The Italian defense and aerospace company Leonardo-Finmeccanica  (Leonardo) announced that it acquired the full control of Sistemi Dinamici, the Rotorcraft Unmanned Aerial System (RUAS) developer and manufacturer based in Pisa (Italy), from IDS on the 23rd of December 2016.

The control of the company, which involved the remaining 60% of shares, is aimed at further strengthening the commitment of Leonardo in unmanned products thanks to the acquisition of the new unmanned lightweight helicopter SD-150 Hero program.

Leonardo now widens its unmanned helicopter portfolio, which also includes the SW-4 Solo, and consolidates its capabilities as a system integrator, developing both platforms and equipment and sensors.

Mauro Moretti, CEO and General Manager of Leonardo said: "This acquisition is a testament to the quality of our investments in the field of unmanned systems, a sector with high added value in which Leonardo is a leader in Europe. Thanks to a defined investment strategy, our portfolio is further enriched, making Leonardo even more competitive and ready to meet the future challenges in advanced technologies."

During the Royal Navy’s Unmanned Warrior 2016, 9th to 21st of October 2016, Leonardo demonstrated the capabilities of its advanced SW-4 ‘Solo’ Rotary Unmanned Air System. The company also demonstrated its airborne sensors such as the SAGE electronic warfare and Osprey E-Scan radar systems integrated using its skyISTAR mission management system in order to support intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance missions.

Sistemi Dinamici was founded in 2006 with the aim of developing modern helicopter technologies. Leonardo said that the SD-150 Hero is an unmanned helicopter, developed for land and naval operations, with maximum versatility.