At a ceremony today, Air Marshal Philip Osborn, the UK’s Chief of Defence Intelligence, officially opened a brand new £2 million training facility where defence and security company Leonardo will educate the technical specialists within the Cyber and Electromagnetic Activities (CEMA) domain.
Leonardo, which has invested more than £2 million in the new Lincoln facility, is responding to the growing market demand for training in the skills needed to operate in today’s electronics-driven battlespace.
The new facility more than triples the company’s training capacity in Lincoln to allow 150 students to train at any one time.
Leonardo has had a base in Lincoln since 2009, training and supporting UK Armed Forces based at the nearby Air Warfare Centre at RAF Waddington as well as visiting delegates from allied nations.
Training at the new Leonardo Academy facility will initially be an extension of existing activities, focusing on ‘electronic warfare’.
This is the term used to describe when parts of the invisible electro-magnetic spectrum, such as radio waves, are used in combat.
In addition to UK Forces, the Leonardo Academy in Lincoln is already under contract to host delegates from international allies including Brazil and South Korea, exporting the company’s expertise around the world.
Around 70% of training delivered is expected to be to international customers, boosting Leonardo’s exports from the UK.