Helicopter manufacturer Leonardo has agreed research tie-ups with the Israeli Innovation Authority and Ramot Tel Aviv University.

The aim. Leonardo announced, “is to strengthen relations with Israel’s innovation ecosystem, which fuels 15% of its GDP [gross domestic product] and accounts for more than 50% of Israeli exports”.

“Together with the Israeli Innovation Authority and with Ramot, the Technology Transfer Office of the Tel Aviv University, Leonardo intends to strengthen cooperation relationships in particular in the field of start-up development,” it added.

Leonardo said it hopes to tap into Israel’s “track record as a start-up nation as a result of its 7,000-plus start-ups and 430-odd venture capital funds” in areas such as defence, cyber-security, aeronautics, intelligence and space.