Innovation

Innovation

Our mission is to innovate

 

Innovation is of prime importance for Leonardo, which bases its competitiveness on cutting-edge technologies and products.


Our culture of innovation is based on a continuous and integrated process of collaboration both internally, between the Divisions, and externally, with universities, institutes and research centres, customers, suppliers and start-ups, to develop new technologies and products together.

In 2017, Leonardo invested about 13% of its profits in Research and Development (over EUR 1.5 billion). Approximately 10,000  employees, from the departments of engineering and technological and product innovation, worked in the field of Research and Development. 33% of our employees are college graduates and 50% have a high-school diploma, with a prevalence in the technical field. We employ approximately 10,000 engineers, mostly aeronautics, aerospace, electronics, mechanics, IT and telecommunications, and over 12,000 specialised technicians.

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The AW609: the Future of Air Transport

The AW609: the Future of Air Transport

Leonardo has been present with its helicopters in the Executive and Private Transport segment since the 1970s. One of the most innovative models is the AW609 tiltrotor aircraft: its unique flight characteristics combine the benefits of a helicopter and a fixed-wing aircraft into one aircraft.
Leonardo 28/05/2018
Fighting the crime through multi-domain security solutions

Fighting the crime through multi-domain security solutions

Today's criminal organisations are increasingly more active on the global front, both in the physical world and also in cyberspace. To effectively counteract these organisations, which are now deeply rooted and extremely widespread, law enforcement must be able to fight with at least the same level of weapons and have access to powerful and integrated tools that enable them to act simultaneously in both environments (physical and logical) in a...
Leonardo 10/05/2018
The DMR radio standard and Leonardo's ECOS-D solution

The DMR radio standard and Leonardo's ECOS-D solution

Si chiama ECOS-D (Extended Communication System - Digital) il sistema intelligente di rete radio realizzato da Leonardo per le comunicazioni critiche, basato su tecnologie DMR all'avanguardia. Il DMR - Digital Mobile Radio è uno standard radio digitale aperto, sviluppato dall'ETSI (European Telecommunications Standards Institute) per le radiocomunicazioni mobili professionali (PMR - Professional Mobile Radio) sulla base dei nuovi requisiti per...
Leonardo 27/11/2017
The M60 A3 Programme: From the tank to the third-generation armoured vehicle

The M60 A3 Programme: From the tank to the third-generation armoured vehicle

Firepower, mobility and protection of the crew are the basic requirements, as a tactical formula, of a modern tank capable of operating in all scenarios, in line with third-generation armoured vehicles.
Leonardo 16/10/2017
Cyber security today: a shared vision, beyond national borders

Cyber security today: a shared vision, beyond national borders

Digital technologies are more and more an integral part of our daily lives. It is estimated that in 2025 there will be 80 billion devices connected to a surprising internet traffic of 3.3 Zettabytes per year.
Leonardo 25/09/2017
A HERO for our times

A HERO for our times

The AWHERO, which combines Leonardo's experience in the development of rotary wing platforms and Sistemi Dinamici's experience in unmanned aircraft, can be used in missions carried out in the field or in naval missions to provide protection and support to the contingent; transport supplies and engage in anti-submarine and anti-piracy operations.
Leonardo 20/06/2017
10 years of COSMO-SkyMed: with over one million images from Space

10 years of COSMO-SkyMed: with over one million images from Space

In its first decade of service, COSMO-SkyMed has captured over one million radar scenes worldwide, by monitoring, for example, UNESCO World Heritage sites and generating data that is vital to understanding the phenomena that impact our Planet.
Leonardo 07/06/2017
e-GEOS: satellite data and safety for the European Union

e-GEOS: satellite data and safety for the European Union

A European consortium of companies headed up by e-GEOS – a Telespazio (80%) and the Italian Space Agency (20%) joint venture – will provide satellite data from the Copernicus programme to support EU security operations outside its own territory.
Leonardo 31/05/2017
Sentinel 2B: Monitoring the Earth from Space

Sentinel 2B: Monitoring the Earth from Space

Thanks to Sentinel-2B, the latest satellite launched into orbit as part of Copernicus, the European satellite observation programme that gives Europe the ability to identify and manage information on the state of the Earth's health; it will be possible to obtain the most detailed images ever captured of the Earth's vegetation.
Leonardo 08/03/2017
The AW189: leader of the

The AW189: leader of the "super medium" category

Over 30 AW189 helicopters, have accumulated 21,000 total flight hours, of which 6,000 hours achieved by two aircraft in offshore configuration, flying in the North Sea in cold and ice conditions.
Leonardo 06/03/2017

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