Leonardo has launched Multiple Aperture Infra-red (MAIR) missile warning system at Paris Airshow 2019.
The new hostile fire indicator system can provide spherical IR-based protection to a range of aircraft platforms, including rotary- and fixed-wing systems, as well as unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and potentially commercial aircraft, according to the company.
MAIR is designed to assist in detecting, identifying, tracking, classifying, and declaring targets, and then cue an appropriate counter-measure system from the aircraft, reports Jane’s.
The system utilises five or six IR detector heads, with the five-headed variant providing 360°×270° coverage, and the six-headed variant providing full coverage. According to Leonardo, each sensor head weighs less than 2 kg, and operates with less than 24 W of power. Environmental operating temperatures range from -40°C to 71°C.
Each optical head has a video output that can be used for video presentation to pilots and crew through either helmet displays or cockpit display systems.
Testing of the system took place in 2018, with full-rate production expected from 2020. The background technology leverages the company's experience in infrared search and track (IRST) systems on the Saab Gripen E and Eurofighter Typhoon.
Leonardo has won a $338 million (300 million euros) contract to supply 13 Alenia Aermacchi M-345 HET (High Efficiency Trainer) aircraft to the Italian Air Force. The contract includes ground-based training systems and a five year logistics support package, the company said in a statement Wednesday
A Leonardo Augusta A109E helicopter crash-landed over the roof of a 51-story skyscraper in Manhattan, New York city, on Monday afternoon, killing one person. “The victim is presumed to be the pilot
Leonardo has won a multi-million Euro contract with prime contractor QinetiQ, to equip Canadian armed forces' surveillance drones with PicoSAR Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA, also known as ‘E-Scan) radars. The company announced the development during the ongoing CanSac defense exhibition in Canada
Vitrociset and Park Air Systems, subsidiaries of Leonardo and Northop Grumman respectively have been awarded a five-year radio replacement contract by Italian air navigation services provider, ENAV. The agreement is to replace ground-to-air communications equipment for airports and the supporting en-route infrastructure
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