Sept 13, 2017: Leonardo, a key player in Aerospace, Defence and Security has signed a contract with RUAG Aviation, a leading supplier, support provider and integrator of systems and components for civil and military aviation worldwide, to provide its Seaspray 5000E Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) radars for the two new production model Dornier 228 multirole aircraft, lately ordered by the Bangladesh Navy. The new aircraft will be used to help monitor and protect Bangladesh’s 120,000 square kilometres of maritime territorial area and exclusive economic zone (EEZ). The radars will be delivered in 2018.
Seaspray, which can detect small targets in rough seas, will be used by the Bangladesh Navy to conduct anti-smuggling and anti-pollution missions and for the prevention of illegal fishing and migration. The new Seaspray-equipped multirole aircraft will also be able to help protect the lives of sailors during natural disasters. This is of particular importance to the Bangladesh Navy as the Bay of Bengal is prone to cyclones and hurricanes.
Leonardo’s AESA surveillance radars are in-service internationally, including with the Australian Maritime Safety Authority, US Navy’s MQ-8C Fire Scout programme. In total, 30 international customers have chosen Leonardo AESA radars.