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Leonardo introduces New M-40 target drone at Paris Air Show

Leonardo introduces New M-40 target drone at Paris Air Show
Leonardo introduces New M-40 target drone at Paris Air Show. The 40
<ul> <li><strong>The M-40 provides medium-to-high performance at a cost comparable with entry-level competing target drones</strong></li> <li><strong>Leonardo&rsquo;s Mirach-family drones are the standard threat simulators of Armed Forces around the world including France, Italy and the UK</strong></li> <li><strong>A number of design enhancements, such as the removal of all pyrotechnics, mean that the M-40 is readily exportable and benefits from low through-life-costs&nbsp;</strong></li> </ul> <p><img alt="Clouds1" src="http://www.leonardocompany.com/documents/63265270/80510103/squared_medium_squared_original_Mirach40_S.jpg" />​</p> <p><strong>Leonardo</strong>&nbsp;introduces its&nbsp;<strong>new aerial target drone</strong>&nbsp;to the market at the&nbsp;<strong>2017 Paris Air Show</strong>. Based on the company&rsquo;s experience with its successful &lsquo;<a href="http://www.leonardocompany.com/en/-/mirach-1005" target="_blank"><strong>Mirach 100/5</strong></a>&rsquo; target drone which has earned a place as the standard threat simulator of international Armed Forces including France, Italy and the UK, the new &lsquo;<a href="http://www.leonardocompany.com/en/-/mirach40" target="_blank"><strong>Mirach 40</strong></a>&rsquo; (M-40) is designed to provide medium-to-high performance at a price comparable with competitors&rsquo; entry-level drones.</p> <p>The&nbsp;<strong>M-40</strong>&nbsp;is a remotely-piloted aerial system (RPAS) that supports Armed Forces training by simulating a range of airborne threat targets. Able to convincingly mimic a variety of aircraft and missiles, the target drone can simulate radar, infrared (IR) and visual threats. This allows Armed Forces to &lsquo;shoot down&rsquo; the reusable&nbsp;<strong>M-40</strong>&nbsp;in realistic scenarios, allowing them to train with and qualify a wide variety of weapon systems. Developed in-house by&nbsp;<strong>Leonardo</strong>&nbsp;using commercial components, the&nbsp;<strong>M-40</strong>&nbsp;is readily exportable around the world.</p> <p>Responding to the fact that customers worldwide increasingly need to &lsquo;do more with less&rsquo;, the&nbsp;<strong>M-40</strong>&nbsp;builds on&nbsp;<strong>Leonardo</strong>&rsquo;s experience with the&nbsp;<strong>Mirach 100/5</strong>&nbsp;to offer a majority of the performance of such a model at a significantly reduced cost. The&nbsp;<strong>M-40</strong>&nbsp;is suitable for a range of training purposes, from Ground Based Air Defence (GBAD) artillery training to the simulation of high-performance aerial threats for Navy and Air Force training.&nbsp;<strong>Leonardo</strong>&nbsp;will also continue to offer the&nbsp;<strong>Mirach 100/5</strong>&nbsp;alongside the&nbsp;<strong>M-40</strong>&nbsp;to simulate the highest-performance threats facing modern Air Forces. The&nbsp;<strong>M-40</strong>&nbsp;uses the same ground control station as the&nbsp;<strong>Mirach 100/5</strong>, meaning that pilots need very little training to switch to the new drone and armed forces can operate mixed fleets of&nbsp;<strong>M-40</strong>and&nbsp;<strong>Mirach 100/5</strong>&nbsp;drones.</p> <p>Because the new&nbsp;<strong>M-40</strong>&nbsp;inherits the flight characteristics of the proven&nbsp;<strong>Mirach 100/5</strong>, it comes with a&nbsp;<strong>versatile range of high-performance features</strong>&nbsp;including a low-altitude &lsquo;sea skimming&rsquo; capability and the ability to execute high-G maneuvers, both uncommon in comparatively-priced competing systems. The refined aerodynamics of the&nbsp;<strong>M-40</strong>&nbsp;also allows it to exceed the speed of most twin-engine systems, despite employing a single commercial, multi-fuel engine. The use of a single engine also reduces maintenance requirements and allows for easier deployment even at very remote training ranges. To ensure that&nbsp;<strong>M-40</strong>&nbsp;is easy to store and transport, it is designed to operate without pyrotechnics, even for launch and parachute deployment.</p>