Leonardo, formally Finmeccanica, is an Italian defence and Arms trade, currently the world’s ninth largest Arms trade. Its products include military helicopters, fighter aircraft, drones, missiles, naval guns, artillery and armoured combat vehicles. It has exported arms to a number of oppressive regimes, including Israel.
AgustaWestland, a subsidiary of Italian firm Leonardo, makes components for Apache attack helicopters used by Israel in attacks on the besieged Gaza. Defence for Children International-Palestine have documented how at least 13 children were killed by missiles fired from Apache helicopters during Israel’s 2014 attack on Gaza.
In addition, Israel’s Defence Ministry has purchased seven training helicopters from Leonardo.