For over 80 years, Leonardo in the UK has been undertaking cutting-edge research and development and innovating:

  • From designing gyros for WWII Spitfires, to today, working on Britain’s next generation combat aircraft
  • Advancing electronics for self-protection, detection and sensing, tackling emerging problems like countering drones
  • Using the ever-growing amount of data to make decisions, such as our work with the Home Office tackling illegality
  • Building and certifying the next generation of vertical lift aircraft.

Today's Leonardo UK combines the heritage of the likes of GEC, Marconi and Westland, with innovation being central to everything we do and stand for. In the UK, we invest around £220 million in research and development, which helps focus our people on developing creative, fit for the future and bespoke capability for our customers' success.

80+ years of innovation

80+ years of innovation

£220m of R&D investment annually

£220m of R&D investment annually

Collaborating with 60+ higher education institutions

Collaborating with 60+ higher education institutions

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Leonardo's UK heritage

Leonardo's UK heritage

Leonardo makes a significant contribution to the UK economy, as it has done since late the 19th century, through its various guises. Over this time, many companies have merged and been acquired, culminating in the establishment of Leonardo in the UK in January 2017.

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