Leonardo will unveil the latest in its portfolio of electronically-scanning (E-Scan) radars, the Grifo-E at Farnborough Air Show 2018 to be held this month.
The Grifo-E is the evolution of the well-received Grifo (M-scan) fire control radar for fighter aircraft, which has seen more than 450 units flying with six air forces. Re-using Leonardo’s proven E-scan antenna technology while adding a variety of advanced capabilities based upon a multi-aperture array and multi-channel receiver, Grifo-E offers high-spec E-scan fire-control capabilities in a cost-effective, lightweight and low consumption package.
The system is expected to be qualified in 2019, with first deliveries ready to take place in 2020. It is suitable for light attack aircraft as well as larger aircraft. A flexible, modular system, the Grifo-E can be easily adapted to meet the installation constraints on a wide range of platforms. The new radar has been designed and developed at Leonardo’s Nerviano and Edinburgh sites, making it a European radar product that is readily exportable internationally.
Grifo-E makes use of Leonardo’s leading Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) technology, also known as ‘E-Scan’, hence the ‘-E’ suffix. AESA technology involves a matrix of hundreds of tiny radar modules being used to ‘steer’ an electronic beam, rather than the radar physically moving to point a beam at a target. This means the beam can be moved around extremely quickly, allowing the radar to perform multiple tasks simultaneously. Because the building blocks of the Grifo-E are mature, proven technologies owned by Leonardo, the Company has been able to invest in developing a range of advanced new modes for the radar, fully exploiting the capabilities of AESA, a multi-channel receiver and multi-core processing units.
Meanwhile, the company will also exhibit Leonardo’s Grifo-346 (M-Scan) fire control radar in-place on-board the M-346FA (Fighter Attack) aircraft.
The Grifo radar is currently at an advanced stage of integration onto the M-346FA and will contribute to the aircraft being able to effectively carry-out a wide range of both training and operational missions. The Grifo-346 comes with a suite of field-proven air-to-air, air-to-surface and navigation modes, including high resolution SAR and ISAR. It is able to track up to 10 targets simultaneously in Track-While-Scan (TWS) mode and has a maximum range beyond 50 NM (92 km).
Leonardo has signed a 44 million euros (US$ 51 million) contract to supply an ATR 72MP aircraft to the Italian Customs Police and provide associated logistics support and training services. The contract was awarded following a European tender and includes options which would bring the total value up to 250 million euros (US$290 million)
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Leonardo will provide 5 years support to UK MoD for its pre-flight threat simulation equipment for multiple air platforms. The unique capability assurance solution delivers through the supply of specialist RF-emitting equipment that ensures a defensive aids suite which will work correctly during a mission
Leonardo has signed a collaboration agreement with Slovakia's Konstrukta Defense, a provider of artillery systems in the precision-guided ammunition field. The agreement will see Leonardo's precision-guided Vulcano ammunition integrated onto Konstrukta's ZUZANA 2 155mm/52 cal artillery system, with the two companies going on to jointly market the products internationally
Leonardo has entered partnerships with L3 Technologies and Ultra Electronics Command & Sonar Systems (Ultra) to offer a complete Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) acoustic system based on Leonardos new lightweight ULISSES (Ultra-LIght SonicS Enhanced System) processor. Leonardo will offer an integrated system comprising ULISSES and either a dipping sonar provided by L3 or sonobuoys provided by Ultra, or a combination of both
SEonSE (Smart Eyes on the SEas), Leonardos geospatial maritime security platform, has gone live, the firm announced during the on-going Farnborough International Airshow on July 17. With the use of cloud computing and of advanced big data analysis models, SEonSE makes it possible to access in real-time, even from tablets or smartphones, customised information on what happens at sea, the companys press statement says
Leonardo has won a contract to deliver its ‘Miysis Directed InfraRed CounterMeasure (DIRCM) systems to a Middle Eastern customer. The DIRCM protects aircraft from advanced heat-seeking missiles confusing their targeting sensors
Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) unveiled a prototype for Turkeys jet trainer/light attack aircraft for the first time at Farnborough Airshow, which started in the U.K
The United Kingdom today revealed a model of its proposed new fighter jet, the Tempest at the Farnborough Air Show. Once manufactured, the aircraft will be able to fly either as a piloted aircraft or as an unmanned drone, UK Defence Secretary, Gavin Williamson, said adding that the UK would be investing £2bn in the new project
At Farnborough Air Show 2018, Leonardo will unveil a new Electronic Warfare (EW) communications intelligence (COMINT) product, called ‘Spider for the eight Radio Frequency (RF) antennas contained within the system. Spider is able to intercept and analyse enemy communications in real time
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