Leonardo is an Italian headquartered defence corporation that is recognized for Business Expansion and M&A in the 2022 Army Technology Excellence Awards.

The company and its subsidiaries have been actively acquiring assets to enhance its portfolio including completing the acquisition of a 25.1% stake in the German defence technology company Hensoldt for a cash purchase price of approximately $689m (€606m).

The company’s US arm Leonardo DRS also acquired gimbals producing company Ascendant Engineering Solutions (AES) for an undisclosed consideration.

The company also secured a number of notable contract wins during the research period including from the US Army to produce advanced infrared (IR) machinegun weapon sights with automatic targeting and a $29m contract to deliver new AW119Kx helicopters to Israel.

The company also partnered with Collins Aerospace to provide the Australian Defence Force (ADF) with Type 163 laser target designators (LTDs). The product is a lightweight, compact, high-energy laser targeting system, designed for deployment with the land 

The company’s US arm has also been active and Leonardo DRS secured a contract for the next generation of US Army mission command computing systems known as the Mounted Family of Computer Systems (MFoCS) II.

Company Profile

Leonardo is a provider of global security and advanced technology systems for applications in the aerospace, defense and security sectors.

The company designs, develops, manufactures, and delivers helicopters, defense electronics and aerostructures. It also delivers satellites, orbiting manned infrastructures, apart from providing space related services such as earth observation from space, and satellite navigation and communication.

Leonardo offers land vehicles and land and sea weapon systems, radar systems, aircrafts, missile systems, and underwater systems. Leonardo operates production facilities in the UK, Italy, the US, and Poland.

The company operates through a network of joint ventures and subsidiaries across Europe, North America, Asia-Pacific, and the Middle East. Leonardo is headquartered in Rome, Italy.