Unmanned Systems: the new business frontier for aerospace, defense and security

Leonardo is the only company in Europe providing complete dual use Unmanned Systems solution for Intelligence, Surveillance, Target Acquisition and Reconnaissance (ISTAR) missions, integrating platforms, sensors, mission systems and ground control stations. Leonardo has also developed anti-drone systems and Unmanned Traffic Management solutions. 

In addition to autonomously developed drones, Leonardo is a key partner to major European and International programs such as the European MALE RPAS and Skydweller.

Leonardo offers service contracts for unmanned operations including patrolling missions carried out with drones operated by Leonardo with the aim of providing surveillance information directly to the customer (ex: United Nations for MONUSCO mission; FRONTEX).

Product Evolution


Product Portfolio

We are at the forefront of autonomous flight:

  • mini/micro, tactical and Medium Altitude Long-Endurance (MALE), rotary and fixed wing, Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS)
  • optionally piloted Rotary Unmanned Aerial Systems (RUAS)
  • key partner in all major European Unmanned Combat Aerial Vehicle (UCAV) and MALE unmanned vehicle initiatives
Innovative Solutions

Leonardo develops new innovative solutions in order to anticipate Customers' needs of tomorrow.
Our culture of innovation is driven by continuous collaboration between our divisions and with external partners. We work with universities, institutes and research centres, customers, suppliers and start-ups, to develop new technologies and products together. 

Leonardo Drone Contest

Technology Demonstrators

In the past we developed in-house different models of state-of-the-art  technological demonstrators such as the First unmanned electrical Vertical Takeoff and Landing (eVTOL) system (2010) and the First European-designed Jet UAV in the over 1000 kg category to fly and to Join-Up with a manned aircraft (2005). 
We have played a key role in the nEUROn programme, the European technology demonstrator for an Unmanned Combat Aerial Vehicle (UCAV). 

Project Zero

World first electrical Vertical Takeoff and Landing (eVTOL), unmanned distributed propulsion with tilting rotors


- First european-designed jet UAV in the +1000 kg category

- first European UAV to fully automatic fly together with a manned aircraft"


- First European turbo-diesel (automotive derived) propeller MALE RPAS

- first European 1000kg class UAV to fly for 8 hours

- first flight with an automatic collision avoidance system based on non-cooperative sensors


- Leonardo is one of the key partners of the first European Unmanned Combat Air Vehicle (UCAV) demonstrator

- world’s first operation in which a combat drone flew in formation with other aircraft.

Mirach 100/X

First European transonic target drone with high-g agility and reduced Radar Cross Section


Small, light, tracked Unmanned Ground Vehicle (UGV) platform for use in critical tactical situations


Underwater Unmanned Vehicle (UUV)


Unmanned Surface Vehicle (USV)


With more than five decades of experience, Leonardo has proven to be an outstanding contractor in the provision of high value, cost effective Turn Key Service solutions to support civil and military platforms and missions.
The full Service offer is developed from the Customer’s mission requirements and can be fulfilled utilizing company’s own products, systems, equipment and skills allowing for maximum flexibility and economic conditions.




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