Leonardo's technology for the new challenges of maritime safety on display at SEAFUTURE

(To Leonardo)

From 5 to 8 June, Leonardo participates in the eighth edition of SEAFUTURE, the main event in Italy dedicated to the marine industry, the Blue Economy, the Navies and governments. In the frame of the Naval Base of La Spezia, Leonardo presents solutions capable of meeting the needs of modern Naval Forces and at the same time protecting an increasingly strategic and vital environment for the economy and the security of nations, such as the maritime one .

Among the novelties present in La Spezia, where the National Diving Center will soon be inaugurated under the aegis of the Italian Navy, the multifunctional console of the Combat Management System (CMS) ATHENA Mk2/U, developed by Leonardo in synergy with the Navy, which will be integrated on board the new submarines U212NFS (Near Future Submarines) of the Armed Forces. The man-machine graphical interface multi-touch of the CMS ATHENA Mk2/U will allow effective and ergonomic access to the system functions and agile management of the operational scenario and of the information collected by the various on-board sensors, also supported by the use of augmented reality.

The CMS ATHENA Mk2/U represents a cutting-edge technology in Leonardo's naval portfolio, built starting from the CMS currently used in surface assets and benefiting from the company's over 20 years of experience in Command and Control. Also making use of an extensive use of Artificial Intelligence algorithms, the new system will offer operators a tactical situation (tactical picture management and situational awareness) complete with the surrounding operational scenario, allowing rapid mission planning and execution. For the underwater domain, Leonardo also develops light and heavy torpedoes, anti-torpedo systems, countermeasures and sonar capable of maximizing the effectiveness of the platforms involved in diving operations. Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW).

In addition to the technologies mentioned, Leonardo's naval offer, already chosen by more than 70 Navies around the world, includes artillery systems, such as modular turrets Family LIONFISH, on stand in La Spezia, to which are added radars, sensors, mission and communication systems, fixed and rotary wing aircraft, manned or remotely piloted, security solutions, capable of guaranteeing the protection and defense of critical infrastructures from cyberspace threats, and missile systems (through its 25% subsidiary MBDA).

Among the excellences present at the 2023 edition of SEAFUTURE, the multifunction electronically scanned radar (AESA) KRONOS Power Shield, conceived by Leonardo for ballistic missile defense. The sensor, operating in L-Band, has a discovery range of up to 1.500 kilometres. With over 500 helicopters deployed in nearly 40 countries for maritime deployments, the company boasts a wide range of models designed for multi-mission and specialized operations, including the best-selling twin-engine in its class, theAW139, with over 1.100 helicopters in service, and the 16-ton class helicopter AW101.

In the segment of remotely piloted systems, Leonardo exhibits the helicopter AWHERO. The platform represents the state of the art of rotary systems uas in the 200 kg class, developed expressly for embarked operations, synergistically exploiting Leonardo's experience and the best technologies. AWHERO's modular architecture allows the interchangeability of a wide range of sensors, including Leonardo's Gabbiano Ultra-Light radar, a key element to ensure superiority in maritime surveillance 2 . AWHERO is the only UAS in its class to be awarded the military certification, to guarantee the highest levels of reliability and mission availability.

In La Spezia also the C-27J tactical transport aircraft, already used in challenging operational contexts. The C27J Spartan Next Generation is equipped with a new avionics featuring a glass cockpit with 5 multifunction color screens, a radar for tactical transport missions and advanced communication systems. Thanks to multiple kits and easily installed and transportable roll-on/roll-off mission systems, the C-27J can be quickly configured in the versions MPA (Maritime Patrol), ASW (Anti-Submarine Warfare) and C3ISR. (Command-Control-Communications, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance). On display then theATR 72MP, capable of carrying out roles ranging from monitoring maritime traffic corridors to protecting fisheries activities, from fighting smuggling and drug trafficking to patrolling Exclusive Economic Zones (EEZs), up to search and rescue (SAR). The aircraft can also be used for transport, anti-submarine warfare (ASW), anti-surface warfare (AsuW - Anti-surface Warfare) and ELINT (Electronic Intelligence) activities.

Lastly, Leonardo presents its own technological platforms to ensure physical and cyber security of critical infrastructure. In particular, solutions capable of collecting and correlating data from fixed and mobile sensors in the field, as well as intelligence information on cyber threats and data from cybersecurity monitoring and management, for next-generation control rooms, and platforms for the virtualization and simulation of real infrastructures, aimed at training in the field of attack e cyber defense and to test the resilience of cyber-physical devices.