Leonardo’s Multiple Aperture Infra-Red (MAIR) system installed on a testbed helicopter has completed its first flight test, the company announced Tuesday.
The MAIR system provides crews with spherical missile warning, Hostile Fire Indication (HFI), day and night imaging and Infra-Red Search and Track (IRST) functionality.
It departed from La Spezia on the coast of Italy on a round-trip flight path which took it past nearby Genova. During the test, the MAIR operated as expected and was able to record data throughout the flight. Further flights will now take place to verify the MAIR’s full suite of modes.
MAIR is platform-agnostic and can also be integrated on fixed-wing combat aircraft as well as larger transport and surveillance aircraft. It can boost survivability by automatically cueing protective measures such as the Company’s Miysis Directed Infra-Red CounterMeasure (DIRCM) system in response to threats. In this scenario, MAIR would detect, track, classify and declare if an incoming missile is a threat and then pass the information to Miysis, which would then defeat the missile by shining a laser precisely onto its seeker, steering the missile away from the host aircraft.
The company has produced Skyward-G IRST system for Saab’s Gripen E jet, and PIRATE IRST system for Eurofighter systems earlier.
Leonardos TH-119 helicopter has received Instrumental Flight Rules (IFR) supplemental type certification by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The TH-119 single-engine helicopter allows pilots to operate the aircraft safely in low visibility and challenging weather conditions, owing to its designed by advanced avionics by Genesys Aerosystems and redundant helicopter flight systems
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
Leonardos Falco Xplorer drone unveiled at the Paris Air Show 2019 is free from United States International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) regulations being entirely designed and manufactured in Europe. In addition, its technical characteristics place it within the Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR) class II category which together with the ITAR-free status make the Falco Xplorer readily exportable around the world, Leonardo announced
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