LEONARDO TO SUPPLY SKIRON3D SYSTEMS TO FOUR AIRPORTS IN ASIA AND EUROPE
Two years after the launch of the company's doppler lidar system SKIRON3D, the market acceptance of the company’s new flagship shows an extremely positive development.
Leonardo, through its subsidiary LEONARDO Germany GmbH, recently announced the supply, of seven SKIRON3D systems to four top-ranking airports in Asia and Europe. Monitoring wind conditions, SKIRON3D provides data on critical and potentially dangerous situations for air traffic, such as storms, wind shears, gusts and turbulence including wake vortex generated by the aircraft wingtips when taking off and landing.
In Asia, Leonardo will supply four lidar systems including Leonardo’s proprietary data processing software Rainbow 5 to the Hong Kong Observatory (HKO), thanks to its partner Chinney Alliance Engineering LTD LTD who have been commissioned many CNS systems at the Hong Kong International Airport. The project is designed to improve detection against wind shear, a hazardous weather phenomenon, in the approach and departure corridors under non-rainy conditions.
In addition, two other prestigious airports in Asia - one of which is considered to be one of the most important central hubs for vacationers in the region - have ordered SKIRON3D systems. In both projects, the focus is on wind shear detection.
In Europe, Leonardo secured a contract from Koninklijk Nederlands Meteorologisch Instituut (KNMI) to supply one SKIRON3D to Amsterdam Schiphol airport, one of the top-ranking and busiest in the continent. KNMI will initially deploy the SKIRON3D lidar system including Rainbow 5 data processing in a two-year test phase. The system will be installed on a trailer to cover different locations at the airport. The objective is to provide air traffic control with improved meteorological information with a specific focus on the detection of wind shear during approach and departure and the detection of wake vortex. After the test phase, the intention is to transfer SKIRON3D into operational use in order to optimize processes at the airport in the long term.
LEONARDO Germany GmbH, a Leonardo subsidiary, is a worldwide leader in the design, manufacture, sales and service of weather radar systems, sensors and system solutions for meteorology, hydrology and aviation. With the introduction of proprietary doppler lidar system SKIRON3D®, the company further enhanced its outstanding meteorological portfolio.