In the Aeronautics sector, Leonardo’s international presence has been consolidated through the participation in major international collaborations programmes in the civil and military markets, and in the past years, by the opening of an office in the United States.
In the international sector, having participated since the ‘70s in the main European military and civilian aircraft programmes has certainly helped build a wealth of technology and expertise. It is a tradition that includes aircraft such as the Tornado and Eurofighter, two-nation programmes such as AMX and, more recently, the nEUROn - the European technology demonstrator for an unmanned aircraft - and the US F-35 Lightning II programme, in which Leonardo manages a final assembly line and builds complete wing sections.
Also in the Aerostructure sector Leonardo is a valued partner of major civil aircraft programmes in Europe and in the US.
From the regional turboprop ATR, a world leader in its segment, to the Boeing 787 made largely from composite materials, and finally, to the large Airbus A380, Leonardo brings the ability to design, build, test and integrate structures and components to every programme. Some areas, such as the processing of big structural components in composite materials or engine nacelles, are particularly advanced, allowing Leonardo to hold a significant position in the market.
In the United States the Aeronautics activities are managed through a representative office focused on overseeing the current industrial assets and on introducing new civil and military products. The aeronautics products include the C-27J, already in operation with both the United States Special Operations Command and the United States Coast Guard. The Aeronautics activities in the US also include the participation to the upcoming U.S. Air Force T-X Program to provide an advanced training system for military pilots, and to the FWSAR (Fixed Wing Search and Rescue) Canadian programme for the supply of a long range search and rescue aircraft able to reach the most remote and austere locations in the country both over land and sea.