Innovation: people and technology in harmony
Innovation is central to everything Leonardo does and stands for. In the UK, we invest around £200 million (around 10% of turnover) in research and development. This helps focus our people on developing creative, fit for the future and bespoke capability for our customers' success.

Developing a Future Combat Air System

Developing a Future Combat Air System

Under Team Tempest, Leonardo is working with the RAF Rapid Capability Office, BAE Systems, Rolls Royce and MBDA to provide the technologies, knowledge, skills and expertise to develop a Next Generation Combat Air System capable of operating in the 2040+ environment.

Proven Pilot Protection

For over 100 years, Leonardo has designed world-leading airborne electronic warfare solutions that have helped save lives of aircrews on operations around the world. Our BriteCloud decoy represents the most significant advance in radar-guided missile countermeasures since the advent of chaff.

Proven Pilot Protection

Laser fire power

Laser fire power

As part of the MBDA-led UK Dragonfire consortium, Leonardo is working with UK MOD and Dstl to develop a Laser Directed Energy Weapon (LDEW) capable of providing short-range air defence capability or close-in protection for naval vessels, by tracking, deterring or even destroying an incoming threat.

Icarus: enhancing survivability of British Army vehicles and personnel

The ‘Icarus’ Technology Demonstrator Programme seeks to maximise the protection of British Army vehicles and forces against current and future weapons in constantly evolving operational environments.

Icarus: enhancing survivability of British Army vehicles and personnel

The Eye of the Typhoon

The Eye of the Typhoon

Leonardo is a Eurofighter Typhoon consortium partner, providing the Royal Air Force with its multi-role combat air capability. We are responsible for delivering over 60% of the aircraft’s on-board avionics including leading the consortia that develop both the Radar and Defensive Aid Sub-System.

Keeping the RAF Typhoons Flying

Leonardo is working in partnership with BAE Systems to deliver comprehensive avionics support for the Royal Air Force Typhoon as part of TyTAN – the Typhoon Total Availability Enterprise. The programme aims to deliver improved fleet availability and significant cost-savings over a ten-year period.

Keeping the RAF Typhoons Flying

Transforming Airborne Search and Rescue Missions

Transforming Airborne Search and Rescue Missions

The airborne Search and Rescue (SAR) sector could be transformed, thanks to new award-winning technology developed by Leonardo and Smith Myers Communications which can locate a casualty through their mobile phone location, even when out of network coverage.

75 years of cutting-edge electronics excellence

Since the 1940s, Leonardo's Edinburgh site has been a centre of electronics excellence, from designing gyros for WWII Spitfires, to working on Britain’s next generation combat aircraft.

75 years of cutting-edge electronics excellence