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08 September 2016

Leonardo to Provide Vehicle Mission Systems for Danish Army

Leonardo-Finmeccanica  has  signed  a  contract  with  the  Danish  Defence Acquisition  and  Logistics  Organisation  (DALO)  to  provide  Vehicle  Mission  Systems  for  the  Danish Army’s  land  vehicles. 

Based  on  the  Leonardo  solution,  developed  to  be  fully  compliant  to  the  very latest  Generic  Vehicle  Architecture  (GVA)  technology,  the systems  will  be  fitted  on  several  platforms including  the  newly  procured  General Dynamics European Land Systems (GDELS) PIRANHA  V  APC,  new  Armoured  Patrol  Vehicles,  FFG WISENT  engineering vehicles,  LEOPARD  II  MBTs,  and  CV90  IFVs. 

The  first  production  order  under  the  framework  contract  is expected imminently. Leonardo  was  selected  as  the  chosen  supplier  after  two  competitive  user  field  trials  and  comprehensive through-life  cost  and  supportability  analyses.  Modular  mission  systems  will  be  tailored  to  each  vehicle type  and  role,  with  DALO  able  to  select  the  mix  of  rugged  imaging  sensors  best  suited  to  the  job  (up  to full  360°  colour  and  thermal  imaging  coverage),  while  benefitting  from  the  lower  maintenance  costs  and ease of training inherent to modular systems with common elements. The  mission  system  provided  by  Leonardo  is  based  on  the  UK-led  Generic  Vehicle  Architecture  (GVA) standard  which  is  increasingly  being  adopted  by  other  allied  nations.  GVA  is  an  approach  to  vehicle mission  system  design  that  uses  standard  infrastructure  and  system  control  interfaces  making  it  easy  to train  users,  more  straightforward  to  upgrade  a  vehicle’s  systems  and  reduces  the  cost  of  ownership  by allowing  mission-specific  configurations  and  through-life  upgrades.  The  images  from  the  mission system’s  sensors  are  hosted  on  GVA  multi-functional  digital  displays,  providing  low-latency  digital video.  Images  from  all  sensors  can  be  shared  around  the  vehicle  and  multiple  images  can  be  displayed on screen at the user’s discretion to provide maximum information to suit functional requirements.