Leonardo and an Italian polytechnic, Politecnico di Milano (PoliMi) will collaborate on developing technologies for reducing noise and vibration besides reducing pilot workload.
The goal of the programme is to demonstrate a significant vibration and internal noise reduction, through the coordinated use of passive and active systems.
The 'Project Comfort' program will be concentrated on three areas: the rotor, from which the vibrations originate; the main gear box attachments, through which rotor vibrations are transmitted into the helicopter structure thereby reducing the level of comfort, and finally pressure on the airframe itself.
The project will also focus on the mechanical components utilising new lighter materials, bringing advantages in terms of production costs and installation.
A further research project on predictive helicopter maintenance based on its health status will be launched by 2018.
The reference platform for the study is the AW139 helicopter.
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
Leonardo signed a collaboration agreement with Italy to strengthen the training services already offered by the Italian Air Forces 61st Wing and will establish an all new “International Flight Training School” (IFTS) to support military pilot training. Leonardos CEO, Alessandro Profumo, and the Italian Air Force Chief of Staff, Lt
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
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
Leonardo has confirmed that has received an advance payment out of the Euro 3 billion deal to supply 28 NH-90 military helicopters to the Gulf nation. Leonardo signed the contract on March 14, 2018 for the supply of 28 NH90 medium twin-engine military helicopters to the Ministry of Defense of Qatar
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