Designing the technology of tomorrow

Our approach

Our approach

Technological innovation is one of the cornerstones of our Industrial Plan. We know that to secure our long-term success, we must ensure that our products are innovative, fit for the future and tailored to market demands.

Our technologies

We are working on innovation across a huge array of disciplines every day, to build on our technological heritage and strengthen our approach for the future. Selecting the right ‘core’ technologies is vital to consolidate our competitive position.

Our technologies

Innovative Programs

Innovative Programs

To gain the maximum benefit from our innovation programmes we combine self-financing projects with those that attract external funding in Italy and abroad, as we shape the products of the future.

Open Innovation

For Leonardo, innovation comes in many forms. It is not purely based on the work of individuals, but also depends on the sharing of ideas and knowledge among many players, both inside and outside the company. These include universities, research centres, SMEs, start-up companies and customers.

Open Innovation

Innovation award

Innovation award

We have proudly supported the Leonardo Innovation Award for many years. It is one of the most eagerly-awaited events for employees and university students, as well as recent graduates and Ph.D. students hoping to explore the new frontiers of research and technology.

Innovation timeline

We have been developing cutting-edge technologies, products and solutions since 1948. This heritage is a proud part of Leonardo’s history and has enabled us to become one of the world’s top 10 companies in the Aerospace, Defence and Security sectors.

Innovation timeline

Innovation stories

Innovation and research are the foundation of our technological evolution and the driving force of our long-term sustainable growth. Discover our stories of innovation to learn how Leonardo is on the technological frontier.

16.10.2018
The Graphene Revolution! Let's discover this extraordinary material together

We talked about it with Sir K. Novoselov, Nobel Prize winner, and M. Molina, CTO of LoB Space, Leonardo

27.05.2018
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.
16.10.2018
The Graphene Revolution! Let's discover this extraordinary material together

We talked about it with Sir K. Novoselov, Nobel Prize winner, and M. Molina, CTO of LoB Space, Leonardo

27.05.2018
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.