Leonardo unveiled its new unmanned platform – the latest entry in the Falco family – during the Paris Air Show on 17th June in the Leonardo static area.
Paris will also be the first opportunity for guests to see the AWHERO unmanned rotorcraft in its pre-production configuration with the Leonardo Gabbiano Ultra-Light radar installed on-board.
In the training environment, Leonardo is now able to offer access to five training academies, the International Flight Training School (IFTS) in partnership with the Italian Air Force, and a unique range of training aircraft and helicopters. More than 10,000 helicopter pilots and operators were trained at the company’s schools in 2018 and the deployment of three additional M-346 aircraft to the IFTS is another milestone for the institution. The new M-345 also makes its debut at the show, pitched to replace the current fleet of basic trainers in-service around the world. The Italian Air Force has ordered 18 M-345s.
Leonardo continues to invest is its combat aircraft portfolio, which includes proprietary products as the M-346 FA (Fighter Attack) equipped with the company’s Grifo-346 radar. The M-346 FA is a low-cost tactical solution for the modern battlefield, as it offers all the M-346's Advanced Jet Trainer features as well as being able to perform close air support missions, battlefield air interdiction, homeland security, and air policing missions and tactical reconnaissance, as well as providing support for personnel recovery operations in contested areas. In addition, guests will have a chance to see the Eurofighter Typhoon flying at the show.
In the last few months of Leonardo’s helicopter business the U.S. Air Force has selected the MH-139 with Boeing as prime contractor, and the company has won a contract award from Poland for the AW101 for anti-submarine and CSAR duties. In Paris, Leonardo will be exhibiting its AW139, outfitted in a public-utility configuration.
In a recent success, Italy’s Guardia di Finanza ordered 22 AW169Ms from Leonardo for law enforcement. Customers who have procured Leonardo helicopters also have access to the latest technologies in training and services including virtual reality tools and data-driven flight diagnostics, both on show to visitors at Paris.
New for the show, the MAIR (Multi-Aperture Infra-Red) system will be exhibited for the first time. The Company’s Skyward IRST will also be present, alongside the Miysis Directed InfraRed CounterMeasure (DIRCM) and BriteCloud expendable active decoy, which are latest-generation aircraft protection from InfraRed (IR) and Radio Frequency (RF) threats respectively.
In the static area there will be a model of a second-generation COSMO-SkyMed satellite, Italy’s most ambitious space programme in the field of Earth observation. This satellite is expected to be launched at the end of 2019. In partnership with the Italian Space Agency (ASI), Leonardo will also be revealing the first pictures from the PRISMA satellite, which is taking hyperspectral images of the Earth.