not been announced officially, was first published by La Tribune, a French news website. Leonardo has not made a statement yet. Egypt last week announced that it was not going to purchase the NH90 helicopters of the French company NH Industries because of the cost and instead was going to award Leonardo. Egypt...
  • AW101 Helicopters for Polish Navy
    AW101 Helicopters for Polish Navy 14 April 2019
    Poland will sign a production contract with Italian Leonardo company to acquire AW101 helicopters configured for anti-submarine warfare (ASW) and Combat Search and Rescue (CSAR) duties with the Polish navy. Polish defence minister Mariusz Blaszczak confirmed the planned buy on 8 April, stating that Warsaw intends to finalise an order during April. The acquisition is believed to include four AW101s. Leonardo Helicopters and Poland's defence ministry have signed an offset agreement worth $1...
  • Sector News Issue 71 16 March 2019
    Daewoo, Back to Roots Leonardo’s Cyber Signature on NATO The USA Said “Gustav” India Seeks Thales’ Hydras Sikorsky’s Two-in-One: HH-60W METEOR Shower beyond the Horizon Ambitious Missile by Rafael  “METE”s in the Inventory MKEK to Supply 50,000 MPT-76  Meteksan’s Kement Launches from the Ground F-16 Fitted with ASELSAN Armour F...
  • First Mission for The Leonardo M-40 Drone
    First Mission for The Leonardo M-40 Drone 19 February 2019
    Italian manufacturer Leonardo announced that its M-40 drone had completed its first operational mission during an exercise in the Italian Navy. Leonardo announced that his target drone, the M-40, had been implemented during an exercise of the Italian Navy. The M-40 has been used to simulate air strikes and to train Italian forces to face a variety of threats. During this exercise, the aircraft carrier Cavour, AV8B + combat aircraft and the destroyer Mimbelli were mobilized. Several ...
  • Carrier Capable Unmanned Wingman
    Carrier Capable Unmanned Wingman 18 February 2019
    The United Kingdom has announced that a new study has been launched under the Tempest project. In this direction, an unmanned wingman will be developed for Tempest. The new unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), which is expected to be the loyal supporter of the platform, is planned to be the aircraft carrier capable.   The United Kingdom Ministry of Defence said the Tempest was developed to be compatible with the Queen Elizabeth class of the United Kingdom. Although the airc...
  • Training Helicopter Tender
    Training Helicopter Tender 30 January 2019
    US Navy decided to replace training helicopters with new platforms in its inventory. In this context, the request for proposal document was published for a new platform to be procured. On January 28, request for proposal document was published for the new helicopter, which was planned to replace the TH-57B Sea Ranger platforms, which would have end of their life. 130 new helicopters will be procured within the scope of the tender to be opened. The deadline for submission of the airc...