Technologies and solutions

In a rapidly changing international scenario, where markets require increasing effectiveness, safety, and reduced environmental impacts, it is crucial for us to offer highly technological solutions, interoperable and which can be integrated. Leonardo’s product portfolio is the result of our investments in research and development and of our innovation processes, as well as of our participation to the main national and European research programs.

We create technologies with dual use applications, for the civil sector, with impacts in many areas of interest for the daily life, as well as for the military sector, intercepting transversal needs, from both public and private customers, from communities to individuals.


Sustainable mobility


Our innovative solutions enable the reduction of polluting emissions: carbon fiber replacing metallic materials in the aeronautic sector, advanced Air and Vessel Traffic Management systems for the optimization of air and sea traffic, flight simulators which avoid the CO2 production, hybrid and electric systems for naval propulsion, solutions for the road traffic planning and the centralised and coordinated management of public transport fleet.

More than 40,000 tons of CO2 avoided in 2018 thanks to flight simulators for helicopters and aircraft pilots’ training. Those solutions reduce real flight hours, cutting fuel consumption and environmental and noise pollution, as well as contributing to pilot safety and extending the aircraft’s life.

Air and sea traffic control systems in roughly 300 airports and 120 ports. On 2017, thanks to the Free Route application for Air Traffic Control, airline companies with routes across the Italian airspace saved 30 million kilos of fuel, avoiding CO2 emissions by 95,000 tons.

By using carbon fiber rather than metallic materials for aircraft and helicopters’ manufacturing, it is possible to reduce fuel consumption by 10-15% and GHG emissions by roughly 20%, extending also the product’s useful life.

Earth Care


The added value of our geo-information solutions lies in the capability to integrate data from satellite systems, drones, and radars to provide useful information to monitor climate change impacts, to investigate solutions against the indiscriminate exploitation of territories and resources by mankind, and to contrast the phenomena that threaten the existence of ecosystems. Our advanced technologies are also involved in projects for the protection of the marine ecosystems, the illegal dumping of waste, and the uncontrolled extraction of natural resources from the sea bed.

The radar sensors on the COSMO-SkyMed satellites enable continuous monitoring, day and night, in all weather conditions, of the Amazon forests, characterized by frequent rainfall and cloud cover by most of the year.

Aeolus is the first satellite able to measure speed and direction of winds on a planetary scale, thanks to the laser ALADIN (Atmospheric Laser Doppler Instrument). The collected data will enable reliable weather forecast until seven days (the current threshold is of two days) and an improved interpretation of the evolution of extreme meteorological events.

Prevention and management of emergencies


During emergencies caused by extreme meteorological phenomena, our modular and scalable technologies and solutions provide accurate analysis of the scenario, helping to prevent critical situations. They make it possible to intervene, in an integrated way, organizing rescue missions for affected populations and ensuring the effectiveness of the operations.

The C-27J, recently set also in a new fire-fighting configuration, can operate in extreme conditions, in case of natural disasters and humanitarian assistance operations. 85 C-27J ordered by clients from 14 different Countries to date.

1,100 helicopters, 27% of Leonardo’s fleet, used in rescue operations around the world. In Italy, 7,300 people saved by crews of the 15th Wing of the Italian Air Force to date, using five AW139. In the United Kingdom, 3,000 rescue missions carried out during the AW169’s first year of service (2018).

The Copernicus emergency management service of the European Commission is managed by a consortium headed by e-GEOS. Based on satellite data, the emergency mapping was used for over 350 events, producing 4,500 maps for 85 countries worldwide to date. The main types of events are volcanoes, earthquakes, floods, fires, humanitarian crises.

Security for people and territory


We offer to our clients surveillance systems and advanced solutions for reliable and efficient information management, to guarantee a growing people’s safety in different contexts: public safety, emergency services, civil protection and the safeguarding of critical infrastructures.

More than 1,000 buses with onboard video surveillance systems in Buenos Aires, linked to the biggest national control center for public bus transport in the world, to ensure security by real time monitoring.

More than 7 million drones are estimated to be in circulation between now and 2035 in Europe. Leonardo was selected by ENAV to become its business partner for the development of a air control system for drone traffic, necessary to ensure their flight safety.

Cybersecurity for critical infrastructure


For over 30 years we have been developing and offering solutions, technologies and services that guarantee the protection of data, networks, and systems for critical infrastructures, Government institutions, intelligence agencies, police forces and companies, in partnership with important national and international institutions. Moreover, we help the manufacturing sector to exploit the opportunities of the new technologies trends related to Industry 4.0, with industrial cybersecurity solutions.

5,000 networks and 70,000 users protected by the Security Operation Centre (SOC) in Chieti, which is operational 24/7, with clients from 130 Countries. The Centre gathered and connected 13,000 security events every second and managed 400 security alarm and 107 cyber incidents every day.