U.K. Ministry of Defence selects Leonardo for pre-flight threat simulation support contract
ROME, Italy. The U.K. Ministry of Defence (MOD) selected Leonardo for a sustainment contract to deliver in-service support for its pre-flight threat simulation equipment, currently being used on the Typhoon, Tornado, Merlin, Wildcat, Chinook and C130J platforms. The contract will run over a five year period from 2018 until 2022.
Leonardo’s threat simulation equipment has been designed and developed in the U.K. in partnership with the MOD, using radio-rrequency (RF) technology to provide a wide range of stimulation and test capabilities. The equipment uses special RF-emitting ‘hoods’ and handheld devices to target the particular platform’s sensors and simulates threats using real radar energy whilst the aircraft is still grounded.