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Leonardo Closes Deal to Supply Canadian Armed Forces With Advanced Counter-Drone Tech

Leonardo Closes Deal to Supply Canadian Armed Forces With Advanced Counter-Drone Tech

Leonardo DRS has signed an agreement with Public Services and Procurement Canada to equip the country’s military forces with its Falcon Shield counter-uncrewed aerial system.

The Canadian Armed Forces will deploy the counter-drone technology to neutralize rogue drones effectively using advanced sensors to detect, track and prioritize incoming threats rapidly. It boasts a history of success in Italy and the United Kingdom, where it supports British Armed Forces’ mission of protecting the country’s critical assets and national security.

Leonardo’s deal with the Canadian government involves delivering an undisclosed number of systems plus a 10-year sustainment package, which covers options for additional equipment and the development of new capabilities.

The company said it will commence delivery in late 2024. Upon receipt of the initial batch, the Canadian Armed Forces plans to immediately deploy Falcon Shield to forward operating bases to protect deployed personnel.

Leonardo will operate Falcon Shield at Canada’s Counter Uncrewed Aerial Systems Sandbox 2024 exercise in Suffield, Alberta, in June to demonstrate its advanced capabilities against other drones.

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