– Leonardo has announced a major investment in a new high-tech science and engineering center in Newcastle Helix (UK), an innovative 24-acre city center complex that brings together industry players, businesses and top researchers in one hub of innovation at an international level.
Leonardo plans to employ over 200 people at the new site, generating over £185 million in economic benefits to the region over the next ten years. This initiative will enable the recruitment of the best talent from across the North East of the UK and establish closer links with local small and medium-sized companies, many of which are already part of Leonardo's national supply chain.
Known, in particular, for its domestic production of military helicopters and state-of-the-art electronics installed on board Royal Air Force aircraft, Leonardo is one of the largest suppliers to the British Ministry of Defence. The company plays a central role in the Global Combat Air Program (GCAP), the Anglo-Italian-Japanese initiative aimed at producing a new 6th generation aircraft system that will enter service in 2035. In addition, its Cyber Security Division has been the UK Government's trusted partner to protect sensitive information.
The new center in Newcastle will be focused on research, development and prototyping of the new generation of Leonardo products in the field of sensors, safety and vertical flight. This will be done by leveraging a data-driven approach to design and manufacturing from June 2022 across all company sites in the UK, leveraging secure public cloud environments to put big data at the fingertips of engineers, with the goal of accelerating product development.