The Financial Times interview
with Roberto Cingolani

04 January 2024

In Silvia Sciorilli Borrelli's interview, Leonardo’s CEO Roberto Cingolani takes an in-depth look at the scenario and perspectives of the EU’s defence industry, highlighting how its fragmented nature threatens to hinder the bloc's capabilities.

“If you have a lot of companies investing on a lot of different platforms, the average investment on each platform will be low”. That is the starting point for
Roberto Cingolani, who highlights how this scenario limits the potential of European programmes compared to those in the US, which “focuses on a few platforms with large investments”.

“We must start building a critical mass in Europe and lay the foundations for continental defence centres”. A path in which, despite organisational complexities, “the opportunities far outpace the challenges.”