Military Communications | Leonardo in the UK

The company is recognized as the supplier of choice for the design, development and manufacture of a wide range of interoperable defense communications systems that leverage Leonardo’s leading capabilities, fully integrated and provisioned in battlespace platforms across the defense spectrum, meeting the most demanding aviation means, land and sea applications.

These solutions provide military users with the flexibility to operate in increasingly congested and contested environments by adapting to constraints through the use of intelligent media and information management, proprietary compression techniques. Leonardo also offers this capability with software-defined transceiver technology, providing the means to dynamically deploy multiple open standards or custom protocols and frequencies to combat modern threats.

Leonardo has 45 years of experience in the field of counter-explosives, providing the Guardian suite of systems to armed forces around the world. Leonardo is leveraging its software-defined radio (SDR) expertise to extend its long legacy in force protection, developing next-generation systems and waveform applications that will provide armed forces with enhanced protection against the evolving lethal threat of Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) as well as enabling the deployment of Cyber ​​and Electromagnetic Activities Capability (CEMA). in the battlespace.

In the field of electronic warfare (EW), Leonardo’s capabilities include the Electronic Attack (EA) system of the Communications Denial Subsystem (CoDeSS), designed to disrupt the enemy’s use of the HF to UHF communication bands. In addition, Leonardo provides full land and sea EW training equipment along with airborne EW equipment for the NATO Joint Electronic Warfare Headquarters (JEWCS) agency. This capability allows NATO forces to simulate the effects of realistic enemy electronic warfare equipment for training purposes.

Leonardo offers world-class capabilities as a communications integrator in the maritime domain for both surface and underwater vessels. Backed by years of unique experience in the design and development of a wide range of secure naval communications technologies and systems, we provide communications and carrier management solutions for on- and off-platform communications that reduce the cognitive burden on operators and support modern mission scenarios. Our intelligent information management applications increase the efficiency of data transmission – essential for reducing bandwidth requirements and when communicating with disadvantaged users on and off platforms. Our solutions range from enabling components for individual platforms to providing fully integrated platform communication systems.

In the air domain, Leonardo is developing the sensor and communication systems technology for next-generation aircraft as part of the Future Combat Air System (FCAS) program, working with the UK Ministry of Defense and industrial partners such as Team Storm. Key capabilities being developed include:

  • Aircraft Integrated Communication System (ICS)
  • Data Management and Security System (DMASS)
  • Beyond Line of Sight (BLOS) satellite communication system
  • In-Vehicle Data Link (IVDL)

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