Finmeccanica’s AgustaWestland, and Systematic A/S of Denmark yesterday said they signed a Heads of Agreement (HoA) in Copenhagen to jointly explore business opportunities worldwide.

AgustaWestland and Systematic also will work toward the integration of the SitaWare range of systems with AgustaWestland’s rotorcraft platforms and assist Systematic with the development and international marketing of its products and services.

The intention is to leverage AgustaWestland’s global marketing and sales network, to assist Systematic, especially in high-growth markets in Asia, South America and the Middle East, where AgustaWestland has a well-established presence.

As a leading supplier of command and control, military messaging and electronic warfare systems in the defense sector, Systematic and AgustaWestland will co-operate in developing new markets, as well as co-operating on the Danish Maritime Helicopter Program for which AgustaWestland is currently competing with the AW159 helicopter.

AgustaWestland Senior Vice President International Business Giacomo Saponaro said: “AgustaWestland is looking forward to working with Systematic to develop new opportunities for its products and services worldwide. We see great potential for many of Systematic’s systems including its range of advanced command and control solutions.”

Michael Holm, CEO Systematic, said “This cooperation gives Systematic a great opportunity to gain a foothold in new and alternative markets. Additionally, it will contribute to high-tech job-creation in Denmark as SitaWare, our command and control platform, will be further developed for use in helicopters and for their interaction with troops on the ground.”

Since 2011 AgustaWestland has signed a number of cooperation agreements with Danish companies in the aerospace and defense sector.

AgustaWestland has been the largest industry partner for the Danish aerospace and defense industry in the past decade. Systematic, founded in 1985, today has 450 highly qualified employees in Denmark, the United Kingdom, the United States and Finland.