Defence firm goes by the book for diamond anniversary

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A LEADING firm in defence electronics is marking 60 years in airborne fire control radar with a unique celebration event and the publication of an 
illustrated book.

In 1952, Ferranti began technology development work at its site in Crewe Toll, Edinburgh, for the airborne intercept radar that would eventually equip the RAF’s Lightning interceptor.

The company later became SELEX Galileo Edinburgh and to mark its diamond 
anniversary in the industry it exhibited 17 radar sets at a reception to launch the book Looking Forward: 60 Years of Fire Control Radar.

Fabrizio Giulianini, chief executive of SELEX Galileo, said: “I am honoured to be here today representing years of outstanding individual, industrial and technological excellence.

“For many years, armed forces around the world have relied on our radar to support airborne missions and come home safe. The United Kingdom and Italy have looked at SELEX Galileo, and all its previous incarnations, as the trusted partner to deliver the capability edge to counter enemies and threats.

“Building on a continuous evolution of technology and techniques, SELEX Galileo today stands as the cornerstone of Europe’s sovereign capability in airborne fire control radar.”

Alastair Morrison, senior vice-president of radar and advanced targeting in Edinburgh, said: “The company has brought together the complementary experience, knowledge and lines of business from Italy and the UK to create a world-class airborne radar capability uniquely positioned to meet the needs of a diverse and demanding global customer base.”

SELEX Galileo Edinburgh is divided into two sites which host airborne radar, laser systems, electro-optics, advanced projects and a laser centre of excellence.