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DSEI 2021: Tempest testbed progresses as Leonardo, 2Excel reveal ‘Excalibur’

2Excel Aviation is preparing to transform a former civil-operated Boeing 757-200 into a flying laboratory for combat air technology after it was contracted by Leonardo to proceed with the next stage of the Tempest Flight Test Aircraft programme

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DSEI 2021: BriteCloud set to begin flight trials with US F-16s

Leonardo’s BriteCloud 218 expendable active decoy is quickly progressing towards flight trials with Lockheed Martin F-16C/D Fighting Falcons assigned to the US Air National Guard

DSEI 2021: Leonardo signs SPA with UK MOD on airborne survivability

Leonardo has signed a Strategic Partnering Arrangement with the Royal Air Force, Defence Equipment & Support and the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory to develop platform-level integrated protection systems for UK military aircraft

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Slovakia’s advanced jet trainer competition hots up

The Slovak Air Force is looking for a new advanced jet trainer to replace the obsolete aero L-39CM/ZM Albatros. The delivery of 14 new F-16C/D Block 70s, starting in mid-2023 has made it a top priority, with Leonardo and Aero Vodochody offering solutions

Leonardo’s MAIR system moves into production

Leonardo has announced that its Multi Aperture InfraRed (MAIR) threat warning system has gone into series production, with manufacturing underway on an initial batch for installation on a number of platforms including the Italian Army’s AW169M-based Light Utility Helicopter

Leonardo, Northrop Grumman to deliver CIRCM pointer/trackers to US Army

Leonardo and Northrop Grumman have signed a five-year agreement for Leonardo to provide pointer/trackers for the US Army’s Common Infrared (IF) Countermeasures (CIRCM) programme as it enters full-rate production.

Leonardo boosts US offering with new academy

Italian aerospace giant Leonardo has embarked on a major expansion of its presence in the US with a vast new Helicopter Training Academy. Tom Batchelor looks at what’s on offer and the benefits it will bring

Babcock and Leonardo join forces for FAcT programme

Babcock and Leonardo announced the signing of a Teaming Agreement that will see Babcock Canada and Leonardo Canada working to provide a solution for Canada’s Future Aircrew Training programme

Leonardo to provide airborne protection for Middle Eastern VVIP

Leonardo has been contracted to provide its Miysis Directed Infrared Countermeasure (DIRCM) for a Middle Eastern government customer’s new VVIP-configured Bombardier Global 7500 aircraft

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Turkmenistan receives first C-27J Spartan

The Turkmenistan Air Force has received the first of an undisclosed number of Leonardo C-27J Spartan Next Generation (NG) tactical transports, following its arrival in-country on June 6