Aerospace Lombardia


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Aerospace Lombardia

Distretto Aerospaziale Lombardo

Cluster Description

Facts & Figures

Number of companies 25 large companies, 160 SME
Number of employees 15.000
Number of research institutes 40 public research institutes
Other cluster members Unione degli Industriali della Provincia di Varese

Cluster Management

Organizational form Private Promoter Committee
Financing Member fees 100%; In perspective: donations, public funding from regional /national /EU sources, project funding, etc.

Main Actors

Main industry actors Founding members: AgustaWestland, Alenia Aermacchi, Selex Galileo, CGS Compagnia Generale per lo Spazio, Secondo Mona, Aerea, Gemelli, and Spaziosystem
Main research institutes Politecnico di Milano; INAF-Istituto Nazionale di Astro-Fisica – Osservatorio di Brera (National Institute for Astrophysics); CNR-IREA Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche (National Research Council); Università di Milano - Dipartimento di Fisica; Università di Pavia - Dipartimento di Elettronica; JRC-Joint Research Centre of the European Commission - Ispra; AWPARC–Advanced Rotorcraft Centre for Applied Research; Università Carlo Cattaneo LIUC di Castellanza; as well as many private research centres

Cluster Competences and Strategy

Strengths & Competences

The cluster is a network with various competences: from fixed to rotary wings, from satellites to avionics, from materials to equipment and to the most qualified flight systems.

The main competences are the production of:

  • Trainer aircraft pilot training solutions to meet the requirements of all training phases.
  • Helicopters and vertical flight technologies complete range of civil, military and paramilitary purposes, designed for specific applications.
  • Satellites and scientific payloads for space applications.
    Avionics and system integration for flight navigation and communication.
  • Systems and Equipment mechanical, electromechanical, and hydraulic.
    Structures and airframe for aircraft/helicopters (metal and composites) and interiors.
  • Mechanical components and subsystems.
  • Tools and systems for production, testing, support and maintenance.
  • Special materials: transparent, plastic, sealing, ceramic materials, special paints and enamels.
  • Services: research & development, design & engineering, simulation, training, industrialisation, maintenance, repair & overhaul, etc.

Science & Research

The cluster companies are very active in international research programmes as for example: CLEANSKY (green rotorcraft); DEDALO; VIRGILIO; ELINET; MECH-ZEHENDER-MICROTECH; OPTIMAL, CRYOPLANE, NETWASIF, PLANK–ESA; NICETRIP; SMART FUEL ADSP FRIENDCOPTER. Aerospace Lombardia has a NTS-Technological Scientific group consisiting of R&D experts from companies and universities, who have developed a Technological and Strategic Plan.

International Collaboration

The Lombardy Region is partner of the NEREUS Network of European Regions Using Space Technologies.

In the future, Aerspace Lombardia intends to cooperate on a bilateral level with other  EACP clusters (in the fields of aeronautics, space and embedded systems). At the moment the cluster is developing informal contacts with other clusters particularly in Italy and Germany.

Main Challenges

The main goals are:

  • to create the conditions for further development of the local aerospace sector and for the start-up of new companies;
  • to encourage the autonomous growth of SMEs in the international aerospace market;
  • to support innovation as the main feature of the aerospace industry in Lombardy and to promote the research programmes, particularly for SMEs;
  • to seize opportunities for collaboration with major local players from the first steps of new projects;
  • to support marketing and international cooperation activities by promoting the participation of the local aerospace companies at exhibitions and air shows (ILA Berlin 2010, Aeromat Toulouse 2010; Le Bourget 2011, Aerospace & Defense Meetings 2011, Farnborough 2012);
  • to promote the members of Aerospace Lombardia abroad and to promote them via  an e-scouting platform developed by Supply Chain working group (;
  • to develop Education and Training programmes such as Helicopter and Airplane Master - LIUC University ( and Summer School on Data fusion and high-performance computing onboard aircrafts - Pavia University (