Leonardo is sponsoring and presenting the Heli Conference event taking place in Dubai on May 25th and 26th. Leonardo – a global aerospace and defence company headquartered in Italy – is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of advanced high-performance helicopters for commercial, para public and military operators worldwide. The Company manufactures rotorcraft that encompass all principal weight categories, from the 1.8 tonne single engine to the 16 tonne three engines.
In the UAE, approximately 90% of the VVIP rotorcraft fleet comprises of Leonardo helicopters, which are more than 100 in the country, including the AW139, AW169, AW189 and AW109 models, performing a variety of operations including Emergency Medical Services, Search and Rescue, law enforcement, and offshore transport. Whatever the mission – rescue or medical operations, security needs or energy services, executive and private transport, battlefield, and naval tasks – Leonardo’s comprehensive range of helicopters perform with maximum efficiency and safety.
At Heli Conference, Leonardo presents its visions on VTOL (Vertical Take-Off and Landing) solutions for Defence and Security operations. Leonardo’s offer includes state-of-the-art unmanned platforms, like AWHero, a dual-use platform able to perform civil and military missions day and night, over land and sea. It is the only Rotary Unmanned Air System (RUAS) in its class that has been designed to the same safety design concepts applied to helicopters such as systems redundancy and guarantees high reliability and maintainability, ensuring low operating costs.
Leonardo and the UAE
Leonardo has a branch in Abu Dhabi and its history in the UAE dates back to the 1970s in the fields of military pilot training and defence systems. Today, the Emirati Armed Forces continue to make use of Leonardo’s advanced technologies, which contribute to the security of the country. The UAE has chosen the MB.339 trainer jet for their national aerobatic team Al Fursan, and Emirati pilots were trained in Italy, using Leonardo aircraft and teaching systems. Leonardo has also provided integrated naval systems for combat management, naval radars, fire control systems, missile electronics, and military radios for more than 20 ships in the UAE, including Ghannatha, Baynunah, Falaj 2 and Abu Dhabi-class corvettes. Approximately 90% of the VVIP rotorcraft fleet of UAE is made of Leonardo helicopters, which are more than 100 in the country. Leonardo offers its advanced knowledge in the management of new challenges related to cyber security, drones detection and defeat, and to protection of major events. The Company’s goal is to further strengthen its strategic partnerships, which are already creating value through successful collaborations, and – building on its proven track record as a global provider in innovative technology – to increase the level of its cooperation with Emirati national companies.