Leonardo Selected to Provide Counter-Drone Technology to Canadian Armed Forces

Leonardo has been awarded a contract by Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC) to deliver its Falcon Shield Counter-Uncrewed Aerial Systems (C-UAS) solution for operation by the Canadian Armed Forces. The agreement includes the provision of multiple systems and a comprehensive 10-year sustainment package, offering options for additional equipment and the ongoing development of new capabilities. Initial deliveries are slated for later this year, with the Canadian Armed Forces deploying Falcon Shield to forward operating bases to enhance the protection of deployed personnel.

Falcon Shield represents the UK’s battle-proven response to the escalating threat posed by group 1 to 3 unmanned aerial systems (UAS), characterized by their smaller size, slower speed, and low-altitude flight profile, which often elude detection by conventional air surveillance systems. Leveraging a blend of advanced sensors from Leonardo and industry partners, the system swiftly identifies, tracks, and prioritizes threats, providing operators with effective means to neutralize them.

Manufactured at Leonardo’s facilities in Basildon and Southampton, Falcon Shield is currently in active service with the UK Armed Forces and enjoys the confidence of allied nations engaged in operational deployments. It is also available for export to customers worldwide. Leonardo continuously enhances Falcon Shield to ensure it remains at the forefront of technological innovation in an ever-evolving security landscape.

For its customer, the UK Royal Air Force (RAF), Leonardo has supplied seven complete baseline counter-drone systems, known as ORCUS within the RAF, as part of the service’s ‘Synergia’ research and development program. These systems are also utilized as a national standby capability in support of the Emergency Services. Notably, the RAF has deployed Leonardo counter-UAS technology during several high-profile events, including the 2021 G7 summit in Cornwall and the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games. Falcon Shield was previously deployed at London Gatwick and Heathrow airports in response to suspected drone sightings during the Christmas period in 2018, facilitating the resumption of air operations.

Leonardo has collaborated with the United States Armed Forces as part of ongoing UK-US joint efforts in counter-drone research and development. Through this partnership, the company integrated the US Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL)’s NINJA technology into the RAF ORCUS system, demonstrating its capability to detect numerous small drone platforms in airspace surrounding airbases and subsequently mitigate them.

Leonardo will showcase Falcon Shield at Canada’s ‘Counter Uncrewed Aerial Systems Sandbox 2024′ exercise, taking place in Suffield, Alberta this June. The system will be deployed to counter drones operated by the Canadian Armed Forces’ ‘red team’ operators during the exercise.

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