About Leonardo

Best known for its onshore production of UK military helicopters and cutting-edge electronics on-board Royal Air Force aircraft, Leonardo is one of the biggest suppliers to the UK Ministry of Defence.  

Leonardo’s helicopters are deployed in more than 150 countries worldwide for every type of mission. Their vertical flight solutions are the most advanced and include comprehensive technical assistance and training services to enable operators to carry out their missions efficiently and safely. 

As well as the full spectrum of capabilities to develop fundamental vertical flight technologies, Leonardo’s range of solutions also includes remotely piloted aircraft and tiltrotors, continuously pushing the boundaries of innovation in air mobility and for every mission requirement.

Our Partnership (How/When it started) 

Leonardo and Morson Projects have been working together for more than 20 years, with our latest contract securing the partnership into its third decade.

In Spring 2023 Morson Projects signed a long-term Strategic Partnering Agreement (SPA) with Leonardo, which enables the UK’s only onshore helicopter manufacturer to offload engineering work to augment the company’s existing highly skilled engineering capacity.

Our Work Together

Morson Projects manage engineering work at Leonardo’s UK helicopter facility through sub-contractors and the management of fixed-price packages across our UK design offices in Northern Ireland (Belfast) and the North of England (Manchester and Hull) as well as their South West presence (Yeovil and Bristol).

Becky Veal, Associate Director at Morson Projects, shared of the partnership:

“Over the years we have established a long-term relationship with Leonardo, which we are now looking forward to taking to the next phase of becoming a long-standing sustainable partner.

“As industry experts we pride ourselves on our collaborative approach and reactive working, which has enabled us to be in a unique position to support Leonardo Helicopters, delivering a wide range of solutions from resourcing to engineering offload.”

Matt Thompson, Head of Engineering Delivery for Leonardo Programme at Morson Projects, added:

“The Prime Supplier Status award is the culmination of many successful years of Leonardo and Morson Projects working collaboratively and is testament to the hard work, passion, and commitment of everyone involved.

“Morson Projects are delighted to work with Leonardo’s industry leading products and be at the forefront of capability enhancement.”

Adam Clarke, Managing Director of Leonardo Helicopters UK, said:

“This Strategic Partnering Agreement enables Leonardo and Morson Projects to not only strengthen relations between the two companies, but it also secures engineering work and supply chain resilience across the UK.”

About Morson Projects

Morson Projects offer comprehensive aerospace engineering services to leading military and commercial aerospace organisations globally. Our highly qualified team provides support throughout the entire project lifecycle, from design and development to manufacturing and post-service. Services include CNC programming, data translation, electrical and avionic design, and more. For further information, on our work with Leonardo Helicopters or our defence engineering capabilities, contact a member of our team on 0161 707 1516 or via email here.