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DSEI 2021: Defence primes form strategic alliance for VTOL UAS

21st September 2021 - 09:00 GMT | by Ian Parker in London


Leonardo and Northrop Grumman announced their VTOL UAS strategic alliance on 15 September during DSEI. (Photo: Leonardo)

New VTOL UAS would combine Leonardo’s airframe experience with Northrop Grumman’s knowledge of autonomous UAV technology.

Leonardo and Northrop Grumman are joining forces in the VTOL UAS business, with the former allying its rotorcraft expertise with the latter’s experience in autonomous UAV technology to develop new air vehicle design and system architectures.

The two companies added in a 15 September statement during DSEI that they will focus on mission-based CONOPS.

Leonardo and Northrop Grumman have worked together since the mid-1990s when they developed the AN/AAQ 24(V) Nemesis DIRCM for the US and UK. They are also currently working on the US Army’s Common Infrared Countermeasures (CIRCM) project for aircraft protection.

The Australian businesses of both companies

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Ian Parker


Ian Parker

Ian Parker became an aerospace and defence journalist in 1980 on Flight International and started …

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