Leonardo has been awarded a contract to supply its Type 163 Laser Target Designator (LTD) for the Slovenian Armed Forces (SAF).

The contract was signed with the Slovenian Defence Ministry, making the country the 23rd nation to order the company’s man-portable laser designators.

The UK, the US, Canada, Australia and New Zealand, as well as Nato members such as Italy, France, Belgium, Luxembourg, Baltic states and more, are customers of the system.

Leonardo has so far sold a total of more than 700 units of Type 163 LTD.

The company’s site in Edinburgh, UK, currently fulfils over 70% of global demand for applications on airborne platforms.

Leonardo’s Type 163 LTD is designed as a lightweight, compact, high-energy laser product for use by the ground forces.

It was originally developed for Joint Terminal Attack Controllers (JTACs) who provide close air support. The product is a combination of high-power, reliability and high-portability.

The company also offers lasers for the F-35 aircraft, Apache helicopters and Lockheed Martin Sniper pods.

In a statement, Leonardo said that it is currently working on the development of advanced laser-based capabilities.

These capabilities are for the UK’s Tempest next-generation combat air programme.

The company is also part of the UK Dragonfire consortium that is working closely with the UK Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (DSTL) to develop a laser directed-energy weapon.

Last July, Leonardo delivered an AW169 basic training twin-engine helicopter to the Italian Army at the 2nd Army Aviation Regiment ‘Sirio’ in Lamezia Terme, Italy.