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  • Kuwaiti Typhoon Made Maiden Flight
    Kuwaiti Typhoon Made Maiden Flight January 10 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 ...
  • Leonardo’s M-40 Target Drone Used to Prove Latest Mistral Missiles
    Leonardo’s M-40 Target Drone Used to Prove Latest Mistral Missiles December 25 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 October 22 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 September 12 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 August 10 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 June 21 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 June 21 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 June 20 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 June 14 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 June 3 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 May 14 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 May 1 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 April 26 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 April 14 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 March 16 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 February 19 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 February 18 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 January 30 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...
  • Leonardo Merges Three Divisions,
    Leonardo Merges Three Divisions, December 17 2018
    Italian Leonardo has announced a major change at organisation chart, which will see three of its seven divisions merged and entrusted to one of the firm’s top British managers, Norman Bone. Leonardo’s Board of Directors approved the creation of the new Electronics Division, reporting directly to the CEO. The current Land & Naval Defence Electronics, Airborne & Space Systems and Defence Systems Divisions will be merged in the new Electronics Division whi...
  • Upgraded C-27J Makes First Flight
    Upgraded C-27J Makes First Flight December 13 2018
    Leonardo's aircraft division has performed the first flight of its C-27J transport in a new baseline configuration. The sortie took place on 3 December from the manufacturer's plant in Turin, northern Italy. Featuring a number of avionics and cockpit upgrades, the new configuration is designed to make the aircraft compliant with next-generation air traffic management requirements and reduce military obsolescence issues.  The upgrades will also be available as a retrofit...
  • OCCAR Formally Invited Airbus To Lead European MALE RPAS Project
    OCCAR Formally Invited Airbus To Lead European MALE RPAS Project November 11 2018
    The European Agency for the procurement of arms, or OCCAR, officially invited the aircraft manufacturer Airbus to participate into tender as the prime contractor for the European MALE RPAS Medium Altitude Long Endurance (MALE) Remotely Piloted Aircraft System (RPAS) The European MALE RPAS, is also known as the EuroMALE. The UAV will be operated worldwide to especially support ISTAR (Intelligence, Surveillance, Target Acquisition and Reconnaissance) missions. The Agency announced on 8 November...
  • Radar to Surveillance Airship
    Radar to Surveillance Airship November 8 2018
    Lockheed Martin announced the integration of SAR (Synthetic Aperture Radar) system into the 74K Aerostat unmanned surveillance airship. As a result of the integration work carried out by the company, Telephonics production RDR-1700B SAR integrated to the airship. SRDR-1700B is able to work above land and sea. It can provide two-dimensional images even a cloud layer. System is able to detect search and rescue transmitters with the inversed SAR radar. In addition to the SAR system, ot...
  • Italy Proposed Typhoon to Bulgaria
    Italy Proposed Typhoon to Bulgaria October 12 2018
    Italy and its defence company Leonardo have submitted their offer to the Bulgarian Ministry of Defence in response to the recent Request for Proposal for the acquisition of eight fighter aircraft to replace their ageing Mig-29 fleet. The offer is based on the supply to the Bulgarian Air Force of Tranche 1 Typhoons from the Italian Air Force and includes also the option for the delivery of newly built aircraft as requested by Bulgaria. Lucio Valerio Cioffi, Leonardo’s...
  • Boeing to Replace T-38
    Boeing to Replace T-38 September 29 2018
    Boeing announced on 27 September it won the US Air Force’s lucrative T-X trainer contract. Boeing beat out Lockheed Martin and a Leonardo-CAE-Honeywell team to replace the USAF's ageing Northrop T-38 Talon trainers. Boeing and Saab AB teamed to offer a clean sheet aircraft with Triumph Group providing the wing, vertical tail, and horizontal tail structures. Lockheed Martin teamed with Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) to offer KAI's T-50A. The Leonardo team offered its T-100....
  • Boeing Wins $2.38 Billion Tender
    Boeing Wins $2.38 Billion Tender September 25 2018
    Boeing will provide its MH-139 helicopter and related support to the U.S. Air Force to replace the more than 40-year-old UH-1N “Huey” helicopters used to protect America’s intercontinental ballistic missile bases. The program awarded today is valued at $2.4 billion for up to 84 helicopters, training devices and associated support equipment. “We’re grateful for the Air Force’s confidence in our MH-139 team,” said David Koopersm...
  • Leonardo: NH90 Qatar Contract Now Effective: Order Booked, Advance Payment Received
    Leonardo: NH90 Qatar Contract Now Effective: Order Booked, Advance Payment Received August 22 2018
    Leonardo announces that it has made effective the contract, signed on March 14, 2018, for the supply of 28 NH90 medium twin-engine multirole military helicopters to the Ministry of Defence of Qatar and has therefore booked the order in its backlog and received the advance payment relating to the contract. The order covers 16 TTHs tactical transports and 12 NFHs naval helicopters. Leonardo acts as overall prime contractor with responsibility for the management of the entire programme...
  • New Helicopters to Philippines
    New Helicopters to Philippines July 31 2018
    The Philippine Navy will receive two AW159 Lynx Wildcat helicopters. Anti-submarine warfare capable helicopters will be delivered in March 2019. When the helicopters are put into service, they will be deployed to the new frigates ordered by the Navy to Republic of Korea. In 2016, the Philippines signed an agreement with Leonardo for anti-submarine warfare helicopter of US $ 101 million. The Lynx Wildcat helicopters, which can be managed by a two-man crew, have a maxim...
  • New COMINT System from the UK
    New COMINT System from the UK July 21 2018
    Leonardo introduced its newly developed COMINT (Communications Intelligence) system. A new system called SPIDER was developed in the UK. The SPIDER, which can operate on the between 20 MHz and 6 GHz, can detect and identify the signals and then analyze and determine the position of the signal source. System is design to be suitable King Air 350, MALE UAVs. COMINT system  consists of an integrated antenna interface with a baseplate of ​​1.4 x 4 m. SPIDER can be in...
  • U.S. Could Partner with United Kingdom on Tempest Jet
    U.S. Could Partner with United Kingdom on Tempest Jet July 17 2018
    US Defence Magazine National Defence stated that there are new possible countries joining to British stealth aircraft program. The magazine quoting a top US Air Force acquisition official, said “The United States could potentially contribute to the development of a new fighter jet envisioned by the United Kingdom”. U.K. Defence Minister Gavin Williamson unveiled yesterday a new stealth aircraft named Tempest at the Farnborough International Air Show. “Tha...
  • UK Unveils Future Fighter Concept
    UK Unveils Future Fighter Concept July 16 2018
    British Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson unveiled at the Farnborough air show a full-size mock-up of Tempest, a conceptual next-generation fighter that he said will fly alongside the Lockheed Martin F-35 and the Eurofighter Typhoon in the Royal Air Force in the mid-2030s. Britain plans to develop this new fighter as a joint venture between British aerospace contractors BAE Systems, Rolls Royce and MBDA UK Ltd in cooperation with Italy’s Leonardo. UK cooperates with Turkish Aerospace I...
  • Leonardo and PGZ To Co-Develop AW249 Combat Helicopter
    Leonardo and PGZ To Co-Develop AW249 Combat Helicopter July 12 2018
    Italian Leonardo and Polish Polska Grupa Zbrojeniowa S.A. (PGZ) signed a Letter of Intent (LoI) to collaborate on the AW249. The new combat helicopter design competes to be in Polish Army inventory. Leonardo and PGZ will explore collaboration in a number of areas including design, manufacturing, final assembly, marketing and aftersales support for the AW249 helicopter. The document reinforces PGZ and Leonardo’s common interest in the development and production of a new combat helicopter...
  • Italy will stop buying more F-35 fighter jets
    Italy will stop buying more F-35 fighter jets July 7 2018
    Italy will not buy more Lockheed Martin Corp F-35 fighter jets and is considering whether to stick to the order to which it is already committed, Defence Minister Elisabetta Trenta said on Friday. According to the official U.S. government program of record, Italy’s intention was to procure a total of 90 F-35s. Under the current plan, Aeronautica Militare is programmed to receive 60 F-35A CTOLs and 15 F-35B STOVLs, while Marina Militare is programmed to acquire 15 F-35B STOVLs....
  • Kenya Orders C-27Js and AW139s from Leonardo
    Kenya Orders C-27Js and AW139s from Leonardo July 4 2018
    Italy’s Leonardo has signed contracts to deliver three Alenia C-27J Spartan and un undisclosed number of AgustaWestland AW139 helicopters to Kenya. Kenyan Treasury Secretary Henry Rotich told the Kenyan Parliament’s Public Accounts committee on June 26 that the government had taken two loans to pay for the new aircraft: one for $198,5 million to pay for the C-27Js, and a second one further €51.8 million to pay for the helicopters. Both loans were extended ...
  • Army to Test IM-SHORAD
    Army to Test IM-SHORAD July 2 2018
    The US Army will supply from Leonardo DRS an IM-SHORAD (Interim Manuever-Short Range Air Defence System) to test the platform. In the statement made by company, it was announced that the system would be developed around Stryker vehicles which are in use in US Army. Leonardo DRS's mission package will also include the Stinger launch system with Raytheon vehicle launcher. Integration of the weapon platform into Stryker vehicles under the program will be realized by General Dynamic...
  • STM competes for Brazilian CCT
    STM competes for Brazilian CCT June 25 2018
    STM announced from its twitter account that the company has signed an MoU with Brasfels Shipyard, Brazil to bid on the Brazilian Navy's Tamandaré-class Corvette (CCT) Project. STM and Brasfels Shipyard will be competing against nine contenders. CCT for Brasil is a variant of the MILGEM Ada Class Corvette. The Navy received on June 18th, nine commercial proposals from companies interested in building the CCT project. According to the Brazilian naval force, the proposals wi...
  • Italian Navy Picked "Black Shark"
    Italian Navy Picked "Black Shark" June 22 2018
    Italy selected a torpedo for use in U212A Class submarines in its inventory. Submarines will be equipped with Leonardo's Black Shark Advanced (BSA) torpedoes. The company will provide the necessary logistical support and equipment along with the torpedoes. "The new torpedo enhance the U212A's submarine defense capabilities" said in the statement made by Leonardo. In the latest version of the Black Shark Advanced torpedoes, the optimizable energy production section ...
  • "Maneuver" Offer
    "Maneuver" Offer May 27 2018
    New short-range air defence system (SHORAD) recommendation came to the US. Italian company Leonardo and it's US subsidiary Leonardo DRS, have a new proposal. The two companies proposed the Maneuver Short Range Air Defense System for the US Army. The system, which integrated on the Stryker vehicle, can use the Hellfire and the Stinger missiles. Maneuver concept which is a short-range air defense system, introduced at AUSA 2018. Maneuver's modular...
  • Canada Indecisive in Search and Rescue
    Canada Indecisive in Search and Rescue May 22 2018
    Sikorsky plans to offer Canada its S-92 civilian helicopter for the Royal Canadian Air Force’s search and rescue operations. The service operates a fleet of 14 Leonardo Cormorants, a variant of the EH-101, for search and rescue and is now working on a project to modernize its search and rescue fleet. Canada is yet to decide whether to buy new aircraft or upgrade the Cormorants. Sikorsky's offer would focus on providing a solution that is more affor...
  • Eurasia AirShow Fair News
    Eurasia AirShow Fair News May 11 2018
    Otonom Teknoloji Exhibits Products From Leonardo, both Attack and Preparation Amphenol, Looking for a Market Nero is Targeting Exports Alp Aviation’s Indigenisation Effort Cargo Show by Antonov Union of Forces against Drones New Step from STM
  • Eurasia Airshow: OK or Over?
    Eurasia Airshow: OK or Over? May 11 2018
    In an environment, where many participating companies and people wondered about the future of this exhibition, we set our prority to clarify the issue. The success of an exhibition is calculated with the opportunities of cooperation offered to its participants. Questions referring to the names and numbers of companies opening stands and pavilions and to the details of high level participants, provide a general picture. Past performance of the event as well as the level of organisati...