Leonardo opens new airborne systems facility
Leonardo has inaugurated a new airborne systems facility in L’Aquila, Italy, the company announced on 25 July.
The facility will be home to the company's advanced technology including Mode-5 identification friend/foe (IFF) systems for military aircraft and equipment for airborne communications.
The site covers 4,500 square metres and is now built to resist earthquakes, following damage to the buildings on the site during a 2009 earthquake. The site is also highly energy efficient and can produce electricity from renewable sources.
Alessandro Profumo, CEO of Leonardo, said: ‘The opening of a new industrial park, where technologies are developed by highly skilled, specialist staff, is a concrete symbol of Leonardo’s commitment to the revival of the Abruzzo region’s economy.
‘The expertise of our people here in L’Aquila contributed to Leonardo having recently been awarded a major contract by the UK Ministry of Defence to upgrade the IFF systems on more than 350 aircraft, ships and ground emplacements. We are confident that this site will be an important driver for growth in the region.’
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