Leonardo has unveiled its new Gabbiano TS Ultra-Light (UL) surveillance radar integrated onto the company’s ‘Hero’ mini unmanned rotorcraft.
The system will be on display at the Paris Airshow Le Bourget 2017. The new multi-mode, multi-mission, mechanically scanning product, is Leonardo’s lightest-ever surveillance radar, the company said in a statement Friday.
The radar’s compact size and reduced weight (comprising just two units; a 12-inch nose antenna and separate Receiver Transmitter Processor (RTP)) make it ideally suited to such ‘mini’-class unmanned vehicles as well as the smallest manned fixed and rotary-winged aircraft.
The radar has access to the same extensive suite of modes that Leonardo has developed for the Gabbiano family since it was launched in 2008, making it an effective option for over-sea, over-ground and air-to-air surveillance.
Modes include optimised maritime patrol and search & rescue capabilities (small target, high sea state detection and automatic, long-range non-cooperative sea target recognition) as well as high resolution ground mapping (with both strip and spot synthetic aperture radar (SAR) modes), ground moving target indication (GMTI), weather avoidance and air-to-air search and track capabilities. The Gabbiano TS UL can also work with an Automated Identification System (AIS) and can cue electro-optic sensors, making it an effective and competitive solution for maritime patrol missions even from small or mid-size vessels.
The Gabbiano family equips aircraft ranging from unmanned vehicles such as the Hermes 450TM, Hermes 900TM and Leonardo Falco EVO to helicopters including the AW139 and AW101 and fixed-wing vehicles such as the KC-390, Beechcraft B350 and ATR42MP.
Leonardo has opened its AW101 Norway Training Centre that includes a new AW101 Full Flight Simulator (FFS) which will support the training of the country's aircrew. Having been opened at Stavanger Sola Airport, the center also supports other AW101 customers, the company announced Tuesday
Vector Aerospace Corp has begun service on a contract signed with the Pakistan Navy that will see the return to refurbish three Leonardo Helicopters (ex-Westland) Sea Kings. The refurbishment work required to bring the aircraft back to flying condition along with configuring the helicopters to the Pakistani Navy mission specifications will take place at the companys Fleetlands facility in Gosport, Hampshire, UK
Leonardo has launched the new version of its BriteCloud decoy for fast jets, called BriteCloud 218, following trials with Danish F-16 fighter aircraft. BriteCloud is a compact radio-frequency device that is launched by a fast-jet pilot when facing attack from radar-guided missiles
Leonardo Helicopters and IMP Aerospace & Defence (IMP) have re-established “Team Cormorant” to support modernization of the Royal Canadian Air Forces (RCAF) fleet of EH101/CH-149 Cormorant Search and Rescue (SAR) helicopters and expansion of the fleet through the conversion of AW101-519 helicopters. Team Cormorant comprises Leonardo Helicopters, the Original Equipment Manufacturer of the EH101 and AW101 helicopters; IMP, the Prime Contractor for Cormorant In-Service Support; and other key Canadian companies who will supply and support critical aircraft components, technology, systems, simulation and training
Leonardo has released a cyber intelligence solution to counter and prevent the threat of ransomware like the one which recently compromised thousands of computers worldwide. The ransom is a type of malicious software that encodes user data and then demands a ransom to release the data
Leonardo has won 40 million pounds ($52 million) to upgrade anti-missile defense systems of UKs Eurofighter Typhoon fighter jets. "Today's announcement is a clear example of how it (the Typhoon) is being continually enhanced and upgraded so it remains as effective tomorrow as it is today," Defence Secretary Michael Fallon said on Thursday
BAE Systems and Leonardo are collaborating on new precision-guided solutions that will offer US and allied military forces a range of low-risk, cost effective, advanced munitions for advanced, large caliber weapon systems. The two companies anticipate offering new adaptations of Leonardos Vulcano — a family of gun-launched munitions that exceed the performance of currently available precision-guided projectiles — in a variety of gun systems, including the BAE Systems-built Advanced Gun System (AGS) and the Mk 45 naval gun
Leonardo has signed a contract with the UK Ministry of Defence (MOD) worth in excess of 290 million Euros to fit jet fighters, helicopters, warships and missile systems with advanced identification systems. The contract will see Leonardo and HENSOLDT, working together as ‘Team Skytale, upgrade the IFF (Identification Friend or Foe) technology on more than 350 of the UKs operational aircraft, naval vessels and ground-based air defence systems to the latest ‘Mode-5 standard, the company announced Thursday
Leonardo has signed contracts worth more than 100 million Euros with Airbus to provide avionics maintenance for both German and Spanish Eurofighter Typhoon fleets. These contracts will cover all repairs estimated to arise in the next 5 years
Thales will unveil its Ground Fire family, a range of latest-generation multifunction ground radar at Paris Air show 2017 starting this week. The radar system, which is fully digital, will carry out air defence and surveillance missions simultaneously
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