A leading partner of Middle Eastern nations in the aerospace, defence and security sectors, Leonardo is once again attending the Dubai Airshow (17-21 November, Chalet P8), bringing new technologies and systems and looking for opportunities to cooperate on aerospace solutions. An experienced leader in unmanned systems and solutions for the 21st century metropolis, including counter-drone, cyber security and infrastructure protection, Leonardo is a strategic partner that can create value through successful collaborations, building on its proven track record as a global provider of innovative technology.
This drive toward new technologies is the rationale behind Leonardo’s investment in Skydweller Aero Inc., a start-up specialising in the development of large-scale solar-powered unmanned air systems, meeting international requirements for integrated surveillance architecture. Leonardo and Skydweller will host a dedicated media briefing on the second day of the Dubai Airshow.
Leonardo’s investment in unmanned technologies will be evident at the show, with the Company exhibiting the Falco Xplorer, Leonardo’s brand new surveillance drone, and the unmanned rotorcraft AWHERO. The Falco Xplorer is the largest Remotely-Piloted Air System (RPAS) Leonardo has produced to-date, combining endurance of over 24h with a max payload of 350kg. The Falco Xplorer offers persistent, multi-sensor strategic surveillance for military and civil customers, either as an integrated product or as a managed service. The AWHERO is a state of the art 200kg-class unmanned helicopter developed for land and naval operations. AWHERO is a cost effective solution for tasks such as maritime and border surveillance, homeland security, pipeline and powerline monitoring, environmental and critical infrastructure monitoring and is well-equipped to support rescue efforts, relief work and damage assessment during natural disasters.
Leonardo will also be exhibiting its latest generation AW169 and will highlight the innovative AW609 tiltrotor. The AW169 is Leonardo’s flagship light intermediate helicopter, with five units currently being operated by Falcon Aviation of Abu Dhabi, the launch customer for the offshore variant. Leonardo’s presence in the regional helicopter market is significant, with over 230 of the company’s latest generation civil and military aircraft having been ordered by various Middle Eastern