Leonardo

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Leonardo S.p.A., formerly Leonardo-Finmeccanica and Finmeccanica until April 2016, is an Italian global high-tech company and a key player in aerospace, defence and security. Headquartered in Rome, it has 180 sites worldwide.

Leonardo is Italy's largest arms producer and among the top 10 globally. According to SIPRI, Its arms sales reached $8.5 billion in 2016—a decrease of 8.2 per cent compared with 2015. Leonard's products include military helicopters, fighter aircraft, drones, missiles, naval guns, artillery and armoured combat vehicles.[1]

The company has sold drones to Pakistan, armoured vehicles to Oman and helicopters to Algeria, Libya and Turkey according to Campaign Against the Arms Trade.

UK division

Leonardo's UK division was merged into a single company from 1 January 2017, bringing together AgustaWestland Ltd, Selex ES Ltd, DRS Technologies UK Ltd and Finmeccanica UK Ltd. under the name Leonardo MW Limited, 'where the M and W stand for Marconi and Westland' - 'important parts of our heritage' according to a company news release.[2]

People

  • Norman Bone, chairman and managing director of Leonardo MW Ltd, and managing director of the Leonardo Airborne & Space Systems Division.

Revolving door

  • Sir Brian Burridge, senior vice-president Leonardo-Finmeccanica
  • Air Vice Marshal, John Ponsonby, former RAF senior officer, was managing director of Leonardo's helicopter division in 2017
  • Air Commodore Chris Bushell, former director of the Typhoon Project team at DSO, now director of major air programmes at Selex (Leonardo). 'Responsible for coordination of support to Typhoon and JSF programmes in multiple lines of business across the company' according to his LinkedIn profile. Previously senior vice-president of Electronic Warfare at Selex ES in 2013. [3]

Whitehall access passes

In October 2017 a freedom of information request revealed that Leonardo holds 13 passes allowing its staff access to the Ministry of Defence buildings in Whitehall. Other companies included Capita (84 passes), Fujitsu (50), BAE (19) and PA Consulting (15). [4]

Lobbying firms retained

Notes

  1. SIPRI The SIPRI Top 100 arms-producing and military services companies, 2016, SIPRI Factsheet, December 2017
  2. Leonardo-Finmeccanica establishes Leonardo MW limited, the new single entity to oversee its UK operations, press release, 4 August 2016, accessed 24 March 2018
  3. BAE Systems, Eurofighter Typhoon Electronic Warfare Support, press release 22 November 2013, accessed 27 March 2018
  4. Ministry of Defence reply 17 October 2017 to CAAT Freedom of Information request dated 18 September 2018], accessed 29 January 2018.