Many of us believed that European defence industry needs to be fully adapted to the ever-changing needs of the military. So, Italy's Leonardo-Finmeccancia developed its own strategy and vision to address the naval market in a broader fashion, meeting current and future platform and equipment needs, Giovanni Soccodato, Leonardo's Executive Vice President, Strategy, Markets and Business Development, suggested to media. At a press conference held at the company's massive stand, he told that the new, more compact organisation - Leonardo - was to be implemented to introduce "a new set" of technologies, systems, and products, to cope with the current and future requirements of Navies and maritime security organisations at a global scale.

First, there is a completely new Variable Depth Sonar (VDS). This Active Towed Array Sonar (ATAS) brings new benefits for surface ships: enhanced flexibility for Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) operations in the water column; easy adaptability to both in-service and new-construction ship classes. The latter will include Italy's upcoming PPA Multipurpose Offshore Patrol Ship. Due to its reduced weight (3 tons for the module, 8 tons when in combination with the launching equipment), the ATAS can be easily fitted to ships by facilitating their cranes.

Second, there is a "Naval Cockpit" on offer for integrated ship management. The new solution is modular, features a reconfigurable open architecture, and it enables operations with the ship's combat system.

Note: Mönch spoke with Giovanni Soccodato at the sideline of the press conference. Please watch this space for full interview.

Shown at the stand of Leonardo, ATAS is the smallest and most powerful VDS available today. (Photo: Stefan Nitschke)


Stefan Nitschke

Giovanni SOCCODATO, Leonardo's Executive Vice President, Strategy, Markets and Business Development (centre), explaining the company's new structure, new technologies, and future market opportunities. (Photo: Stefan Nitschke)

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