Future Aviation and Uncrewed Systems

Today, the effective use of uncrewed systems is a very visible representation of the latest aerospace technology developments shaping the battlefield – one characterised by innovation, the proliferation of technology, digitisation and the need to rapidly develop capability fit for the tempo of operations.

There is no clearer example than the employment of uncrewed systems to demonstrate how low-cost solutions, developed en masse, are increasingly capable of defeating more exquisite capabilities and delivering disproportionate impact on the frontline.

Uncrewed technologies are therefore forming an important part of the UK’s force mix along with crewed aviation and other conventional forces. The seamless integration and operation of uncrewed and autonomous systems alongside crewed platforms will significantly enhance the nation's defence capabilities. Through constant adaptation and iterative development, they will deliver a more potent military effect that ensures we are better able to defend and deter our enemies.

iAero is a collaboration between Somerset Council and Leonardo Helicopters UK, sitting at the heart of the aerospace ecosystem at the Home of British Helicopters in Yeovil.

Leonardo and the UK MOD have been working together since 2013 to investigate the potential for a Rotary Wing Uncrewed Air System (RWUAS) to contribute to the delivery of military effect.

Leonardo is innovating Air Launched Effects (ALE) – deploying UAS from aircraft bringing untold operator advantages / effects at distance.

Leonardo Future Programmes Group: The UK innovation hub for military uncrewed systems

Leonardo Future Programmes Group: The UK innovation hub for military uncrewed systems

We take a deeper dive into Leonardo's Future Programmes Group and its vision going forward, and how it is responding to – and informing – the future requirements of military helicopters.