Leonardo has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Abu Dhabi Ship Building (ADSB) to jointly work on the development of a Combat Management System (CMS) naval integration laboratory.

The MoU was signed at the IDEX International Defence Exhibition in Abu Dhabi.

The CMS naval integration laboratory is expected to enhance the collaboration between Leonardo and ADSB in the naval sector.

The proposed CMS laboratory will be able to test, maintain and evolve the software of Leonardo’s CMS system, operational on more than 20 of the UAE Navy’s ships.

Furthermore, the partners will explore the development of a joint logistic support solution for preventive and corrective maintenance and a local spare parts inventory for Leonardo naval systems.

Through the partnership, Leonardo aims to improve lead-time, repairs turnaround time and overall systems sustainment.

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"Leonardo is excited about this new development in its long-standing partnership with Abu Dhabi Ship Building, which has the potential to involve more UAE industries."

In a statement, Leonardo said: “Leonardo is excited about this new development in its long-standing partnership with ADSB, which has the potential to involve more UAE industries.

“Focusing on advanced services, enhanced logistics and local partnerships in Leonardo’s key markets is in line with the path to achieve sustainable business growth outlined in the company’s Industrial Plan.”

The company noted that the collaboration areas will result in increased technology and knowledge transfer to the benefit of UAE industries.

In a separate development, Leonardo announced that its new M-40 target drone completed its first live missions for the Italian Navy during a recent training exercise.

As part of the exercise, aircraft carrier Cavour and its complement of AV8B+ fighter aircraft training alongside the Navy destroyer Mimbelli against M-40 drones, which simulated enemy fighter jets and missile attacks.