Engineering firm opens £2m Lincoln training facility

UK defence supplier Leonardo opened a new £2 million academy in Lincoln on Friday to train the cyber and electronic experts of the future.

Leonardo is one of the biggest suppliers of defence equipment to the UK MoD and the new facility more than triples its training capacity in Lincoln so 150 students can train at any one time.

The site at Alpha Court will educate technical specialists from the UK and internationally within the Cyber and Electromagnetic Activities (CEMA) domain.

Air Marshal Philip Osborn, the UK’s Chief of Defence Intelligence, officially opened the facility at an event at the site at Alpha Court on Kingsley Road in Lincoln, where defence and security company Leonardo will educate technical specialists.

Leonardo Cyber Training Facility. Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

Air Marshal Phillip Osborn, UK Chief of Defence Intelligence and Mark Hamilton, Senior VP of Electronic Warfare at Leonardo , cutting the ribbon at the new facility. Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

Air Marshal Philip Osborn. Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

Inside the Leonardo Cyber Training Facility. Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

Leonardo has had a base in Lincoln since 2009, training and supporting UK Armed Forces at the nearby Air Warfare Centre at RAF Waddington

Training at the new Academy facility will initially be an extension of existing activities, focusing on ‘electronic warfare’.

UK and allied international armed forces will learn to master the latest techniques and equipment required for today’s electronic-driven battlespace.

Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

Around 70% of training delivered is expected to be to international customers and Leonardo employs the UK’s most established community of experts in CEMA and is one of the main suppliers of such technology to the UK Armed Forces.

The company also provides more than 60% of the avionics on-board the Eurofighter Typhoon aircraft operated by the RAF and its allies and also provides the protective equipment and support for the UK’s helicopter fleet.

The Leonardo Academy in Lincoln is already under contract to host delegates from international allies including Brazil and South Korea.

Anyone interested should contact Karen Broughton at Leonardo via email at [email protected]

Inside the Leonardo Cyber Training Facility. Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

Head of the Lincoln Training Academy Adam Clarke. Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

Head of the Lincoln Training Academy Adam Clarke. Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

Mark Hamilton, Senior VP of Electronic Warfare at Leonardo and Air Marshal Phillip Osborn, UK Chief of Defence Intelligence. Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

Air Marshal Phillip Osborn, UK Chief of Defence Intelligence addressing the room. Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

Mark Hamilton, Senior VP of Electronic Warfare at Leonardo and Air Marshal Phillip Osborn, UK Chief of Defence Intelligence. Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

Mike Webb Flight Trials & Integration Engineer at Leonardo. Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

Neil Budden and Sam Qaisar. Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

Mike Webb Flight Trials & Integration Engineer at Leonardo. Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite


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