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.
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