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Leonardo targets ADF opportunities with Mirach-40

written by australianaviation.com.au | October 4, 2017

Italian defence and aerospace company Leonardo has teamed up with Queensland-based Insitu Pacific to offer its new Mirach-40 target drone to the Australian Defence Force.

The Mirach-40 is a 70 kilogram, 1.5 metre wingspan unmanned aerial vehicle which can fly at almost 400 knots simulating a range of threats including attacking aircraft or, most importantly, sea skimming missiles.

It is the latest of a family of target drones widely used by defence forces in Europe, and is named after a star in the constellation Andromeda.

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Leonardo international marketing manager for airborne and space systems Nicola Toniazzi said this was based on the Mirach 100/5 which had been used by navies and air forces throughout the world.

“The system is ready to be delivered as a service. Leonardo has huge experience as a service provider for UAV platforms, especially for unmanned targets which have operated since the ’70s,” Toniazzi said at PACIFIC 2017 on Wednesday.

Mirach-40 is operated from a control centre in an air-conditioned 20-foot ISO container, complete with power generator and antenna. Flight is by instruments with GPS transponder to show drone location. Missions can be pre-planned for autonomous operation but the operator remains in the loop.

Although a target drone, Mirach-40 isn’t intended to be shot down. For live fire it can tow a target and a miss distance indicator can be installed to indicate just where the shots passed.

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It can also carry different payloads to emulate different threats.

That includes a radar altimeter for sea-skimming, passive radar amplifier to appear as a larger platform, active radar emitter and IR sources.

Toniazzi said Leonardo looked for an Australian partner with UAS experience.

“Insitu is an important company here in Australia, especially for Army and Navy, that delivers to the Australian DoD unmanned systems,” he said.

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3 Comments

  • John Reid

    says:

    Why don’t we just put the Jindivik back into production rather than buying overseas a relatively simple piece of kit?

  • Paul

    says:

    Hi John, I would probably say to bring back the Jindivick would cost to much in terms of logistics, start up costs etc. I agree the Jindivick was great but they are selling this as a ready to go system. Just my opinion. Cheers mate.

  • Jay

    says:

    Have come a long way since the radio guided SM. 79.

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Leonardo targets ADF opportunities with Mirach-40

written by australianaviation.com.au | October 4, 2017

Italian defence and aerospace company Leonardo has teamed up with Queensland-based Insitu Pacific to offer its new Mirach-40 target drone to the Australian Defence Force.

The Mirach-40 is a 70 kilogram, 1.5 metre wingspan unmanned aerial vehicle which can fly at almost 400 knots simulating a range of threats including attacking aircraft or, most importantly, sea skimming missiles.

It is the latest of a family of target drones widely used by defence forces in Europe, and is named after a star in the constellation Andromeda.

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Leonardo international marketing manager for airborne and space systems Nicola Toniazzi said this was based on the Mirach 100/5 which had been used by navies and air forces throughout the world.

“The system is ready to be delivered as a service. Leonardo has huge experience as a service provider for UAV platforms, especially for unmanned targets which have operated since the ’70s,” Toniazzi said at PACIFIC 2017 on Wednesday.

Mirach-40 is operated from a control centre in an air-conditioned 20-foot ISO container, complete with power generator and antenna. Flight is by instruments with GPS transponder to show drone location. Missions can be pre-planned for autonomous operation but the operator remains in the loop.

Although a target drone, Mirach-40 isn’t intended to be shot down. For live fire it can tow a target and a miss distance indicator can be installed to indicate just where the shots passed.

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It can also carry different payloads to emulate different threats.

That includes a radar altimeter for sea-skimming, passive radar amplifier to appear as a larger platform, active radar emitter and IR sources.

Toniazzi said Leonardo looked for an Australian partner with UAS experience.

“Insitu is an important company here in Australia, especially for Army and Navy, that delivers to the Australian DoD unmanned systems,” he said.

Steer your own in-flight experience – available on print and digital Whether our classic glossy magazine in your letterbox, daily news updates in your inbox, peeling back a few layers in the podcast or our monthly current affair reports, you can count on us to keep you up to date. Sign up today for just $99.95 for more exclusive offers here. Subscribe now at australianaviation.com.au.

3 Comments

  • John Reid

    says:

    Why don’t we just put the Jindivik back into production rather than buying overseas a relatively simple piece of kit?

  • Paul

    says:

    Hi John, I would probably say to bring back the Jindivick would cost to much in terms of logistics, start up costs etc. I agree the Jindivick was great but they are selling this as a ready to go system. Just my opinion. Cheers mate.

  • Jay

    says:

    Have come a long way since the radio guided SM. 79.

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