With a strong presence in the UAE, Leonardo is participating in the Dubai Airshow 2023, which takes place between 13 and 17 November, highlighting its key competencies in the electronics and helicopter sectors, including systems, training solutions and support services. Furthermore, the company recognizes the strong national interest in new areas of technological development and innovation, such as artificial intelligence, space and cybersecurity.
Leonardo has a presence of over 50 years in the UAE, one of the company’s largest export markets, and has a highly diversified portfolio of products, services and collaborations, in both the civil and defense sectors. More than 100 helicopters are used in the country to transport VIPs and support the energy, rescue and security sector, from Leonardo, in partnership with Abu Dhabi Aviation, one of the main logistics centers established in the region. In the domestic Navy, there are 45 ships in service with resource systems, radars, communications and artillery systems provided by Leonardo. Finally, the company provided an Aermacchi MB-339 trainer and related training resources to the Knights aerobatic team.
Leonardo now aims to strengthen the strategic partnership with the country, expand cooperation with local companies and institutions, both industrially and technologically, and provide training for highly qualified professionals. In space, for example, Leonardo’s industrial expertise covers the entire value chain: manufacturing of satellites and orbital infrastructure, production of high-tech equipment and sensors, management of services for satellites, propulsion systems and launchers. Therefore, thanks to this experience, Leonardo is well placed to be a key partner in initiatives in the space sector.
Cybersecurity has become another vital area of interest. Along with the recent collaboration with Khalifa University, which offers certification and training programs in Abu Dhabi, the company is ready to provide the country with its expertise in digital resilience infrastructure against cyber attacks and response capabilities. Cybersecurity increasingly includes all sectors and will be even greater in the future. This will require a strong effort to protect not only digital and physical infrastructure, but also systems, platforms, communications and mobility from the initial design stages.
Collecting, analysing, using and protecting data is vital to the development of these new technological fields. With some of the most powerful computing and AI capabilities available in the aerospace, defense and security sectors, Leonardo has the power to manage all of these steps. Davinci-1 HPC contributes significantly to accelerating the company’s digital transformation operations, through 200 servers, a volume of up to 5 billion floating operations per second, and 20 million GB of memory. Today, Leonardo can support governmental and institutional agencies and authorities in their digital transformation plans, with the aim of enhancing the security and quality of services provided to international communities.
At the Dubai Airshow, Leonardo will also present other technological resources, underscoring its strong and competitive position in key defense sectors. The company is showcasing the TMMR (Tactical Multi-Mission Radar), a dual-use multi-area radar suitable for short-range, platform and vehicle air defence, anti-drone missiles, artillery and mortars (C-RAM). Territorial protection and infrastructure. In addition, the Osprey radar is equipped with a multi-function electronic scanning array for land and sea surveillance.
The AW169 helicopter from Italy’s Guardia di Finanza is displayed on a static display, featuring one of the newest, most sophisticated and complex configurations for this type of aircraft, with many special technologies in integrated sensors and mission equipment. In the coming weeks, the same aircraft will go on a test tour in the country. The introduction of skids, increased performance and the adoption of dedicated SAR modes, combined with the future advantages of increased gross weight and increased capacity, will make the AW169 the ideal solution for modernizing fleets used in the region for general services and support. Energy sector.
Leonardo, a global high-technology company, is among the world’s leading aerospace, defense and security companies and a leading industrial company in Italy. Organized into five business divisions, Leonardo has a significant industrial presence in Italy, the UK, Poland and the USA, where it also operates through subsidiaries including Leonardo DRS (Defense Electronics), joint ventures and partnerships: ATR, MBDA, Telespazio, Thales Alenia Space and Aveo. Leonardo competes in the most important international markets benefiting from technological product leadership areas (helicopters, aircraft, aerostructures, electronics, cybersecurity and aerospace). Leonardo was listed on the Milan Stock Exchange (LDO) in 2020, recording consolidated revenues of €13.4 billion and investing €1.6 billion in R&D. The company has been part of the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) since 2010 and was confirmed among the global sustainability leaders in 2021. Leonardo is also included in the MIB ESG Index.