Leonardo to lead OCEAN2020 program, the first and most important European Defence Agency research tender for naval surveillance technology

 OCEAN2020, a European Defence Fund initiative, will boost technological research in the naval domain also by the integration of unmanned platforms in surveillance and interdiction missions
 Leonardo is a leader in systems integration and will lead a team of 42 partner companies including Saab, Safran, PGZ and MBDA, research bodies such as NATO CMRE and the defence ministries of five countries
 The first operational demonstration will take place in 2019 in the Mediterranean Sea. The demo will involve Leonardo’s ‘Hero’ and ‘Solo’ unmanned helicopters, naval vessels and systems from a number of partners, including Italian Navy’s vessels equipped with Leonardo’s systems

Rome, 12 January 2018 – Leonardo was awarded the most important project related to the first European Defence Found’s initiative, OCEAN2020, to boost Europe’s defence capabilities, issued by the European Union under the ‘Preparatory Action on Defence Research’ programme. The competitive selection was conducted by the European Defence Agency and will be contracted in the coming weeks.

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Records tumble at Billund Airport

On the back of a record-breaking year in 2016, Billund Airport rounded off the last 12 months with all-time highs in both passenger traffic and cargo. Welcoming 284,000 more passengers than in the previous year resulted in a total of 3.4 million passengers travelling through West Denmark’s busiest gateway in 2017. In addition to excellent passenger traffic results, cargo volume reached record levels at Billund with the airport handling 73,000 tonnes, a 9% year-on-year increase.

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Sealed Up, Ready to Go: U.S. Air Force’s SBIRS GEO Flight-4 Missile Warning Satellite Encapsulated for Launch

Current SBIRS’ constellation continues to deliver outstanding infrared surveillance performance

CAPE CANAVERAL AIR FORCE STATION, Fla., Jan. 11, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — The U.S. Air Force’s fourth Space Based Infrared System (SBIRS) Geosynchronous Earth Orbit (GEO) satellite built by Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) was encapsulated on Jan. 9. The SBIRS GEO Flight-4 satellite is now ready for its planned Jan. 18 launch from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida, on a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket.

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Cornwall Airport Newquay comes out top again

Cornwall Airport Newquay (CAN) achieved an exceptional 23% increase in passenger traffic by the end of 2017, making the Southwest gateway the UK’s fastest growing Airport for a second consecutive year. Exceeding its previous strongest year in passenger numbers in 2008, and handling more traffic than ever before, CAN welcomed a total of 453,795 passengers in 2017.

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Milan Bergamo’s record-breaking year

Welcoming over one million more passengers last year than in 2016, adding three new airlines and launching 20 new flights resulted in Milan Bergamo Airport’s most successful year in its history. Recording a healthy overall 10.5% growth in passenger traffic last year saw a total of 12.3 million passengers travel through Italy’s third busiest airport (in terms of annual passengers).

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