Leonardo-Finmeccanica has demonstrated its advanced SW-4 ‘Solo’ Rotary Unmanned Air System as well as its airborne sensors such as SAGE electronic warfare and Osprey E-Scan radar systems integrated using its skyISTAR mission management system at the Unmanned Warrior 2016.
The airborne sensors integrated with skyISTAR mission management system supports intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance missions, the company said in a statement Thursday.
Unmanned Warrior provided Leonardo the opportunity to demonstrate to the Royal Navy and other international observers the capabilities of its unmanned rotorcraft and airborne systems in a tactically representative maritime environment.
Admiral Sir Philip Jones, Chief of Naval Staff, said: “Unmanned maritime systems will change how we operate, but they’re just the start. Our pursuit of new technologies and ideas will ensure we remain one of the most capable and successful navies in the world.”
The SW-4 ‘Solo’ Rotary Unmanned Air System (RUAS) is based on SW-4 light single engine helicopter. It is designed for both piloted (Optionally Piloted Helicopter, OPH) and unmanned operations, for maximum operational flexibility.
The RUAS version of the SW-4 is capable of performing a number of roles, including surveillance and reconnaissance and cargo re-supply, in both land and naval environments. When piloted, the SW-4 ‘Solo’ can undertake manned activities including transportation of personnel, surveillance and intervention. The SW-4 is EASA certified, ensuring safe operations when operating in the manned and unmanned modes.
SAGE is an Electronic Warfare support system for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance missions.
It passively collects data from Radio Frequency (RF) emitters at a tactically significant range, compares them with an emitter library identifying and geo-locating any threats. The system is sufficiently flexible to be integrated onto a very wide range of aerial vehicles including fixed and rotary wing aircraft, plus unmanned aerial systems. SAGE is available for export for rotary and fixed wing platform applications.
Leonardo-Finmeccanicas SAGE Electronic Support Measures (ESM ) system has now entered service on the Indonesian Air Forces first modified CN-235 Maritime Patrol Aircraft (MPA). The modification program was led by PT Dirgantara Indonesia (PTDI) and Integrated Surveillance and Defense (ISD) in the US
Poland has invited Lockheed Martins PZL Mielec, Leonardos PZL Świdnik and Airbus for new preliminary talks on supplying helicopters to the countrys armed forces. The three companies were also part of the previous tender for the same purpose
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
Leonardos SW-4 Solo optionally piloted helicopter successfully completed its maiden flight without a safety pilot onboard at Taranto-Grottaglie Airport in Italy. Tests included remote engine start up and shut down with ground run, automatic take-off and landing, hovering OGE (Out of Ground Effect) and acceleration to forward flight, automatic way point navigation to and from the area of operation and simulation of a surveillance mission
Polish Air Force has begun operating CAE-built 3000 Series SW-4 full-flight simulator (FFS) to train its air force cadets at the 41st Air Base School in Deblin. The SW-4 helicopter, developed in Poland by PZL-Swidnik, a Leonardo Helicopter company, is a multi-role light utility helicopter used by the Polish Air Force for advanced pilot training and other utility missions
The German Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment (BAAINBw) on behalf of Dutch Procurement Office (DMO) signed an agreement with Krauss-Maffei Wegmann (KMW) Tuesday to procure five Leguan bridge layer systems on Leopard 2 main battle tank chassis. The procurement plan also includes training simulators, accessory equipment and an option for additional bridge layer systems, the US department of defense announced Tuesday
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