A groundbreaking ceremony for the new International Flight Training School was carried out at the Italian Air Force’s base in Decimomannu, located in Sardinia, Italy. Italian Defence Undersecretary Hon. Giulio Calvisi, the Sardinian Region’s Governor Hon. Christian Solinas, Italian Chief of Defence Staff Gen. Enzo Vecciarelli, Italian Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Alberto Rosso, Leonardo Chairman Luciano Carta, Leonardo CEO Alessandro Profumo and Marco Zoff, Leonardo Aircraft MD, were among the attendees at the ceremony. International Flight Training School The International Flight Training School (IFTS) is the result of a strategic collaboration between the Italian Air Force and Leonardo, which is aimed at the establishment of an advanced flight training centre. This initiative will become an international benchmark for military pilots’ training, particularly in the advanced phase of training future fighter pilots. International Flight Training School brings a very high level of technological innovation and cutting-edge training skills" Luciano Carta, Chairman of Leonardo, said “The International Flight Training School brings a very high level of technological innovation and cutting-edge training skills, which will contribute to enhancing the role of the Italian Air Force and our Company in an increasingly complex and competitive international context.” Luciano adds “For this reason, Leonardo will provide skills, technology, and innovation to support the creation of the most important training centre for military aviation, a source of pride for Italy, for Europe and for our strategic allies.” Military pilot integrated training systems Alessandro Profumo, CEO of Leonardo, said “The International Flight Training School is able to meet the growing demands of the Italian Air Force and partner countries for pilot training. It is a virtuous example of a synergic collaboration between the military and industry, which, in turn, generates an important return for the whole country.” Alessandro adds, “We’ve combined the Italian Air Force’s established know-how and Leonardo’s excellence in military pilot integrated training systems with maximised cost-effectiveness, whilst also strengthening the international role played by Leonardo as a major Training Service Provider.” Pilot training for 4th and 5th gen fighter jets “Today’s groundbreaking ceremony event for the International Flight Training School, though simple and unfortunately with a limited number of authorities attending due to the Covid-19 global pandemic, is an important step in an ambitious international initiative, not only for the Italian Air Force and Leonardo, but also for the entire nation”, said Italian Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Alberto Rosso. The work to build the facilities, which will host a state-of-the-art advanced flight training school, starts at this Airbase today" Alberto Rosso adds, “The work to build the facilities, which will host a state-of-the-art advanced flight training school, starts at this Airbase today. Here is where Italian military pilots, and those pilots from countries who have recognised the quality and effectiveness of our integrated training system, will be trained. An integrated training system developed for those who will fly 4th and 5th generation fighters.” Gen. Rosso continues stating, “The Italian Air Force and Leonardo share expertise and technologies to create, in the most cost-effective way, modern professionals, able to operate and manage increasingly technological and complex aircraft. Competences, quality and long-established experience of both the Air Force and our national industry in the training sector are the best calling card for this excellent training offer.” Leonardo – Italian Air Force strategic partnership Italian Defence Undersecretary, Giulio Calvisi stated, “This is an important project with no less than 20-years of operation ahead, considering the military and industrial efforts devoted to IFTS. The partnership between the Italian Air Force, thanks to its longstanding and solid flight training expertise, and Leonardo as a leader in integrated training, provides evidence of a clear synergy between two Italian excellences.” Giulio Calvisi adds, “A collaboration which, on the one hand, will lead to an increase in the training offer with important local benefits in terms of job opportunities. On the other hand, there is the possibility for Leonardo to attract further foreign investments, strengthening the role and world leadership in this sector.” Ground Based Training System (GBTS) An entire building will be home to the Ground Based Training System (GBTS) With the building of the new International Flight Training School (IFTS) campus headquartered at the Decimomannu Airbase, a true flight training academy will be established. It will be able to host students, technicians, as well as leisure and sports areas, a cafeteria, and maintenance and logistics infrastructures to guarantee the readiness of a 22 M-346 (designated the T-346A by the Italian Air Force) airplane fleet. An entire building will be home to the Ground Based Training System (GBTS), with classrooms and the installation of a modern training system based on the latest generation simulation system. The construction of the IFTS facility will generate positive returns for the local economy and supply chain. M-346-based training syllabus advanced phase Once the construction is complete, the IFTS will achieve operational readiness starting in 2022, creating significant job opportunities locally. With the new Leonardo M-345 arriving soon at the Italian Air Force’s 61st Wing Airbase in Lecce Galatina to replace gradually the T-339A and FT-339C fleets, the M-346-based training syllabus advanced phase will be moved progressively to the Decimomannu Airbase. The Leonardo M-346 is the cornerstone of the Air Force training unit, where many pilots have been trained, not only from Italy but also from a number of other countries, including the United States of America, Spain, France, Austria, The Netherlands, Poland, Singapore, Argentina, Greece and Kuwait, to name a few.
Contracts for two additional COSMO-SKyMed Second Generation (CSG) satellites have been signed with the Italian Space Agency (ASI) and the Italian Ministry of Defence. Satellites 3 and 4 will complete the second generation of the Italian earth observation program, ensuring continuity and high performance of the planet's monitoring services. Continuous technological research Alessandro Profumo, Leonardo CEO commented: “COSMO-SkyMed is one of Italy’s great success stories, a driver of technological research, new applications, industrial competitiveness and employment, as well as fundamental infrastructure for the protection and security of Italy and Europe.” As Leonardo, we are proud of the contribution provided in all phases of the COSMO-SkyMed program" “Thanks to the capabilities demonstrated in the management of emergency situations linked to sudden events, the systems potential in terms of reliability, precision and flexibility are known internationally. In addition, its capabilities are now further enhanced by the second generation, with continuous technological research. As Leonardo, we are proud of the contribution provided in all phases of the COSMO-SkyMed program, a role that gives us credibility and prestige with our customers all over the world.” SAR satellite system COSMO-SkyMed is an Earth observation satellite system of ASI and the Ministry of Defence, a flagship of Italian technology and innovation, built by Leonardo and its joint ventures Thales Alenia Space and Telespazio. It is a dual-use constellation, with SAR ‘eyes’ (Synthetic Aperture Radar) capable of monitoring the phenomena of the Earth in any weather condition. COSMO-SkyMed has changed the way of observing the planet, ensuring fundamental information for the security and the understanding of phenomena that affect everyday life. With the innovative updates built into the second generation COSMO-SkyMed is the first SAR satellite system in the world capable of simultaneously acquiring two images of two areas hundreds of kilometres apart and thus serving two requests that would have been in conflict for any other satellite system. Medium-sized enterprises COSMO-SkyMed images are used to support populations affected by natural disasters such as earthquakes and fires, but also for the control of cultural and artistic heritage, of critical infrastructures, for monitoring the receding of glaciers, that of oil spills in the seas and for the optimisation of agricultural techniques. The constellation will be completed with the additional two satellites just announced which will join the first two The first Second Generation satellite was launched a year ago. The second satellite will be launched on a VEGA-C launcher. The constellation will be completed with the additional two satellites just announced which will join the first two. The COSMO-SkyMed system, of the Italian Space Agency and the Ministry of Defence, is the result and expression of the best skills of the Italian space industry, with Leonardo and its joint ventures Thales Alenia Space and Telespazio, assisted by a significant number of small and medium-sized enterprises. Providing star trackers In particular, Thales Alenia Space, a joint venture between Thales (67%) and Leonardo (33%), is responsible for the entire radar system and satellites, while Telespazio, a joint venture between Leonardo (67%) and Thales (33%), is responsible of the ground segment and hosts the command and control centre of the constellation at the Fucino Space Centre. Leonardo also contributes to the program by providing the star trackers (A-STR) for the orientation of the satellite, photovoltaic panels (PVA) and electronic units for the management of the electrical power. The first generation has four satellites launched between 2007 and 2010, while the first satellite of the new generation was launched in December 2019. The COSMO-SkyMed constellation is able to acquire up to 1800 images per day that Leonardo, through e-GEOS (Telespazio 80%, ASI 20%) receives, processes and markets all over the world.
Enel and Leonardo have signed a letter of intent for a strategic collaboration focused on security, energy efficiency, satellite communications, and electric mobility. In addition to a series of activities that the two companies will provide in their respective reference businesses, the partnership will see the development and implementation of new features and technologies for specific offers dedicated to their customers. The collaboration will lead to the development of innovative solutions, both in the energy and electric mobility sector, at Leonardo’s sites, and in the area of security, digitalisation and satellite communications for the benefit of Enel’s strategic assets. Developing innovative services “The collaboration between two Italian companies with deep roots and expertise in these areas, will make it possible to further enhance their respective skills for the development of innovative services, and apply them internationally,” says Francesco Starace, CEO and General Manager of Enel. The collaboration will also allow us to extend the offers for energy efficiency and video surveillance" “Thanks to this strategic partnership, we will be able to use Leonardo’s technologies and know-how for the safety and control of our assets, and in turn, make our innovative solutions in the energy field available. The collaboration will also allow us to extend the offers for energy efficiency and video surveillance to our customers.” Long-term sustainable vision “Within this partnership, the collaboration and sharing of high-profile technological know-how and skills will also bring benefits to customers and communities in the countries where the two companies operate,” underlines Alessandro Profumo, CEO of Leonardo. “We are making choices based increasingly on a long-term sustainable vision, in line with the Be Tomorrow - Leonardo 2030 strategic plan. This is thanks to integrated solutions with multiple application potential and to Leonardo’s consolidated expertise, producing significant positive effects for development and progress.” In addition to the supply of electricity and gas, Enel will provide Leonardo, through Enel X, with efficient and green energy self-production plants, energy efficiency, consumption monitoring and Demand response services for its offices and sites in Italy, the United Kingdom and the United States. Power quality and stability Leonardo will offer Enel solutions and services for the security of strategic assets Enel will also undertake work on the electricity grids at the service of the sites, for the improvement of power quality and stability, and solutions for the distribution of electric mobility, through the installation of Enel X charging infrastructure at Leonardo offices. As part of the collaboration, Leonardo will offer Enel solutions and services for the security of strategic assets. These include control rooms for infrastructure monitoring which integrate field sensors and geoinformation services based on satellite and drone data, information on infrastructure and soil conditions through interferometric techniques as well as solutions for predictive maintenance and secure terrestrial and satellite communications. Subsequent binding agreements The two companies will also begin a strategic collaboration for the development of innovative services for their customers in the field of energy efficiency and safety. The collaboration between Enel and Leonardo will be based on the sustainability of solutions and services and will extend to joint projects in the context of circular economy and in support of local communities in the countries where the two companies operate. This agreement may be the subject of subsequent binding agreements that the parties will define in compliance with the applicable legislation, including that relating to transactions between related parties.
Leonardo and the European Investment Bank (EIB) have signed a loan agreement of 200 million euros. Developing innovative products The financing has the purpose of supporting the investment projects planned in the Group’s Industrial Plan against the background of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. This further loan by the EIB brings the investment support of the loan signed on 29 November 2018 from 300 to 500 million euros. Alessandro Profumo, Leonardo Chief Executive Officer, commented that “This further financing agreement, in this scenario, is an important contribution in developing innovative products and technologies to increase our plants efficiency, optimisation of our production systems and a strengthening of our competitiveness in the businesses where we operate.” Highly innovative products The investments pursued by Leonardo are very closely aligned with the EIB’s principles aimed at supporting development of Cyber Security products and solutions and Advanced Manufacturing as well as in innovative technologies that enable the decrease in emissions of pollutants through the product weight reduction and the improvement of fuel efficiency. This is the third operation carried out between the EIB and Leonardo; the first of 500 million euros, in 2009, was aimed at developing technologically innovative aeronautical components; the second one of 300 million euros in 2018, to which is added the new contract signed, aimed at supporting investment projects in four main areas: development of highly innovative products in the Helicopter Division, Cyber Security, Advanced Manufacturing (Industry 4.0) and infrastructure projects needed to increase the production efficiency of the plants.
Leonardo joins the ‘Climate A List 2020’ of the non-profit international organisation CDP (formerly the Carbon Disclosure Project), the list that includes companies – out of 5,800-plus companies analysed – in the fight against climate change. The list has been rated by disclosure on impacts, risks, and opportunities that are linked to the environment, and requested by more than 515 investors, that represent over 106 trillion dollars in assets under management. Careful environmental strategy The promotion to the top ranking of the evaluation recognises Leonardo’s commitment to emission reduction, the mitigation of risks linked to climate change, and for the undertaking a careful environmental strategy. With particular attention to the Company’s research and the implementation of innovative technologies: from the use of advanced materials for more sustainable air mobility, to solutions for satellite Earth observation and monitoring. Leonardo is committed to sustainable growth for people and for the Planet" “Joining the ‘A List’ rewards Leonardo’s concrete commitment in fighting against climate change by managing possible risks and seizing the opportunities offered by the most advanced technologies,” stated Alessandro Profumo, CEO of Leonardo. “From our industrial plants to innovative solutions for mitigation and adaptation to climate change, Leonardo is committed to sustainable growth for people and for the Planet.” Sustainable development goals Sustainability is integral to the Be Tomorrow – Leonardo 2030 strategic plan that promotes a renewed approach to the issue by considering business, governance, social impacts and environmental factors, from a long-term perspective and in-line with the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN 2030 Agenda. The inclusion in the CDP’s top ranking further consolidates Leonardo’s growth in terms of sustainability. Recently, the Company obtained confirmation again of its role as a pioneer in the Aerospace & Defence sector within the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices and has also been recognised as UN Global Compact Lead, with a role in the sustainability and international cooperation initiative.
Leonardo ranks first in the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices (DJSI) for the Aerospace & Defence industry, confirming the company’s leadership for the second consecutive year. This achievement confirms that sustainability is at the core and a key driver of Leonardo’s strategy, governance, and 2030 vision. Developing new business opportunities “Being recognised as an industry leader in the DJSI,” the CEO of Leonardo, Alessandro Profumo, commented, “further confirms that we are on the right path. We continue to contribute to sustainable progress for a safer world.” “This ambition is at the core of Be Tomorrow-Leonardo 2030, our long-term plan aimed at developing new business opportunities and working towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the United Nations (UN) by leveraging on technological innovation and core competencies.” “Economic, social, and environmental sustainability is now at the centre of the international debate. The belief that sustainability creates value and mobilise resources is becoming increasingly shared.” Long-term value creation “We are proud of this recognition,” the Chairman of Leonardo, Luciano Carta, underlined, “in addition to the recent appointment of Leonardo to the United Nations’ Global Compact LEAD, which also confirms our leading role and commitment to sustainability at a global level.” “This is the result of a governance which is increasingly geared towards sustainable success and long-term value creation.” CFO taskforce Leonardo to contribute to the creation of a sustainable financial model for the prosperity of companies and communities Leonardo reinforces its commitment through the CFO Taskforce, part of the UN Global Compact, for sustainable finance, established at the end of 2019. Thanks to the commitment of the Taskforce and the signing of the Principles for Integrated SDG Investments and Finance, Leonardo will contribute to the creation of a sustainable financial model for the prosperity of companies and communities. Sustainability commitments Below are some key figures, referred to in 2019 reporting, as an example of Leonardo’s sustainability commitments: For Prosperity and Innovation: 5 billion euro spent towards Research and Development 9,000 employees operate in R&D activities Over 8,000 suppliers, mainly small and medium enterprises highly specialised, and 81% of purchases from four domestic markets 90 universities and research centres with ongoing collaborations and partnerships For Security: 75 sites in 29 countries have been protected from cyber-attacks Around 300 airports use Leonardo systems for air traffic control Over 1,100 helicopters are used for search and rescue, fire-fighting and civil missions Around 70,000 users protected with cyber security services For People and Skills: Around 2,500 internships, apprenticeships and training initiatives have been activated since 2017 Over 5,000 people under 30 new hires in the 2017-2019 period 20 average hours of training per employee per year in the period 2018-2019 For Planet: Over 1 million images captured by the COSMO-SkyMed constellation since 2008 for Earth observation Reduction of fuel consumption by 10-15% and emissions by 20% through the usage of carbon fibre aerostructures 47,000 tonnes of CO2 avoided in 2019 thanks to virtual systems for the training of helicopter and aircraft pilots
Taking off from Leonardo’s plant in Caselle (Turin), the final and most advanced Eurofighter Typhoon of the Italian Air Force was handed over during a ceremony becoming one of the defence aircraft assigned daily to the protection of the Italian skies. The ceremony was attended by the Chief of Staff of the Italian Air Force, Gen. Alberto Rosso, the CEO of Leonardo, Alessandro Profumo and the Aircraft Division Managing Director, Marco Zoff. "The collaboration path we are celebrating today, embodied by an aircraft with extraordinary capabilities, is the result of a long-term supranational strategic, political, and industrial vision, which has allowed Europe to have its own security asset, and benefit from a programme that has been able to represent a technological accelerator and a unique engine of development in the history of our continent”, declared Alessandro Profumo, CEO of Leonardo. Air defence system “The Eurofighter Typhoon will be a pivotal element in the path of innovation which is aimed at fully safeguarding European technological sovereignty in the coming years", he added. “The delivery of the last aircraft, which completes the Eurofighter fleet, is the main asset of a complex and diversified national and NATO air defence system, is a major programme milestone,” Italian Air Force Chief of Staff, Gen. Alberto Rosso said at the hand-over ceremony of the aircraft, which is destined to the Italian Air Force’s 51st Wing Istrana Air Base. Intelligence surveillance reconnaissance The aircraft has proven to be a reliable, flexible, and versatile asset, and is ready to face technological challenges" “The aircraft has proven to be a reliable, flexible, and versatile asset, and is ready to face new technological challenges to continue to guarantee the highest level of safety across the Italian skies and protection of national interest. This is thanks to a wide range of operational capabilities which complement air defence duties such as Intelligence Surveillance Reconnaissance (ISR) and attack (swing role)." "Today’s aircraft capabilities are the result of a long-term close and effective cooperation between the national defence industry and the Italian Air Force; a synergy that, further supports and empowers the country system, and allows us effectively to carry out our daily mission, the protection of people.” Aerospace and defence technologies The Eurofighter was designed as an open architecture, with a well-defined programme of technological updating and improvement that guarantees its competitiveness throughout its life cycle. Constantly evolving technologies, both on board the aircraft and in the context of logistical support, increase its operational effectiveness, survivability, and efficient management. The Eurofighter programme is a cornerstone in the development of European aerospace and defence technologies and provides the industries involved with technological leadership that will guarantee competitiveness for many next generation programmes. Fundamental avionic technologies Leonardo represents with its activities about 36% of the value of the entire programme, with its key role in the aeronautical components and in the on-board electronics, which sees the Company responsible for two primary sensors (radar and IRST) as well as other fundamental avionic technologies. The Eurofighter programme is managed by the Eurofighter GmbH consortium Leonardo also plays a key role in the evolution of the Eurofighter thanks to the new AESA (Active Electronically Scanned Array) radar, which increases the aircraft's performance and competitiveness, which, in turn, will enhance the targeting of a significant proportion of the international market over the next decade. The Caselle plant is now producing the Kuwait Air Force’s Eurofighters, the first ones are to be delivered in this highly advanced configuration. International customers The Eurofighter programme is managed by the Eurofighter GmbH consortium, a company based in Munich (Germany) owned by Leonardo, BAE Systems and Airbus Defense & Space for Germany and Spain. On the government side, it is managed by the NATO Eurofighter & Tornado Management Agency (NETMA), set up to meet the procurement needs of the air forces of the four participating countries: Italy, United Kingdom, Germany and Spain. In addition to the four partner countries, which have already ordered 472 Typhoons, international customers now include: Saudi Arabia (72 aircraft), Austria (15), Oman (12), Kuwait (28) and Qatar (24), a total of 623 ordered planes. In terms of workforce, the Eurofighter programme involves more than 100,000 people in Europe, over 20,000 people are based in Italy (including direct, indirect and induced employment). More than 400 suppliers work for the Typhoon, including 200 in Italy.
Leonardo and ENAV signed a Letter of Intent (LoI) in Italy primarily aimed at modernising and making safer, efficient and sustainable the use of helicopters and air space by leveraging the most advanced navigation technologies. Letter of Intent (LoI) The aim of the partners is to join forces and offer helicopter operators products and services in the advanced instrument navigation field, while also contributing to modernise the relevant infrastructures. The partners are extremely committed to strengthen a major national resource. Through the LoI, this innovative collaboration combines Leonardo’s industrial capabilities for design, production, supply and support of modern, high performance helicopters together with ENAV’s expertise in the development and management of air space in Italy and overseas. Critical infrastructures sustainability & digitalisation Helicopters inherently feature great flexibility and a higher degree of freedom in manoeuverability The agreement will allow the partners to develop and supply advanced integrated solutions for both private and public service operators, in Italy and internationally. This collaboration marks a unique initiative in the world’s aviation sector and also contributes to Italy’s critical infrastructures sustainability, digitalisation and safety objectives, with both partners as major stakeholders. Modern air navigation infrastructures, particularly procedures and air space development, are designed mainly to support fixed-wing aircraft flight operations, limiting rotary-wing aircraft’s potential and versatility. Helicopters inherently feature great flexibility and a higher degree of freedom in manoeuverability, primarily based on vertical take-off and landing and hover capabilities. Performance Based Navigation The latest certification standard of Leonardo helicopters, with its advanced systems and equipment, already allows the use of modern Performance Based Navigation (PBN) navigation procedures, and ENAV has already been at the forefront of design PBN procedures for both fix- and rotary-wing aircraft for years. PBN procedures, carried out through advanced satellite navigation, significantly contribute to air space optimisation delivering greater flight operation safety thanks to greater navigation, approach and landing precision and accuracy, a key enabler particularly in certain weather conditions. PBN is combined or replaces the more traditional land-based radio navigation systems. Sustainability and high efficiency Moreover, PBN procedures ensure a reduction in polluting emissions and noise through dedicated routes and higher efficiency. Passenger transport, emergency medical service and rescue, disaster relief operations, surveillance and fire-fighting are among the main applications which can benefit from this technology, in all-weather conditions, day and night. Its adoption and implementation significantly enhance flight safety, environment protection, public service flexibility, responsiveness and effectiveness, air transport efficiency. Continuous modernisation in the field of integration With this initiative we confirm our commitment to contribute to Italy’s growth and competitiveness" Alessandro Profumo, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Leonardo, said “With this initiative we confirm our commitment to contribute to Italy’s growth and competitiveness by strengthening a critical infrastructure like our sky as well as the systems and rules regulating its use.” He adds, “We do this by introducing innovation, digitalisation and procedures which will come closer and closer to the future ‘urban air mobility’ scenarios, thanks to the continuous modernisation in the field of integration with our expertise in helicopters and the relevant flight safety enabling technologies, air traffic control systems and space technologies.” Integrated technology solutions Alessandro further stated, “An integrated solution delivering benefits for mobility, safety, environment protection and services for the communities. Italy, with its industrial and technological excellence, confirms its contribution to the efforts made by Europe in this sector with programmes like SESAR and can become a benchmark at an international level.” Paolo Simioni, Chief Executive Officer of ENAV, said “We’re proud of this agreement which shows aviation industry’s ability to create synergies aimed at helping our sector grow and contributing to modernise systems which make flight more efficient and safer. Air space is a prime infrastructure for the Italian and international economy growth.” Leonardo and ENAV strategic partnership Paolo adds, “Therefore, we’re investing in technological innovation which must also be sustainable and support the environment. Leonardo and ENAV are two strategic players for the technological and infrastructural development of this sector and this partnership provides further evidence of the technological excellent and quality of ENAV’s people. I’m confident that this collaboration will provide both partners with a competitive advantage in the international market.”
The Politecnico di Milano won the first edition of the ‘Leonardo Drone Contest. An Open Innovation Challenge’, a competition launched by Leonardo in collaboration with six Italian universities to promote the development of Artificial Intelligence for unmanned systems. The September 18 challenges were held in Turin where teams from six universities competed: the Politecnico di Torino, the Politecnico di Milano, Alma Mater Studiorum - University of Bologna, Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies, ‘Tor Vergata’ University of Rome and University of Naples ‘Federico II’ – competing with each other for the top honour. Developing systematic methods The digital award ceremony was attended by the Minister of Technological Innovation and Digitalisation, Paola Pisano, the Minister of University and Research, Gaetano Manfredi, the President of the Piedmont Region, Alberto Cirio, the Mayor of Turin, Chiara Appendino, Leonardo's CEO, Alessandro Profumo, and Leonardo's Senior Vice President Unmanned Systems, Laurent Sissmann. The team of the winning doctoral student, Gabriele Roggi of the Politecnico di Milano, aims to develop a drone equipped with autonomous driving and navigation capabilities. Under the supervision of Professor Marco Lovera, the team is developing systematic methods and tools for the design of on-board autonomous functions and a localisation algorithm for motion planning and collision avoidance. Leonardo drone contest The goal of the ‘Leonardo Drone Contest’ is to create synergies between development and academic research The first edition of the ‘Leonardo Drone Contest’, as highlighted in the presentation of the project during the live broadcast by Laurent Sissmann, Senior Vice President Unmanned Systems at Leonardo, showed the potential for fruitful collaboration between industry and universities, implemented over months of work, commitment and the ingenuity of PhD students and their teams. An addition honour, the University of Bologna, with PhD student Lorenzo Gentilini and Professor Lorenzo Marconi, was awarded the ‘Special Jury Prize’. The goal of the ‘Leonardo Drone Contest’ is to create synergies between development and academic research in the fields of Artificial Intelligence, Computer Vision, Sensor Fusion and Machine Learning for the development of technologies for applied artificial intelligence to unmanned systems and the birth of an ecosystem that involves large companies, universities, small and medium enterprises (SMEs), spin-offs and startups. Unmanned drone systems The competition, officially started in June 2019, recently closes the first of three scheduled contests. The final contest will end in 2022. Over the next two years, the doctoral students, supported by the professors and in collaboration with the university teams and Leonardo, will develop and propose more innovative capabilities applied to unmanned drone systems. The ‘Leonardo Drone Contest’ is the only competition in Italy in which universities compete in an artificial intelligence competition. Leonardo is the only company in Europe able to provide complete remote piloted solutions - by designing and developing all the elements of a drone based system - for intelligence, surveillance, monitoring, information acquisition missions, integrating platforms, radar sensors and electro-optics, mission systems and ground control stations. The development of technologies and applications in the unmanned field is part of Leonardo's strategic plan, including a path of sustainable growth and increased competitiveness in the long term.
Leonardo is part of the Global Compact LEAD, a selected group of global companies recognised as having a role within the corporate sustainability initiative. Being Global Compact LEAD is the recognition of the company commitment to the Ten Principles of the Global Compact relating to human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption, and towards support of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The recognition took place during the event Uniting Business Live (21-23 September), on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly. Sustainable development goal On the occasion, the Statement from Business Leaders for Renewed Global Cooperation, promoted by the Global Compact, was presented to the UN Secretary-General, António Guterres. More than 1,000 CEOs from more than 100 countries signed the Statement. Among the signatories was the CEO of Leonardo, Alessandro Profumo. He responded to the appeal of the Global Compact after having also participated in a series of interviews, which involved 60 senior executives in the context of the Action Platform dedicated to the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 16, focused on issues related to Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions. The Company has participated in the multi-stakeholder collaboration platform since 2019. It is precisely within this framework that the Statement was developed. Innovating business models Being Global Compact LEAD increases our sense of responsibility towards people and the Planet" “Being Global Compact LEAD increases our sense of responsibility towards people and the Planet,” underlines Alessandro Profumo, CEO of Leonardo. “Companies and institutions need urgently to work together, in a spirit of trust and multilateral cooperation, to find effective answers to global challenges and transformations.” “Investing in the technologies of the future through continuous innovation is at the centre of our sustainability strategy. By participating in the Global Compact and its collaboration platforms - adds Profumo - we are an active part of a global movement that, on the basis of different experiences but shared principles, is committed to innovating business models, also through new governance and finance approaches, to build a more equitable, inclusive and sustainable world.” Sustainable corporate finance Leonardo is also a member of the CFO Taskforce of the Global Compact, which was established at the end of 2019, which the Company’s CFO, Alessandra Genco, has joined. The network will play a central role in defining a roadmap for sustainable corporate finance. Thanks to the commitment of the Taskforce and the signing of the Principles for Integrated SDG Investments and Finance, Leonardo will contribute to the creation of a sustainable financial model for the prosperity of companies and communities.
Leonardo is proud to announce the appointment of Alessandro Profumo to the Presidency of AeroSpace and Defence Industries Association of Europe (ASD). The CEO of Leonardo will lead the organisation for the next two years, representing the largest companies and over 3,000 SMEs and associations from 18 European countries. The appointment was made at a ‘virtual’ meeting of the Association’s Board. Physical and digital security “I am honoured to be given this role, which I take on with pride and a great sense of responsibility for the future. With pride because during this time of emergency, at the peak of COVID-19, the capabilities of our sector have made it possible to transfer patients, doctors, and medical equipment where it was most needed.” “We were able to guarantee communications, transport, monitoring, including from space, as well as physical and digital security, in Italy and across the world,” said Alessandro Profumo. European recovery programme “The responsibility derives from taking on this role in a phase that poses challenges of a political, economic, social and environmental nature and which calls for a cohesive European system also at an industrial level.” “It is already clear today – added Profumo – that the AD&S sector will be key to many of the priorities identified in the European recovery programme: digitisation, the green deal, cyber security, competitiveness in Europe as well as a driving force for the education system. I will work to ensure that the potential of the AD&S sector is recognised, deployed and supported with effective tools and investments, promoting a continuous and transparent dialogue with European stakeholders.”
CybertechLive Europe 2020, the international cyber security exhibition organised in collaboration with Leonardo, is ready to re-start. With the event’s usual two days of debates, conferences and face-to-face meetings postponed until to 2021, the Cybertech Europe will take place on September 16th in a streamlined digital format, virtually bringing together thousands of participants and speakers from the worlds of government and industry. Key guests include Paola Pisano, Italy’s Minister for technological innovation and digitisation, Alessandro Profumo, CEO of Leonardo, and Tommaso Profeta, the new Managing Director of Leonardo’s Cyber Security Division; Margaritis Schinas, Vice President of the European Commission and Roberto Baldoni, Deputy Director General of the Italian Security Intelligence Department (DIS). Cyber security industry The major topics being covered at the event will be digital transformation as a key part of the European recovery plan and the challenges and priorities of an industrial security strategy that aims to ensure cyber/digital resilience in the “new post-pandemic normal”. The programme will also focus on the need to strengthen technological sovereignty across Europe and the impetus for closer collaboration between governments and the security and cyber security industry. Alessandro Profumo, CEO of Leonardo, commented: “The Covid-19 crisis has further demonstrated the importance of new technologies to society. The digital transition must remain a top priority for Italy and Europe, where the implementation of the EU digital and data strategy is more important than ever. The security and defence industry has a significant role to play in the development of these technologies, which must embed security at their core in order to ensure resilience and operational continuity”.
Leonardo has announced its selection as the Technical Partner of the Cortina 2021 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships, to be held in Cortina d'Ampezzo, Belluno in February 2021. The partnership agreement, signed with Fondazione Cortina 2021, reinforces Leonardo’s position as one of the market leaders in the provision of security technology and expertise for major events. Leonardo, a renowned brand in security, aerospace and defence, will provide a comprehensive package including video surveillance and advanced video analysis for all Cortina 2021 venues, which will deliver data collection, analysis and classification in real time. Secure and reliable radio communications systems will also be provided, ensuring the effective coordination of security activities and emergency response plans. Innovation and sustainability The project will also include the provision of training, operational support and technical assistance. “Cortina 2021 and Leonardo share a culture of integrity underpinned by innovation and sustainability. These are the foundations on which we build shared value, while protecting the social, environmental and economic interests of the communities with which we work”, said Alessandro Profumo, Leonardo Chief Executive Officer. Stimulating future projects Leonardo is the ideal partner to help us effectively organise this great upcoming event" “Advanced technology will unite with sporting excellence at this important event. Leonardo’s solutions will contribute to the safe delivery of Cortina 2021, ensuring the highest level of protection while also improving the quality of the experience for athletes, fans and the local community. The event will be a global showcase, highlighting Italy’s resilience in the face of crisis and stimulating future projects that will see the country increasingly united, confident and focused on the future.” Valerio Giacobbi, CEO of Fondazione Cortina 2021 said “Leonardo is the ideal partner to help us effectively organise this great upcoming event. We chose the company for its ability to dependably provide protection that meets our very high standards. By working with Leonardo, we will be able to achieve an important goal, to deliver a unique event where high-tech security will play a central role.” Some major events Leonardo has previously served as technology partner for a number of other major events, providing security at the 2017 G7 summit in Taormina, the 2015 Milan Expo, the 2009 G8 summit in L’Aquila, and for large-scale sporting occasions including the 2018 and 2014 Commonwealth Games, 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, 2013 World Cycling Championship and 2006 Olympic Winter Games in Turin.
UK, Sweden and Italy have begun trilateral industry discussions to strengthen collaboration between the three nations, as they develop future combat air capability. The new trilateral framework sees industry from the three nations bringing together their skills and expertise in the combat air sector to collaborate on the research and development of cutting-edge technologies. The three national industries comprise defence companies from the UK (BAE Systems, Leonardo UK, Rolls Royce and MBDA UK), Italy (Leonardo Italy, Elettronica, Avio Aero and MBDA Italia) and Sweden (Saab and GKN Aerospace Sweden). Combat air capability This announcement builds on bilateral discussions which have taken place between the UK and Swedish and Italian industries and establishes a trilateral industry group. Together, the companies will assess common routes to future combat air capability using their know-how, expertise and technology development activities across current and future combat air systems. This framework is another step on the path towards a full agreement between these national industries This framework is another step on the path towards a full agreement between these national industries to formalise areas of joint collaboration on future combat air systems development. These national industries each directly employ tens of thousands of people and support many more highly skilled jobs through their supply chains, underpinning national security and supporting economic prosperity in the UK, Sweden and Italy. Cross-border system Charles Woodburn, Chief Executive Officer, BAE Systems, said: “International partnering provides the best opportunity to deliver a capable, flexible and upgradeable combat air system. We’ve made good progress with Saab and Leonardo in identifying shared goals and expertise and through this new framework, we can build on this collaboration to unlock the huge potential across our three nations.” Alessandro Profumo, Chief Executive Officer, Leonardo, said: “All three national industries fully grasp the historic nature of this moment. Tempest will be the cornerstone of a cross-border system of common defence which will extend far beyond combat air. It will secure enormous economic benefits and vast industrial and technological progress for Italy and our partners. Together, we share an understanding that if we get this right now, our respective aerospace and defence industries will thrive for a generation.” National security interest Combat Air is a key component of Sweden’s defence policy and it is defined as a national security interest" Micael Johansson, Chief Executive Officer, Saab, said: “Combat Air is a key component of Sweden’s defence policy and it is defined as a national security interest. Saab is therefore taking these important steps to remain at the forefront of System of Systems development and the advanced technologies within Combat Air.” “We welcome the leadership by the Swedish and UK government, as shown with their July 2019 MoU, and are pleased to deepen our relationship with Italian industry. Our announcement of an initial £50m Future Combat Air investment and a new FCAS centre in the UK, will contribute to closer working relationships with the other FCAS industrial partners and the UK Ministry of Defence.” Three nations industries The UK has existing co-operation with Sweden and Italy. All three nations industries and militaries are partners in the joint development and operation of the Meteor beyond visual air-to-air missile that is arming Gripen, Eurofighter Typhoon and F-35. Swedish-made chaff and flare dispensers are used on UK Typhoons and Saab’s Giraffe radar is a key part of the UK’s Sky Sabre ground defence system. Swedish Gripen E aircraft are equipped with radars designed and built by Leonardo in Edinburgh. Meanwhile, both the Royal Air Force and the Aeronautica Militare operate the same, potent fleet of Eurofighter Typhoon and F-35 aircraft, part of more than 50 years of close collaboration in combat air.
Leonardo has chosen Atos, a globally renowned company in digital transformation, cloud and cyber security solutions, as the technological partner for the development of the supercomputer that will be installed in Genoa, in one of the six Italian Leonardo Labs, the Group’s new laboratories dedicated to advanced research and technological innovation. Supercomputer for Genoa Lab “The supercomputer that we are developing in Genoa will significantly strengthen both the Company’s capabilities and on a national scale in supercomputing, Big Data, and autonomous and intelligent systems” said Alessandro Profumo, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Leonardo. Alessandro adds, “This project will contribute significantly to the positioning of Italy among the top five nations in the world of computing capabilities in the sectors of public and industrial research.” Atos-integrated computer centre The new computer centre, integrated by Atos, will be one of the first in Europe, and the first in Italy, to be equipped with the latest generation NVidia A100 accelerators. The supercomputer will count on a battery of over one hundred supercomputing units, for a total computing power greater than 5PFlops (5 million billion floating point operations per second), connected by a high-performance network and a storage system equipped with the latest hardware and software technologies, for a storage capacity of the order of 20Pbytes (20 million Gigabytes). Collaboration on quantum computing research projects Leonardo and Atos will also be able to collaborate on further research projects related to quantum computing Leonardo and Atos will also be able to collaborate on further research projects related to quantum computing. Leonardo’s supercomputer, developed together with Atos, will be the nerve centre of the Genoese headquarters of Leonardo Labs, the new corporate research and development laboratories dedicated to innovation in Leonardo’s traditional sectors and to the development of new technologies in the longer term. The Labs are being built in the proximity of Leonardo’s main industrial sites in Italy and abroad with the aim of facilitating technology transfer and maximising the benefits for the surrounding territories, and strengthening collaboration with local institutions. Leonardo Labs in Italy Leonardo has recently launched its international recruitment call for 68 young and talented people for Leonardo Labs, who will join in six specific research areas (Artificial Intelligence and Autonomous Intelligent System, Big Data Analytics, High Performance Computing, Electrification of Aeronautical Platforms, Materials and Structures and Quantum Technologies) and which will be part of the teams that are being set up in the six Labs sites, present, in addition to Genoa, and in the areas of Milan, Turin, Rome, Naples and Taranto in Italy. The new laboratories will also allow a continuous flow of talent to ensure flexibility and renewal, both of skills and professional abilities, on the basis of an internationally adopted model by which young international external researchers will work together with experts and researchers across Leonardo’s Divisions.
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