Leonardo at IDEX and NAVDEX 2017
Important agreements and delegations for Leonardo at IDEX and NAVDEX 2017 exhibitions
The thirteenth edition of IDEX and the contemporaneous fourth edition of NAVDEX, showcases of excellence for technologies in land, sea and air security, and among the most important Defence events in the Arab Gulf region, have successfully concluded.
Industry analysts, journalists and representatives from the institutions were able to see first-hand Leonardo’s technologies. The Company presented itself for the first time in the Gulf region with its new identity inspired by the Renaissance genius Da Vinci.
At IDEX the AW609 VIP-configured cabin was visited, among others, by His Highness Sheikh Mansoor bin Zayed Al-Nahyan, and allowed to analyse more closely the extraordinary potential of the new tiltrotor, which can fly at altitudes above the limits imposed by adverse weather conditions, and comfortably transport up to nine passengers. The AW609 can be configured for SAR applications, law enforcement, maritime surveillance, training, and is especially suitable for the Executive Market.
The videos on space technologies shown at the stand completed Leonardo’s offer on display at IDEX, highlighting the success of the Galileo mission, the great potential of the e-Geos braINT intelligence platform, the COSMO-SkyMed applications for the acquisition of sensitive data and the satellite broadcasting services and satellite in-orbit control activities performed by Telespazio.
At Leonardo’s stand at NAVDEX, a visor with gyroscopic sensors allowed to observe the operation of the new multi-function radars, the Identification Friend-or-Foe and infrared sensors for detecting and tracking targets, as well as advanced, integrated radio and satellite communication systems. HOPLITE (Highly OPerational Laboratory for Integration Testing and Evaluation) replicated part of the superstructure of the new PPA vessel unit (Multipurpose Offshore Patrol) of the Italian Navy and was tested by all the visiting delegations.
At NAVDEX was officially inaugurated the sixth and last Baynunah class corvette Al Hili, manufactured by the Abu Dhabi Ship Building shipyard (ADSB) for the UAE Navy. For the Baynunah programme Leonardo equipped all the six corvettes with its combat management system, the NA25XM fire control system and 76/62 weapon system.
During the exhibition, Leonardo signed important agreements in the defence systems, cyber security, helicopters and land and naval electronic systems sectors. An agreement was closed with the UAE company Siham Al Khaleej Technology and MBDA for the production of SIHAM³, a new system that will ensure anti-air and anti-surface capability to all types of military vessels. The new product, completely "Made in UAE", will integrate the OTO Marlin WS 30 mm naval gun, the electro-optical fire control system Medusa MK4/B and the MBDA Twin Air Defence Mistral missile launcher, cutting-edge systems in air defence and anti surface roles.
On the cyber front, Leonardo will collaborate with IGG, a leading UAE company in the defence and security field, in the design and implementation of Security Operations Centres (SOC) for the protection of infrastructure and organisations.
An important agreement between AgustaWestland Aviation Services LLC and GAL LLC was also signed for the implementation and modernisation of maintenance and support services for the Abu Dhabi Aviation fleet, who was particularly interested in the VIP versions of the AW139 and AW109 helicopters.
Italy was represented by the Undersecretary of State for Defence Domenico Rossi, who was particularly proud of the Italian industry’s capabilities in the defence sector; the Italian Ambassador to UAE Liborio Stellino, the Secretary General of Defence Lieutenant General Carlo Magrassi and Rear Admiral Ruggiero Di Biase, Director of the IV Department - Armament Programs at the Secretariat General of Defence, who experienced the HOPLITE virtual reality first-hand.
The visit to the stand by the Jordanian Prince Faisal bin al-Husayn, the Chief of the United Arab Emirates' Naval Forces Rear Admiral Ibrahim Salem and an Armed Forces delegation from Kuwait, were very prestigious for Leonardo. The Company presented its excellence in the helicopter field: the CSAR-configured AW101 and the naval-configured AW159. A delegation of the Saudi Armed Forces visiting IDEX focused on integrated Communication Command and Control solutions presented by DRS Technologies.
During the exhibition, the Al Fursan aerobatic team performed spectacular stunts and admired the scale model of the M-345 for basic-advanced training of military pilots.
The Leonardo aircrafts caught the attention of the military delegation from Nepal. The stand also hosted a model of the MC-27J, an aircraft provided with Command, Control and Communication (C3) capability; information gathering, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR); real-time data transmission (data link); Search and Rescue, Maritime Patrolling and precision direct and indirect fire to limit collateral damage.
The range of products on display was enhanced by Leonardo’s EASA Kronos radar family, which caught the particular attention of the Serbian Minister of Defence, Zoran Djordjevic, the DART and Vulcano guided ammunition models, the infrared Miysis system, the SWave radio and ATAS sonar.
During the exhibition, Leonardo also announced new orders, such as that from Pakistan to purchase additional AW139 helicopters; that of the French Armed Forces, who chose the PicoSAR radar for the new tactical drone and that from the Italian Navy, which chose to fit the NH90 helicopters with “Mode 5” IFF technology.
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