Leonardo at DIMDEX 2018
At the 10th edition of DIMDEX (the Doha International Maritime Defence Exhibition & Conference), taking place in Doha (Qatar) 12-14 March, Leonardo is demonstrating its state-of-the-art capabilities in defence, security and aerospace, showcasing a number of key products and systems for the protection of civil infrastructure such as airports, ports, sports stadiums and oil & gas platforms.
At the exhibition, Leonardo’s focus is on its range of naval capabilities, ranging from turn-key combat management systems for maritime surveillance and security, for all classes of military vessels, to naval guns, ammunition and underwater systems. Notably, the new Marlin 40mm small calibre naval gun, which provides a superior level of performance in the most challenging environments, is making its first ever appearance at the show.
During DIMDEX, the Italian Navy’s ‘ITS Carlo Margottini’ European Multi-Mission Frigate (FREMM), equipped with systems designed, built and integrated by Leonardo, is docking at Hamad Port. The frigate also has the NH90 NFH multi-role helicopter on board, with avionics and mission equipment for naval operations produced by Leonardo. Margottini is the third of the ten FREMM-class ships that currently form the backbone of the Italian Navy, and is currently involved in a campaign in the Indian Ocean, Arabian Sea and Gulf to reinforce local cooperation.
Leonardo’s avionics on display at DIMDEX include advanced ISTAR (Intelligence, Surveillance, Target Acquisition and Reconnaissance) capabilities and products including readily-exportable E-scan airborne radars, and Directed Infra-Red Counter-Measure (DIRCM) and Identification Friend or Foe (IFF) equipment. Of note is Leonardo’s significant contribution to both the airframe and the avionics of the Eurofighter Typhoon, 24 of which were ordered by Qatar at the end of 2017.