Leonardo’s Falco EVO Remotely-Piloted Air System (RPAS), in a maritime patrol configuration, has been deployed from Lampedusa airport (Lampedusa Island) as part of the Frontex surveillance research programme to test its ability to monitor the European Union’s external borders.
Frontex is exploring the surveillance capability of medium-altitude, long-endurance RPAS as well as evaluating cost efficiency and endurance. Leonardo was selected by the European agency under a service contract tender for drone operations for maritime surveillance across the Italian and Maltese civil airspace. The current agreement provides for 300 flight hours and may be extended into a longer-term agreement, the company said in a statement Thursday.
Under the deployment, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) activities are organised by Guardia di Finanza, the Italian Law Enforcement Agency, under coordination of the Ministry of Interior.
The Falco EVO is equipped with a complete on-board sensor suite including the company’s Gabbiano TS Ultra Light radar. This configuration allows it to carry out extended-range day and night-time missions. It will operate under a “Permit to Fly” issued by the Italian Civil Aviation Authority (ENAC). The drone’s configuration being deployed includes a high-definition InfraRed (IR) electro-optical system, a Beyond-Line-Of-Sight (BLOS) satellite data-link system, a new propulsion system based on a heavy-fuel engine, an Automatic Identification System (AIS) and a complete communications relay suite, the company said.
Leonardo conducted the maiden flight of the latest version of its C-27J Spartan aircraft. The new C-27J is characterized by brand new avionics system, new cockpit control panels and LED aircraft lights, Leonardo said in a statement Tuesday
Leonardo announced the signing of a contract with Italys Guardia di Finanza (Italian law enforcement agency) for the production of 22 new generation AW169M twin-engine helicopters. The contract includes a comprehensive support and training package which could be further extended with optional services valued at an additional $112
Leonardo has teamed up with the South Korea (SK)-based LIG Nex1 to bid together to carry out IFF (Identification Friend or Foe) upgrade to the latest ‘Mode 5 standard on aircraft operated by the SK Armed Forces. IFF is central to military operations as it allows armed forces to recognise friends and identify potential hostiles
Leonardo signed a contract with the German Federal Office in charge of defence acquisitions, to provide seven OTO 76/62 Super Rapid Naval Gun systems that will equip the new K130 corvettes of the German Navy. The contract also includes training and spare parts supply
The UK Ministry of Defense has awarded Leonardo a £293 million ($379 million) contract to support the existing fleet of 50 Apache AH MK1 Attack Helicopters. The Apache AH MK1 Integrated Operational Support (IOS) contract will maintain the fleet until its out of service date in March 2024, the company said in a statement Thursday
Leonardo DRS has won a $80 million contract to equip the United States Armys M1A2 Sep v2 and Marine Corps M1A1 main battle tanks (MBTs) with additional Trophy active protection systems (APS). This brings the total funded value of the program to over $200 million and will equip several more brigades with Abrams Trophy, the company said in a statement Tuesday
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