A contract for 10 drones is the first for the Mirach 100/5 V2, which features new engines, advanced new avionics and enhanced reliability. The Mirach 100/5 V2 will accurately simulate hostile aircraft and incoming missiles during training exercises, allowing Armed Forces to train with radars and weapon systems in realistic scenarios.
Leonardo’s Mirach family also includes the M-40, which provides medium-to-high performance at a price comparable with competitors’ entry-level drones. Armed Forces use Leonardo’s target drones to simulate enemy airborne threats during training exercises, allowing them to launch air-to-air and surface-to-air missiles at realistic targets. The target drones can appear on sensors as a range of threats from enemy aircraft to guided missiles, ensuring that training for weapon and radar operators is as true-to-life as possible.
The Mirach 100/5 V2 target drone has been selected in an international competition. Leonardo will supply 10 of the drones as well as their ground control station and associated training, spares and support, with deliveries due to commence in the second half of 2022. The contract is the first to be placed for the latest model of Leonardo’s Mirach family, the Mirach 100/5 V2, which is an evolution of the successful Mirach 100/5 featuring a range of mid-life upgrades. The Mirach 100/5 target has been a standout success for Leonardo over the last decades, becoming one of the most widely used training drones operated by international navies and air forces. Sixteen armed forces including those of Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Spain and the UK have trained with the Mirach 100/5.
In order to keep the Mirach 100/5 relevant for current and future requirements, the company has recently completed work on a mid-life upgrade programme to create the Mirach 100/5 V2. The V2 model features a new engine, advanced avionics, improved reliability and the removal of obsolescence from the system. With this upgrade, the Mirach 100/5 V2 is ready to simulate the latest, high-performance threats for years to come. Alongside the Mirach 100/5 V2, which replaces the Mirach 100/5 in Leonardo’s portfolio, the company also offers the M-40 target drone, which provides medium-to-high performance at a price comparable with competitors’ entry-level drones. As well as direct purchase of the drones, customers are able to contract Leonardo to deliver Mirach capabilities under a drones-as-a-service model. Here the company owns and operates its own fleet and provides a managed service to the customer, a prime example being Leonardo’s contract with the Italian Air Force.
Leonardo S.p.A., formerly Leonardo-Finmeccanica and originally Finmeccanica, is an Italian multinational company specialising in aerospace, defence and security. Headquartered in Rome, Italy, the company has 180 sites worldwide. It is the eighth largest defence contractor in the world based on 2018 revenues. The company is partially owned by the Italian government, which holds 30.2% of the company’s shares and is its largest shareholder. On 1 January 2016, Leonardo-Finmeccanica became a single industrial company by integrating the activities of its subsidiaries AgustaWestland, Alenia Aermacchi, DRS Technologies, Selex ES, Oto Melara and WASS. The company is organised into five divisions (Helicopters, Aircraft, Aerostructures, Electronics, Cybersecurity). It is also the parent company and corporate centre for the subsidiaries and joint ventures Telespazio, Thales Alenia Space, MBDA and ATR. The company changed its name to Leonardo S.p.A. on 1 January 2017, after the Italian inventor Leonardo da Vinci.