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.