The SD-150 Hero. Photo courtesy of Leonardo
Leonardo has fully acquired Sistemi Dinamici, the manufacturer said at the end of December. Originally a 2006 AgustaWestland and IDS Corp. (Ingegneria Dei Sistemi) joint venture, Leonardo already owned 40% of capital. With it, the company fully acquires the unmanned SD-150 Hero.
A light helicopter, the drone is designed for both naval and land operations. It is a short-range tactical unmanned aerial system with an empty weight of 220 lb, able to fly for five hours with about 33 lb of payload, which can include an ADS-B transponder. The Hero’s autonomy allows it to fly pre-programmed missions, and its ground control station features one pilot and one payload operator seat. Some possible applications for the drone include border control, fire prevention, mining and utility.
Leonardo already has a drone portfolio that includes the fixed-wing Falco and Sky-Y, as well as the Solo rotorcraft. The company said it is the only European outfit that can provide remote piloted solutions for intelligence, surveillance, target acquisition and reconnaissance missions, integrating platforms, radar sensors and electro and mission systems, and ground control.