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Leonardo completes live sea trials for ULISSES anti-submarine warfare suite

21 November 2019
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The self-contained ASW suite based on Leonardo's ULISSES and Ultra Electronics sonbuoys. Source: Luca PeruzziThe self-contained ASW suite based on Leonardo's ULISSES and Ultra Electronics sonbuoys. Source: Luca Peruzzi

Leonardo announced it has completed live sea trails of new Ultra-Light Sonics Enhanced System (ULISSES) anti-submarine warfare (ASW) suite and expects to finalise development by the end of the year, enabling marketing and production to start in 2020.

"At-sea demonstrating campaigns for potential customers are planned from next springtime as Leonardo is in talks with a number of potential domestic and international customers," said Pietro Vanotti, vice-president of the Combat Air Systems business area of Leonardo's Electronics division.

"Based on the experience gained with the current OTS-90 acoustic system, used

on board Italian and Dutch Navies' NH Industries NH90 Naval Frigate Helicopter, we have developed a new-generation suite which is characterised by enhanced and multi-static capabilities, but reduced weight and footprint, allowing the installation on a wider range of fixed- and rotary-wing platforms, including lightweight assets such as unmanned air vehicles," Vanotti told Jane's .

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