Finmeccanica taking part in LAAD 2013

Finmeccanica – through its companies AgustaWestland, Alenia Aermacchi, Selex ES, OTO Melara, Telespazio and WASS – is taking part in LAAD (Latin American Aero and Defence) Exhibition 2013, which will be held in Rio de Janeiro, Brasil, from 9 to12 April. Finmeccanica will have 3 stand in 3 different Areas, one in the Hall 4 (Aerospace), one in the Hall 2 (Navy), one in the Hall 3 (Land).



AgustaWestland is a leader in the global helicopter market, offering the most complete range of products able to meet the demands of commercial and military customers. The models exhibited include: AW139 Offshore, AW109 LUH, AW159. The AW139 Offshore is a new-generation medium twin-turbine helicopter, setting new standards against which all new medium twin are measured. The AW139 is capable of carrying up to 15 passengers in the most spacious cabin and with the best power reserve of its class. The AW109 LUH is an advanced light utility helicopter which satisfies a wide variety of military missions. The state-of-the-art avionics, cockpit and performance offer the perfect training solution to prepare crews that are moving to larger, more sophisticated aircraft. The AW159 is the new multi-role helicopter, designed to support all aspects of land, littoral and maritime missions, delivering increased performance and benefits from comprehensive state-of-the-art integrated avionics.


Alenia Aermacchi is Italy’s largest aeronautics company. At LAAD Exhibition, the following models will be on display: MC-27J, ATR 42 MP, M-346 and Eurofighter Typhoon. The MC-27J is a new, multi-mission armed derivative of the combat proven Alenia Aermacchi C-27J Spartan battlefield airlifter, with capability added through a modular approach maximizing the use of mission kits/pallets (Roll-On/Roll-Off equipment. The ATR 42 MP is the maritime patrol variant of the ATR 42 turboprop aircraft and is capable of fulfilling, at lowest operational costs, maritime patrol roles such as sea surveillance; vessels search and identification; search and rescue; drug smuggling and piracy control; environmental control (pollution by oil and chemical substances); economic exclusive zone patrol (fishing, off-shore platforms). Now Alenia Aermacchi, with its M-346 trainer, is in the position to propose a well suited aircraft for the replacement of the MB-326 trainer aircraft, which reached the end of its operational life at the end of 2010, in the Lead-In Fighter Trainer (LIFT) roles it was operated in Brazil. Latin America represents an important market also for SuperJet International, a joint venture between Alenia Aermacchi (51%) and Russian Sukhoi holding (49%). The Mexican airline Interjet, first SSJ100 western customer, has ordered 20 Sukhoi Superjet 100.


Selex ES is a major international player in electronics for defence and security with capabilities spanning complex integrated systems such as naval combat management systems, digitalized battlespace or smart cities down to stand alone next generation sensors. At LAAD Selex ES is launching the new Selex ES do Brasil, a wholly owned subsidiary in Brazil that is fully integrated into the fabric of Brazilian industry, able to facilitate contact with customers. A selection of the latest company developments in the airborne ISR and protection domain will be displayed on the Finmeccanica stand and will include the Miysis DIRCM, the recently launched direct Infrared counter measure solution for the international markets, the Seaspray 5000 Multi-Mode AESA surveillance radar, which will be the first E scan surveillance radar to enter into FAB operational service and the Gabbiano surveillance radar that has been selected to equip the KC 390 as well as for other customers in the Country. Selex ES will also showcase SkyISTAR, the advanced ISR mission management system that has just been contracted by its launch customer for a MALE unmanned aircraft system. In the naval domain the company’s capabilities cover the full spectrum of defence electronics form fully integrated management systems such as ATHENA – that has been integrated on the Italian Fremm Frigates, to the showcased operationally proven situational awareness electro-optic system Janus N, on display in the Naval Area in LAAD. In the Land Pavillion, Selex ES will show the micro unmanned aerial systems Crex-B and Drako for surveillance and situational awareness purposes. Into the same area TETRA solution for mission critical and secure communications, together with the Soldier System Radio (SSR) and the Front Line Soldier Radio for encrypted voice communications are also showcased. In the static area there will also be on display the Lyra on Lince, a light transportable radar, the LYRA10, developed for homeland protection applications, mounted onboard of a Light Multirole Vehicle (LMV).


Telespazio is one of the world's leaders in satellite operations, Earth observation and telecommunications services. The company boasts of a 15-year presence on the Brazilian market through its subsidiary, Telespazio Brasil, which provides advanced telecommunication solutions to fixed and mobile operators alike as well as multimedia services to the public and private markets. At the LAAD 2013, Telespazio will present its Mobile Satellite Services solutions, COSMO-SkyMed-enabled Applications, Satellite Image Receiving and Processing Local Station (CUT), as well as its breakthrough crisis management solution I-NAV.


OTO Melara is a world leader in design and production of small and medium calibre naval guns, with research and development capabilities ranging from naval mounts to conventional and guided ammunition, from artillery to land turrets, from missile launchers to airborne armament. At LAAD, OTO Melara will be exhibiting the HITFACT 105mm turret in the Jaraguà Co. stand, together with the models of the HITFIST 30mm Overhead Weapon Station (OWS) and the 40/70mm naval gun. HITFACT® turrets are available with rifled 105mm or smooth bore 120mm guns, the two calibres are in use in the western world for anti-tank role and they can be installed both on tracked and wheeled vehicles, such as the 8x8 Guarani that will be part of the Guarani family, recently acquired by the Brazilian Army.


WASS, recognized for its excellence in Integrated Systems Engineering, is a world leader in Underwater Systems. In the frame of the LAAD 2013 exhibition, WASS presents its following products: the Black Shark, recognized as the best heavyweight torpedo world-wide, already in operational services with a number of major navies; the Black Snake, the world smallest towed array sonar purposely designed to be effective against attacking torpedoes; Acoustic Countermeasures, the unique anti-torpedo countermeasures system capable to effectively protect both submarines and surface ship from torpedo attacks.

Rio de Janeiro 09/04/2013