Leonardo – Supporting UK Defence & Security

The UK Government’s Integrated Review of Security, Defence, Development and Foreign Policy – 'Global Britain in a Competitive Age' – together with the Defence Command Paper (DCP) and Defence and Security Industrial Strategy (DSIS), set out how in partnership with industry, our armed forces can help the UK ‘build back better’ and supports a vision of a ‘Global Britain’.

As part of this review, the publications reaffirm the UK Ministry of Defence commitments to a number of capabilities in which Leonardo in the UK is already playing a leading role including:

In addition, we look forward to understanding more how our capabilities can further support the cyber and space domains.

Looking to the future, Leonardo is now working to address the requirements of the new Medium Helicopter due to replace the Puma by the middle of the decade and how, in collaboration with UK Government, this and other opportunities could lead to greater export success.

Leonardo’s UK operations contribute £1.9 billion to the economy annually, supporting over 26,000 British jobs. With our focus on high-value work, our employees are shown to be 80% more productive than the UK average.

Leonardo recognises the contribution that the members of the Armed Forces make to the nation through their service and sacrifices as a result of their duty. As part of this, we are a supporter of the “Armed Forces Covenant”, demonstrating our pledge to the Armed Forces Community.

Levelling Up Impact Report

This report reveals the findings of an independent analysis conducted by the Purpose Coalition to evaluate the levers for levelling up at Leonardo in the UK, identifying areas where the business is taking this contribution a step further.

Leonardo has been at the heart of the trend towards greater collaboration within the defence sector, and is a critical member of several teaming agreements on major UK military programmes.

Leonardo employs over 8,500 people highly skilled people across the UK. We are one of the UK’s largest employers of engineering apprentices and graduates, investing around £3.5 million on employee training and development annually, and actively support STEM curricula.

A Strong and Diverse Supply Chain

Maintaining Leonardo's healthy and productive relationships with all our suppliers is critical to our continued success. Our eight major sites across the UK each bring investment into the local economy and wider region through strong links with supply chain companies in the surrounding areas.

Team Tempest (UK MOD, BAE Systems, Leonardo, MBDA and Rolls-Royce) has released a podcast series, in which you can listen to some of the fascinating thoughts, insights and predictions from the innovators, engineers and thinkers behind Team Tempest.

Leonardo was proud to support the Royal Navy Carrier Strike Group (CSG21) through our role as strategic partner to the UK Ministry of Defence and one of the UK's leading equipment suppliers to the UK armed forces.