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 news & 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.

21.06.2019
Leonardo in Apulia for the Children’s Scientific Congress.

“My School on the Moon”: on this theme, the Senior classes’ children from Apulia challenged each other in the 1st Italian edition of the Youth Scientific Congress, organised by the Aerospace Technology District (Distretto Tecnologico Spaziale - DTA) in partnership with the Cité de l'Espace of Toulouse. The doors of our site in Grottaglie will open for one of the winning classes.

21.06.2019
Drone Contest: a project is underway in the field of Artificial Intelligence applied to drones

Leonardo is launching the challenge between six of the most important Italian universities that will be taking part in an innovative project of collaboration between industry and academia, lasting three years, in order to carry out research activities in the field of Artificial Intelligence as applied to drones.

11.06.2019
Innovathon, the student hackathon, has concluded. Find out who won!

Team “Palo” took 1st place in the Innovathon competition launched by Leonardo and PoliHub. From June 8th to the 9th, in Milan, over 40 university students and recent gradutes from across Italy competed with the aim of designing and creating a working prototype of an automated driving system.

21.06.2019
Leonardo in Apulia for the Children’s Scientific Congress.

“My School on the Moon”: on this theme, the Senior classes’ children from Apulia challenged each other in the 1st Italian edition of the Youth Scientific Congress, organised by the Aerospace Technology District (Distretto Tecnologico Spaziale - DTA) in partnership with the Cité de l'Espace of Toulouse. The doors of our site in Grottaglie will open for one of the winning classes.

21.06.2019
Drone Contest: a project is underway in the field of Artificial Intelligence applied to drones

Leonardo is launching the challenge between six of the most important Italian universities that will be taking part in an innovative project of collaboration between industry and academia, lasting three years, in order to carry out research activities in the field of Artificial Intelligence as applied to drones.

11.06.2019
Innovathon, the student hackathon, has concluded. Find out who won!

Team “Palo” took 1st place in the Innovathon competition launched by Leonardo and PoliHub. From June 8th to the 9th, in Milan, over 40 university students and recent gradutes from across Italy competed with the aim of designing and creating a working prototype of an automated driving system.