This story is part of AIN's continuing coverage of the impact of the coronavirus on aviation.
Leonardo is using fixed-wing aircraft and helicopters to aid Italian authorities in the country’s ongoing struggle against Covid-19. Two C-27Js transport aircraft and one ATR 72 turboprop are supporting the Protezione Civile (Italy’s Civil Protection Department), shuttling between Italian airports and other destinations to deliver medical equipment including ventilators and masks. Leonardo’s helicopter division is supplying three aircraft—two AW139s and one AW189—to support the maintenance of armed forces, police, and health care helicopters.
In addition to these aircraft, Leonardo’s aerostructures and electronics divisions, in partnership with Brescia-based Isinnova, are manufacturing 3D-printed plastic valves used to convert snorkeling masks into respirators for sub-intensive therapies. Next month Leonardo’s Cyber Division will begin offering free threat intelligence service for two months to enable companies to improve their cyber defenses that could be potentially compromised due to large-scale smart working due to the Covid-19 emergency. The service will be offered to the first 100 companies that request it and provide monitoring of cyber threats and cover related vulnerabilities.
Leonardo said it was providing Covid-19 assistance to “provide resources and people in support of national institutions’ management and containment” of the pandemic and to support Covid-19 patients and their families “during this time of unprecedented health emergency in Italy.”