Saturday, September 19, 2020

Leonardo-Finmeccanica showcases SW-4 Solo Rotary Unmanned Air System

In October, Leonardo-Finmeccanica participated in the Royal Navy’s Unmanned Warrior 2016 event – the largest demonstration of unmanned maritime systems ever held. Among the technologies the company showcased at the event were the SOLO UAS and the capabilities of the skyISTAR mission management system.

The SW-4 SOLO UAS is based on the proven SW-4 light single engine helicopter and designed for both piloted and unmanned operations, for maximum operational flexibility. The EASA certified UAS version is capable of performing a number of roles, including intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance and cargo re-supply, in both land and naval environments. When piloted, SOLO can undertake additional activities including transportation of personnel, surveillance and intervention.

The SW-4 ‘Solo’ Rotary Unmanned Air System (RUAS) is based on the proven SW-4 light single engine helicopter. It is designed for both piloted (Optionally Piloted Helicopter, OPH) and unmanned operations, for maximum operational flexibility. The RUAS version of the SW-4 is capable of performing a number of roles, including intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance and cargo re-supply, in both land and naval environments. When piloted, the SW-4 ‘Solo’ can undertake manned activities including transportation of personnel, surveillance and intervention. The SW-4 is EASA certified, ensuring safe operations when operating in the manned and unmanned modes.

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SAGE is an Electronic Warfare support system for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance missions. It passively collects data from Radio Frequency (RF) emitters at a tactically significant range, compares them with an emitter library identifying and geo-locating any threats. The system is sufficiently flexible to be integrated onto a very wide range of aerial vehicles including fixed and rotary wing aircraft, plus unmanned aerial systems. SAGE is available for export for rotary and fixed wing platform applications.

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