Maintenance Repair & Overhaul Space Air Cargo

Home- Stories

Leonardo Eyes Deepening Partnership with UAE

Our Bureau - : Nov 14, 2023 - : 1:43 am

Leonardo is looking to deepen its partnership with the UAE, which is one of the largest export markets for the Italian defence conglomerate with 100 helicopters, 45 ships featuring dedicated systems and artillery and Al Fursan aerobatic team’s airplanes. Leonardo has a 50+ years presence in UAE.

The company is now eyeing new growth opportunities in the Space and Cyber Security fields, starting from the recent collaboration with Khalifa University to offer certification and training programmes in Abu Dhabi. With a total computing power of 5 million billion floating-point operations per second and advanced Artificial Intelligence capabilities, Leonardo is well suited to support the ongoing digital transformation process in the country

The company is highlighting its core competencies in the electronics and helicopter sectors, with systems and training solutions as well as support services, at the ongoing show. It is also looking at the strong national interest in newer developing and technology innovation fields such as Artificial Intelligence, Space and Cyber Security.

Leonardo is now aiming to strengthen the strategic partnership with the country, expand the collaboration with local companies and institutions, both industrially and technologically, and deliver training for highly skilled professionals. As an example, in the space sector, Leonardo’s industrial expertise in general terms covers the entire value chain: satellite and orbital infrastructure manufacturing, equipment and high-tech sensor production, satellite service management, propulsion and launcher systems. Therefore, with this expertise, Leonardo is well-positioned as an ideal partner for initiatives in the space sector.

Cyber Security can be another vital area of interest for Leonardo, which has a recent cooperation with Khalifa University to offer certification and training programs in Abu Dhabi. The company is ready to provide the country with its know-how in digital infrastructure resilience against cyber-attacks and response capability. Cyber Security increasingly involves all sectors and will be even more so in the future. This will require a solid effort to secure not only digital and physical infrastructures but also systems and platforms, communications, and mobility since their early design stages.

Data gathering, analysis, use, and protection are vital to these new technology development areas. Thanks to some of the most powerful performance computing and Artificial Intelligence capabilities available in aerospace, defense, and security, Leonardo can manage all of those phases. The davinci-1 HPC is significantly contributing to accelerating the digitization processes of the Company thanks to its 200 servers, 5 million billion floating-point operations per second, and a memory of 20 million gigabytes. Leonardo can support government and institutional agencies and authorities in their digital transformation plans to benefit communities’ security and service quality.

At the ongoing Show, the company is also presenting technology capabilities, confirming its solid and competitive position in core sectors. It is displaying the TMMR (Tactical Multi-Mission Radar), a multi-domain dual-use radar suitable for anti-drone and Counter Rocket, Artillery, and Mortar (C-RAM) for short-range air defense, platform, vehicle, territorial and infrastructural protection. Additionally, the Osprey multi-function electronically scanned array radar for land and maritime surveillance.

An Italian Guardia di Finanza’s AW169 helicopter is on static display, featuring one of the type’s most recent, complete, and sophisticated configurations with several proprietary technologies in integrated sensors and mission equipment. This aircraft will carry out a demonstration tour in the UAE over the next few weeks. The introduction of skids, the performance increase, and the certification of dedicated SAR – Search and Rescue modes, together with the future advantages of an increased gross weight and larger capacity, will make the AW169 the ideal solution to modernize the fleets used in the region for public services and energy industry support.

Leonardo has supplied more than 100 helicopters to the UAE, which are used in the country for VIP transport, energy industry support, rescue and security, with one of the leading logistics centres established by Leonardo with the local partner Abu Dhabi Aviation. Moreover, 45 ships are in service with the Navy’s feature systems, radars, communication systems, and artillery supplied by Leonardo. Notably, the Aermacchi MB-339 trainer and the relevant training capabilities have been provided to the Al Fursan aerobatic team.


Headquartered in Singapore with reporters spread across all major regions, GBP Aerospace & Defence is a leading media house that publishes three publications that serve the aerospace and defence sector - Asian Defence Technology, Asian Airlines & Aerospace and Daily News. Known industry-wide for quality journalism, GBP Aerospace & Defence is present at more international tradeshows and exhibitions than any other competing publication in the region.
For over three decades, our award-winning team of reporters has been producing top-notch content to help readers stay abreast of the latest developements in the field of commercial aviation, MRO, defence, and Space.

Popular Posts

Copyright 2024. GBP. All Rights Reserved.

Home Defence & Security Space Commercial Aviation Maintence Repair & Overhaul Daily News Events About Us