Leonardo-Finmeccanica obtained the award thanks to a project that seeks to prevent the risk of in-flight collisions between manned and unmanned aircraft, thus assuring the safety of civil airspace. "This award is an important acknowledgement - underlines Mauro Moretti, Chief Executive Officer and General Director of Leonardo - highlighting a project in a rapidly expanding market segment, unmanned aircraft, which is also a highly relevant topic worldwide. Drone safety is an essential prerequisite to the building of an integrated airspace and for the development of a sector able to offer significant industrial opportunities and technological development to our country. Unmanned aerial vehicles represent the last business frontier for the aerospace and defence industry and Leonardo is among the few companies worldwide to possess a wide range of technologies in this sector".
The innovative technology at the core of the winning project has been developed by an integrated work team, which developed an equipment based on electro-optic and radar sensors, required to prevent in-flight collision risks. Technological innovation is an essential part of Leonardo's growth strategy, and the company has organised its own in-house Leonardo Innovation Award for more than ten years, offering employees worldwide the opportunity to submit new ideas and receive awards for their contribution to the company's continued progress. Since last year, Leonardo has opened the award to young students, graduates and doctoral students from the scientific disciplines at Italy's universities, to help stimulate new ideas and offer entrants additional contact with the company, potentially leading to future employment.