Few partnerships between our business and the Royal Air Force are as enduring as our partnership with 41 Test and Evaluation Squadron.
This squadron is dedicated to ensuring Typhoon remains a world-leading multi-role combat aircraft and sees RAF personnel working alongside our people to deliver its capability.
Today, this partnership sees us working alongside 41 Squadron personnel on Project Centurion, which will ensure Typhoon is equipped to replace the Tornado GR4 when it retires in 2019.
The squadron's connections to both Typhoon and Tornado go back to 2006 when it operated the Tornado F3 and GR4, before becoming a Typhoon squadron in 2013.
The squadron served with distinction in the Second World War, operating the Supermarine Spitfire built by our predecessor companies.
One of its pilots, Flt Lt Eric Lock, was the most successful RAF pilot during the Battle of Britain.
Many of us will be aware that on Sunday 1 April the Royal Air Force launched RAF100, a national campaign to mark its 100th year.
The Chief of the Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal Sir Stephen Hillier gave lectures in London and Edinburgh to launch the campaign, and there have been some great interviews and programmes on the BBC over the last week, including with our customers at RAF Stations throughout the UK.
Reflecting on its proud record of serving the nation, the RAF100 campaign focuses on 3 themes which will: COMMEMORATE the service and sacrifice of those who have gone before; CELEBRATE its service men and women who continue to aid and protect people around the world; and INSPIRE the next generation, helping them to fulfil their potential and their future aspirations.
Leonardo is proud to be an official partner of the Royal Air Force for RAF100. We have a strong heritage over the past 100 years of helping the RAF maintain operational advantage through innovation in the design, development and production of airborne capability. Many people working within our business have either joined us following a career with the Royal Air Force, or they continue to serve as Reserves or active members of their local Air Cadet Squadrons.
Centenary events, activities and initiatives will run nationwide from April to the end of September 2018. The enduring intent of the initiative, to inspire young people towards careers in aerospace and engineering, will run well into next year and beyond. This is obviously something that our business is already very active in supporting. We look forward to celebrating this very significant milestone with direct participation in initiatives and events throughout 2018, including:
RAF100 Parade and Fly Past – London – 10 July
100 aircraft, representing the RAF’s history, will fly over Buckingham Palace and thousands of servicemen and women will take part in a parade through London.
RAF100 Augmented Reality Flypast App
From May, an app will become available enabling people to 'collect' aircraft and build their own flypast. More information to follow….
More information on RAF100 can be found on RAF100 the Royal Air Force website: https://www.raf.mod.uk/raf100/
Please find below just a few of the projects through which we have supported the RAF over the years:
by Hutchings D Laura on 15/08/2016 14:47We recently took part in the RAF Coningsby bi-annual family day, where ten thousand visitors were treated to impressive flying displays, including one of the first public displays of the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight Lancaster bomber this season. Visitors to the QinetiQ stand got to play with robotic grabbing arms, scratch programming and line-following Lego robots* manned by our three teams permanently based at RAF Coningsby in Lincolnshire.
“This is the first time we’ve supported our customer’s family day and was a great opportunity to increase awareness of the work QinetiQ does among the station personnel,” says Cyber, Information & Training (CIT) Graduate, Henry Nelson. “Our STEM style stand aimed to inspire and entertain visitors of all ages and was a clear success, busy from start to finish.”
We have developed a strong team ethic with our customer over eight years at the site and, as a result, were privileged to be involved in this event and other centenary celebrations for 41(R) Test & Evaluation Squadron (TES), which provides all of the MODs test and evaluation for Typhoon and Tornado aircraft.
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