Finmeccanica group subsidiaries Selex S&AS and Galileo Avionica became a single company named Selex Galileo in January 2008.

With a significant presence and technological footprint in the UK, the merged company is among the most important players in the defence electronics sector. More than 4,000 of its 7,000-strong workforce are based in Britain.

“Over the past 12 months we have planned and implemented the integration of our UK and Italian businesses,” says CEO Steve Mogford. “We are already seeing the benefits of operating as a single transnational team. During this period our focus on our customers has been maintained and we are delighted to have secured a number of key programme wins in line with our strategic direction.”

Steve Mogford 

Selex Galileo designs, integrates and networks defensive aid sub-systems (DASS) for platforms such as Eurofighter Typhoon, AH64 Apache, Merlin and Super Lynx, offering a wide range of radio frequency (RF), infrared, laser surveillance, detection and countermeasures products. The company is also actively involved in the radar domain, providing advanced systems and components for new-generation fighters, including the multimode CAPTOR for Eurofighter Typhoon and the Grifo family for the JSF.

Selex Galileo also develops surveillance radar systems, including the ATOS airborne surveillance mission system ordered by Coastguards and Customs Police forces in Italy, Australia, and several African and South American nations. It also offers a full range of E-Scan and M-Scan surveillance radar systems suitable for fixed and rotary wing aircraft and unmanned aerial systems (UAS). These include Seaspray, currently in service with US Coastguard; PicoSAR, recently ordered by a launch customer; and Gabbiano, which since its launch last year at the Paris air show has been selected by three international customers.

Within the avionics and airborne systems sector, Selex Galileo participates to main international programmes, supplying mission core systems and sub-systems for Eurofighter Typhoon, AgustaWestland AW101, NHIndustries NH90, Alenia Aermacchi M346 advanced trainer, and providing EO systems with latest generation capabilities and targeting subsystems for long-range target identification such as the Burst Illumination LADAR and dual band camera sensors.

Unattended and unmanned sensor systems contributing to homeland defence are a key capability of Selex Galileo. These include the Falco UAS, already operational, showcased at Farnborough with its Falco Battlelab enhancement capability concept, which can be fully networked with the Hydra unattended ground sensor and the mobile surveillance unit into an integrated sensor system.

Selex Galileo is also actively involved in the military and civil mini-unmanned aerial systems with STRIX, OTUS and Asio products, in the high-performances targets sector with the Mirach 100/5 family, as well as surveillance and targeting EO/IR sensors for the unmanned domain.

Multispectral and hyperspectral dual use space sensors for Earth and deep space observation is also being offered, including the next-generation hyperspectral sensor Prisma developed for ASI. Using this technology, Selex Galileo has developed the modular avionic hyperspectral system SIM-GA, with the aim to enhance the intelligence and monitoring capability of airborne platforms such as small unmanned aerial systems.


Source: Flight International