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DSEI: Leonardo teams with Inzpire and DA Defence on UK ASDOT solution

Posted 13 September 2017 · Add Comment

It was announced at DSEI that Leonardo has teamed with Inzpire Ltd. and Discovery Air Defence Services Inc. (DA Defence) to develop and deliver a customer centred, low-risk, live air training solution for the UK Ministry of Defence's Air Support to Defence Operational Training (ASDOT) programme.

The companies will combine their capabilities, expertise and experience in live air aggressor training, air warfare training, Electronic Warfare and airborne systems integration to deliver a highly capable and scalable solution to support ASDOT’s live fly tactical training needs through the mid-2030s.

DA Defence and Inzpire first announced a relationship in February 2017 to combine their unique capabilities to support ASDOT. Leonardo now joins the team with years of experience and expertise in designing and delivering long term, complex programmes for the UK MOD, including in world-class airborne systems, radars and electronics. The team intends to deliver the most operationally and technically relevant fleet and technical solutions to support ASDOT training requirements.

Leonardo is at the forefront of UK innovation in airborne systems and services, delivering advanced technologies such as radars, sensors and electronic warfare systems to the British Armed Forces. The company partners with the UK Ministry of Defence to deliver contracts that often span multiple platforms, systems and services. An example is the UK’s Mode 5 IFF upgrade programme which Leonardo is delivering in Partnership with Hensoldt. Leonardo has extensive experience in working with the RAF on their Typhoon and Tornado aircraft and on the UK Forces’ fleet of helicopters, providing advanced technology, training, services and support.



Inzpire is a British company founded in 2005. As a joint-services organisation with more than 1,600 years of military experience, and 200,000 flying hours across the Royal Air Force, British Army and Royal Navy, the Company delivers a range of Defence Managed Services in addition to Mission Systems products. Inzpire delivers a full suite of training and consultancy services to improve performance, safety, value and efficiency. It provides rotary, fixed wing and UAS operational training both in synthetic and live environments, as well as supporting UK Typhoon operations.

Inzpire works with the RAF Air Warfare Centre, RAF Typhoon Force and Air Battlespace Training Centre at RAF Waddington, to design and deliver large-scale live and synthetic operational training. The company has one-of-a-kind experience in LVC (live, virtual, constructive) training research, development, and delivery in the UK. Inzpire’s pilots conduct live combat training with British Army Apache and Wildcat helicopter pilots on a daily basis. For ASDOT, as with their existing training delivery, Inzpire will act as 'Red One' by producing, leading and executing the Aggressor plan.

DA Defence provides turnkey tactical airborne training, with eight Main Operating Bases across three continents, DA Defence operates the world’s largest privately-owned fleet of aggressor and combat support aircraft. With more than 66,000 accident-free flight hours, DA Defence is the exclusive fast-jet airborne training service provider to the Canadian, German, and Australian armed forces.

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