Leonardo-Finmeccanica begins the test campaign of its remotely piloted helicopter SW-4 ‘Solo’ after its first successful flight yesterday, in order to verify the aircraft’s operational characteristics and validate flight procedures, in both normal and emergency conditions.
Mauro Moretti, CEO and General Manager Leonardo said: “The SW-4 ‘Solo’ is testimony of Leonardo’s industrial commitment and innovation in unmanned aircraft, a sector of increased global competition and is part of a portfolio of solutions making Leonardo the only European company able to provide a complete ‘unmanned’ system. When presented with an advancement of technology, the winning regions are those who can adapt to market needs. Grottaglie is an example of this.”
Yesterday's activity was part of a collaboration started in 2015 between Leonardo, Aeroporti di Puglia (AdP) and the Distretto Tecnologico Aerospaziale Pugliese (DTA) for the “Grottaglie Test Bed,” which is a candidate to become the Italian solution to the national and European industry demand for the testing of unmanned aircraft. The flight campaign, carried out in collaboration with the DTA and Ente Nazionale Aviazione Civile (ENAC, the Italian Civil Aviation Authority), will continue during the first few months of 2017. The validation of procedures and regulations for the use of unmanned aircraft are among its key objectives.
The ‘Solo,’ derived from the SW-4 helicopter produced by Leonardo in Poland and equipped with advanced systems and sensors also made by the company in Italy and the UK, is designed to operate with or without pilot on board.
The ‘Solo,’ recently returned from a successful demonstration campaign in the UK, is an innovative solution for activities such as hydrological and critical infrastructure monitoring, firefighting, search and rescue, patrol, and disaster relief activities.
Leonardo-Finmeccanica delivered the first two of a total four ATR 72MPs, a multirole Maritime Patrol, Electronic Surveillance and C4I aircraft, to the Italian Air Force today. Designated P-72A by the Italian Air Force, the aircraft will replace the Air Forces obsolete Breguet Atlantic
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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
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Leonardo Finmeccanica has signed industrial and trade partnership agreement with Algerian Ministry of defense last month to establish a joint company to produce light and medium weight category helicopters at an industrial site. After the completion of the facility and during the early years of activity, the joint company aims to manufacture three different AgustaWestland helicopter types for various uses including transport, medical evacuation, surveillance and control, the company announced Friday
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
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
Leonardo-Finmeccanica has acquired full control of Sistemi Dinamici from IDS Friday. The control of the company, which involved the remaining 60 percent of shares, is aimed at further strengthening Leonardo in unmanned products thanks to the acquisition of the new unmanned lightweight helicopter SD-150 Hero program
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