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Airbus is a global leader in aeronautics, space and related services. In 2018, it generated revenues of €64 billion and employed a workforce of around 134,000. Airbus offers the most comprehensive range of passenger airliners. Airbus is also a European leader providing tanker, combat, transport and mission aircraft, as well as one of the world’s leading space companies. In helicopters, Airbus provides the most efficient civil and military rotorcraft solutions worldwide.
Airbus is part of the fabric of the UK. Our 13,500-strong UK workforce designs and builds wings for its commercial aircraft family, is Britain’s largest space company, a world-leader in cyber security, and the biggest supplier of large aircraft to the RAF, through the A400M Atlas and the A330MRTT Voyager. As Britain’s civil helicopter hub, Airbus represents around 50% of the UK’s civil helicopter fleet and is a key supplier to the Ministry of Defence. Airbus has trained more than 1,000 apprentices over the last ten years and has collaborations with more than 20 universities, spending £350 million in UK Research & Development.
Leonardo is among the top ten global players in Aerospace, Defence and Security and Italy’s main industrial company. Organised into seven business divisions, (Helicopters; Aircraft; Aero-structures; Airborne & Space Systems; Land & Naval Defence Electronics; Defence Systems; Security & Information Systems), Leonardo operates in the most competitive international markets by leveraging its areas of technology and product leadership. With headquarters in Italy and over 47,000 employees, the company has a consolidated industrial presence in four main markets (Italy, the UK, the U.S. and Poland), and an important network of strategic partnerships in the main high potential markets worldwide.
With revenues in the UK of £2.3bn, including £1.3bn of exports, Leonardo makes a significant contribution to the UK economy, employing 7,400 highly skilled personnel across the country. The company’s leading position in the UK as a world-class advanced engineering company is built on its sustained investment in research and technology and world-class facilities, and the expertise of several thousand researchers and engineers. Leonardo invests around £200m in R&D in the UK and continues to sustain and invest in a substantial UK supply network of around 2,300 companies. The company’s competitive edge lies in the quality of its individual centres of excellence and their core technical expertise, combined with the collective ability to develop and deliver integrated systems and solutions.