Company Seeks to Leverage Long-Established Relationship
At SITDEF 2017 in Lima in mid-May, Leonardo planned to focus its attention on Peru, a market that it has stated is fundamental to its growth strategy.
With an existing relationship with the Peruvian government dating back to the 1980s and supply of MB-339 training aircraft, Leonardo is seeking to deliver modern capability and support to Peru across a range of disciplines, exploiting its One Company organisational philosophy. The M-345 and M-346 trainers and their associated integrated training systems will undoubtedly figure high on the agenda of the company’s discussions during SITDEF.
The Peruvian Air Force is already an operator of the C-27J, having ordered four of the aircraft based on its ability to safely and cost-efficiently operate in all the operational environments of Latin America, including operating from high-altitude, unprepared runways typical of the Andes region and many of the local airfields. The aircraft have proven their value in research, rescue and humanitarian transport roles, especially following the recent devastating floods in Peru.
Complex electronics for defence and security applications have characterised Leonardo’s history in Latin America over the years, with the supply of radars, tactical communications systems and optical sensors. High on the procurement priority list for many of these nations is an enhancement for air defence capabilities – and area in which Leonardo has much to offer. The company has also had considerable success with its helicopters in the southern continent and hopes to expand on the footprint that the LYNX in Brazil, the AW109 in Chile and Mexico, the AW139 in Brazil, Chile, Panama and Trinidad & Tobago and the AW169 in Argentina have established.