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Leonardo’s commitment to aerospace innovation in the South West of England marked through iAero tenancy

Yeovil, 23/08/2022 - Leonardo is now an anchor tenant at the new aerospace centre iAero, located next to the company’s site in Yeovil, Somerset - the ‘Home of British Helicopters’. This tenancy highlights the company’s continued commitment to aerospace innovation in the region and beyond.

The iAero innovation centre in Yeovil, which opened its doors in February 2022, is a collaboration between Somerset County Council, the Heart of the South West Local Enterprise Partnership and Leonardo Helicopters.

A Leonardo team has now taken residence in the modern innovation hub with a primary focus on aircraft autonomy, electrical systems, and sustainable VTOL (Vertical Take-Off and Landing) technologies.

The team led by Simon Stacey, Head of the Research & Innovation Team at Leonardo Helicopters UK, will address aircraft autonomy and the technologies being explored will consider the reduction of an aircrew’s workload through a variety of ways, such as sub-system health management and higher function autopilot capabilities, like sense and avoid.

Additionally, the team will explore the ability to extend the use of high power high voltage electrical systems in future rotorcraft, and examine how the carbon footprint can be reduced through the utilisation of new materials, alternative fuels, and the integration design processes of rotorcraft amongst many other ways of exploration.

Adam Clarke, MD of Leonardo Helicopters UK, commented: “This tenancy will further stimulate, significant investment and higher-value jobs within Somerset. The iAero centre marks the next frontier for the aerospace community in Somerset. The freedom to explore, experiment, and engineer at the centre will ensure the region remains at the cutting-edge of innovative flight technologies.

“The centre not only cements further that Somerset and indeed Yeovil are at the heart of world leading innovation within British aerospace but it will ensure this legacy continues through the future opportunities and long term prospects it will provide to the younger generation. It is an exciting time to be part of aerospace in the region.”

Note to Editors

  • Leonardo Helicopters has leased the site to Somerset County Council. The centre has been commissioned with £10 million of funding from Somerset County Council, the European Union Regional Development Fund (ERDF), and local Growth Deal funding from the Heart of the South West Local Enterprise Partnership.
  • iAero is a purpose-built 2,685 m2 research, design and innovation facility in the heart of Somerset, built to support the competitiveness and growth of the aerospace and associated high-value design and engineering technology supply chains. The Centre offers high-quality office, light industrial and collaboration space as well as innovation support services.

Leonardo, a global high-technology company, is among the top world players in Aerospace, Defense and Security and Italy’s main industrial company. Organized into five business divisions, Leonardo has a significant industrial presence in Italy, the United Kingdom, Poland and the USA, where it also operates through subsidiaries that include Leonardo DRS (defense electronics), and joint ventures and partnerships: ATR, MBDA, Telespazio, Thales Alenia Space and Avio. Leonardo competes in the most important international markets by leveraging its areas of technological and product leadership (Helicopters, Aircraft, Aerostructures, Electronics, Cyber & Security Solutions and Space). Listed on the Milan Stock Exchange (LDO), in 2021 Leonardo recorded consolidated revenues of €14.1 billion and invested €1.8 billion in Research and Development. The company has been part of the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices (DJSI) since 2010 and has been confirmed among the global sustainability leaders in 2021. Leonardo is also included in the MIB ESG index.

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