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 UK’s operational aircraft, naval vessels and ground-based air defence systems to the latest ‘Mode-5’ standard, the company announced Thursday.
The team will upgrade the IFF systems, which automatically recognise whether vehicles are friend or foe, on 31 UK platform types.
IFF technology is central to all military operations as it acts as a modernday ‘challenge and response’ password system based on automated electronic signals.
All NATO nations are mandated to switch to the new Mode-5 standard IFF by 2020, which uses advanced cryptographic techniques to secure the systems against electronic deception by adversaries.
This is important when forces are operating together because ensuring that ground, air and naval crews can reliably recognise their allies is one of the main ways of avoiding so-called ‘friendly fire’ incidents.
Under the contract, Leonardo and HENSOLDT will upgrade UK aircraft, naval vessels and ground-based air-defence systems with an out-of-service date after 2020, which covers 11 aircraft types (managed by Leonardo), 18 naval vessel types and 2 land-based platform types (managed by HENSOLDT). The team will also establish a Mode-5 IFF support hub in the UK.
In addition to NATO forces, other nations which want to conduct operations alongside NATO countries will also need to upgrade to the Mode-5 IFF standard.
Under the agreement, the two companies will offer their combined IFF product portfolios to offer a flexible approach that can be tailored to the needs of different international customers.
For the UK upgrade, the team will provide Leonardo’s M428 Transponder and SIT 2010 cryptographic computer and HENSOLDT’s MSSR 2000 I and MSR 1000 I Interrogator.
Notably, the team offers the only source of cryptography key generation technology available outside of the United States, providing an entirely-European source of Mode 5 IFF capability.
The French and Italian major Air Navigation Service providers respectively DSNA (Direction de Services de la Navigation Aérienne) and ENAV (Italian air navigation service provider), alongside industrial partners Leonardo and Thales, confirm their commitment to Coflight, the new generation Flight Data Processing System. The parties decided to reinforce their cooperation to promote Coflight on the European scene by the establishment of a long-term support and maintenance services contract
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
Leonardo has displayed for the first time the M-346FA Fighter Attack version of its M-346 trainer that will be equipped with a variant of the Grifo multi-mode fire control radar. The aircraft can be equipped with a variety of missiles, cannons and guided bombs making it an ideal light attack aircraft
Leonardo has unveiled its new Gabbiano TS Ultra-Light (UL) surveillance radar integrated onto the companys ‘Hero mini unmanned rotorcraft. The system will be on display at the Paris Airshow Le Bourget 2017
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
Leonardo has inaugurated its airborne systems facility in LAquila, Italy that is also home to Thales Alenia Space (a joint venture between Thales, 67% and Leonardo, 33%) which opened a major site in the city in 2013. LAquila, the capital of Italys Abruzzo region, is one of the birthplaces of Leonardos airborne and space systems division
Leonardo has won a £40 million contract to improve the defence of the Typhoon aircraft by upgrading its Defensive Aids Sub System (DASS). The two-year contract, which includes capability work by Leonardo, integration activities by BAE Systems and Ministry of Defence trials, will see the Typhoons 'Praetorian' DASS upgraded in order to meet the UK Air Forces future operational requirements, the company announced Friday
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
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