Leonardo recognises that delivery of leading-edge capability requires working closely with an extensive supply network.
Much of the work undertaken by Leonardo sees us focus our expertise on design, development, assembly, integration, testing and certification; this approach is based upon a robust and sustainable manufacturing supply chain, with over 1,550 SMEs.
It is crucial for us to be able to leverage developments in new technologies as they emerge. This often means working with small start-up businesses, university spin-offs, or specialist SMEs. We recognise that smaller enterprises can have limited resilience, capacity and cash resources. We have therefore designed our project and supplier management processes to help them through collaborative development processes, shield them from some of the project risk, and, on occasion, help protect their commercial viability.