Leonardo - Industrial Partner of the International Program GCAP (Global Combat Air Program)

Date: Issue 120 - February 2023

Leonardo is a strategic partner in the GCAP (Global Combat Air Program) which aims to create a new-generation system of systems for multi-domain operations, to be operational by 2035. The program, which involves Italy, the UK and Japan, represents a challenge aimed at protecting and strengthening national technological and industrial sovereignty while ensuring prosperity, safeguarding specialist skills, generating employment and improving the competitiveness of the Aerospace, Defense and Security sectors in international markets. The program will encompass the entire Italian supply chain, including universities, research centers and SME companies as well as the industries involved.

Italy, the UK and Japan, through their national industry leads Leonardo, BAE Systems and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, will collaborate in the development of technologies for the sixth-generation combat aircraft that will operate within a system of systems concept. In addition to Leonardo, which has already participated in the program since 2018 through Leonardo UK, the Italian team will involve Avio Aero, Elettronica and MBDA Italia together with the country’s wider innovation and manufacturing ecosystem.