Airborne Systems: Senses working overtime

Leonardo is the UK’s largest manufacturer of the sensors and electronic systems which sit under the skin of the world’s most advanced aircraft, effectively acting as their brains, senses and nervous systems.

Protecting pilots, alerting air crews to threats and providing unrivalled situational awareness, our world-class engineering and technology informs decision-making and helps ensure that those in harm’s way come home safely.

Radar

Radar

Leonardo is the European leader in radar technology, with our Edinburgh Centre of Excellence building upon a 75-year heritage in this area. We design and manufacture fire control and surveillance radars that are exported around the world. We lead the consortium developing the Eurofighter Typhoon Captor radar, with our Raven ES05 AESA equipping Saab’s next-generation Gripen jets and our family of Seaspray radars helping the US Coastguard and aircrews worldwide to save lives at sea.

Lasers

Leonardo’s Edinburgh site is home to our world-leading laser capability, with our engineers meeting around 80% of the global demand for high-energy military lasers. The targeting laser on the new F-35 stealth fighter is one of the applications developed by our UK engineering team, as is the beam director for the UK MOD’s defensive Laser Directed Energy Weapon capability demonstrator being developed by the UK Dragonfire consortium.

Lasers

Electronic Warfare

Electronic Warfare

Leonardo has a rich heritage delivering Electronic Warfare (EW) technologies, equipment and training to combat airborne threats across the Electromagnetic spectrum. Systems developed at Luton and sites throughout the country, help protect UK and allied Armed Forces when they fly into combat. Tornado, Harrier, Apache, Wildcat, and Typhoon are just some of the aircraft our technology helped keep safe.