Over 250 units of Leonardo Finmeccanica's Man-portable Laser Target Designator (LTD) have been procured over the last two years, following a surge in orders for the product.
10 customers in the US and Europe have now procured the high-energy, man-portable laser systems, the company announced today.
The contracts are a boost for Leonardo’s laser business which encompasses around 75% of the global market for high-energy military lasers.
Leonardo’s Type 163 LTD has been designed to support Joint Terminal Attack Controllers (JTACs), the military service members responsible for supporting fellow troops by directing close air support.
Traditionally, laser target designators have proved too heavy and bulky for JTACs to take into front-line operations, causing problems with target identification in close combat operations.
Leonardo introduced the Type 163 LTD as a solution to this problem, building on its previous experience in the military lasers market where size, weight and power requirements are critical, the company announced Wednesday.
The system provides laser-designation and range-finding in a highly-portable (less than 2.3kg) package. Since being introduced, Type 163 LTDs have been proven in action with US Special Operations Forces (SOF), who has used them continuously for the past two years on combat operations in Afghanistan and the Middle East.
Several further US Department of Defense services have followed Special Operations Forces in selecting the Type 163 LTD including US Air Force JTACs and parts of the US Air National Guard. Other nations are also actively using the Type 163 LTD and have benefitted from the system’s immediate and accurate target identification capabilities.
The company provides targeting lasers for the F-35 aircraft, Apache helicopter and for the Northrop Grumman Litening and Lockheed Martin Sniper targeting pods.
The Type 163 is typically a third of the size of competing land-based systems, includes immediate firing from switch-on and a continuous lasing capability, and produces a high-energy laser with a narrow beam divergence.
US Navy will be equipping its newly-upgraded unmanned helicopter MQ-8C Fire Scout with Leonardo-Finmeccanicas Osprey electronically scanned radar, helping expand crews surveillance capabilities aboard US combat ships. The helicopter will be launched from the decks of US naval combat vessels to keep watch for distant threats
Leonardo-Finmeccanica is exhibiting a “naval cockpit” that enables the integrated management of ship-board operations with a vessels combat system at the ongoing Euronaval 2016. The new Combat Management System features a modular and reconfigurable open architecture that can be customized depending on the demands of a given mission
Leonardo-Finmeccanica announced today that five firm orders have been signed for AgustaWestland AW169 helicopters by different Brazilian corporate and private customers. The announcement comes following an official presentation of the new generation model to nearly 100 pilots from across Brazil and held at the end of August, introducing capabilities, avionics and interior options available to AW169 VIP customers
The contract for the definition study of the European MALE RPAS (Medium Altitude Long Endurance Remotely Piloted Aircraft System) Programme, assigned to Airbus, Dassault Aviation and Leonardo-Finmeccanica has been launched at a kick-off meeting chaired by the Organisation for Joint Armament Cooperation (OCCAR). The two-year definition study starts from September 2016
Leonardo-Finmeccanica's Aermacchi M-345HET (High Efficiency Trainer) two-seat basic jet trainer has completed its first flight Thursday The test flight of the prototype was taken from Venegono Superiore airfield (Varese, Italy) on December 29. The aircraft was flown by Quirino Bucci and Giacomo Iannelli
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