HENSOLDT has announced the appointment of Celia Pelaz to the Management Board of the company as of July 1, 2021. As Chief Strategy Officer, she will be responsible for the strategic positioning of HENSOLDT, as well as its business development. Additionally, Celia Pelaz will continue to lead the Spectrum Dominance and Airborne Solutions division, as well as HENSOLDT Ventures. With this step, the Management Board of HENSOLDT will be expanded from three to four members. Management Board expansion Johannes Huth, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of HENSOLDT, said “With the expansion and more diverse lineup of the Management Board, HENSOLDT is preparing the ground for further growth as a global brand. Celia Pelaz has been a perfect fit for HENSOLDT for years. She stands for expertise, strategic foresight and innovative strength. I look forward to working with her.” Thomas Müller, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of HENSOLDT, said “I am delighted that Celia Pelaz, a highly experienced, very tech savvy and widely respected colleague, is joining the Management Board. She has been playing a key role in shaping and driving forward many of our strategic initiatives and, above all, our internationalisation in recent years.” Focus on cyber security, AI and data mining She has perfectly positioned HENSOLDT in the strategically important areas of cyber, AI and data mining" Thomas adds, “In addition, she has perfectly positioned HENSOLDT in the strategically important areas of cyber, artificial intelligence (AI) and data mining. With her as Executive for Strategy and Business Development, we are ideally equipped to further expand HENSOLDT's position as a leading European champion in the field of defence and security electronics." Celia Pelaz has been with HENSOLDT and formerly Airbus for 19 years. Since April 2018, she has been responsible for the Spectrum Dominance and Airborne Solutions division. Prior to that, she was Head of Strategic Business Development. International business veteran In addition to strategic topics, this role also included corporate communications, HENSOLDT’s international businesses and the company's M&A activities. Before that, Celia Pelaz held various management positions at Airbus and its predecessor companies. Celia Pelaz holds a degree in engineering from the Bilbao Chamber of Commerce University (Escuela Universitaria de la Cámara de Comercio de Bilbao).
In the frame of the German ‘Quadriga’ fighter replacement programme sensor solution specialist HENSOLDT will deliver core components of the Eurofighter/Typhoon’s self-protection system ‘PRAETORIAN’. As part of the EuroDASS consortium comprising Leonardo UK, Elettronica and Indra, HENSOLDT has received a contract valued at circa 90 Million Euros for the delivery of essential parts of the aircraft’s defensive aids sub system (DASS). Deliveries are planned from 2023 until end of 2027. Long lasting maintainability “The German Quadriga order is not only an important sign to current export campaigns, but also to core nations considering long term service options,” said Celia Pelaz, Head of Spectrum Dominance/Airborne Solutions at HENSOLDT. In the frame of the ‘Quadriga’ programme 38 of the latest - build standard will replace the Tranche1 Eurofighters. Further production improvements will accompany the Quadriga production also allowing for long lasting maintainability of previous Tranche2/Tranche3 build standards. Providing situational awareness HENSOLDT has been a member of the EuroDASS consortium for decades The existing Praetorian DASS equips the Eurofighter with protection from radar-guided and Infra-Red guided weapons. The integrated sensors and jamming equipment provide situational awareness as well as advanced electronic deception techniques. HENSOLDT has been a member of the EuroDASS consortium for decades contributing detailed knowledge of the aircraft and the programme management as well as a broad range of DASS skills such as dedicated electronics component production, specialised test benches and in-service support. The company also contributes to the Praetorian evolution concept (‘Praetorian eVo’) which will completely renew the Eurofighter’s DASS system to keep pace with future requirements.
Sensor solutions provider HENSOLDT is committed to promoting diversity and equal opportunities within the company as part of its sustainability strategy. In particular, the proportion of female leaders is to be significantly increased in the coming years. The company is setting concrete goals with its ‘Elevate’ initiative. The aim is to increase the proportion of women in the leadership team from 14.5% in 2020 to 25% in 2024. In addition, at least 35% of the company's Executive Committee is to be represented by women in 2024. Implementing concrete strategies "We will implement concrete strategies and direct actions to create a favourable environment to promote and develop women within HENSOLDT. In this way, we want to achieve a balanced distribution of female and male leaders. This is the only way to ensure sustainable growth and the long-term competitiveness of HENSOLDT," says Celia Pelaz, Head of the Spectrum Dominance and Airborne Solutions Division and one of the Executive Committee sponsors for the Elevate initiative. Companies with a culture of diversity and equal opportunities are up to eight times more successful Companies with a culture of diversity and equal opportunities are up to eight times more successful, six times more innovative and agile, three times more efficient, and twice as likely to meet or exceed their financial targets than companies without such a culture. This is what international studies have shown. Reason enough for HENSOLDT not to rest on the achievements already made and being lived. Supporting formerly disadvantaged With numerous initiatives, talents at HENSOLDT are promoted worldwide - regardless of their age, ethnic and social origin, nationality, religion, world view, or gender identity and orientation. Specific measures take into account distinct target groups. Two examples: For several years now, HENSOLDT South Africa has been supporting formerly disadvantaged people and local engineers in their education and training with the ‘Black Economic Empowerment’ programme. And as a member of the industry-wide ‘Women in Defence’ initiative, HENSOLDT supports female engineering students who can later be employed. Now, as the latest initiative, ‘HENSOLDT Elevate’ is intended to increase the proportion of women in leadership positions. HENSOLDT CEO Thomas Müller emphasises: "We want more diversity in thinking and acting at HENSOLDT - this promotes creativity, the spirit of innovation, and satisfaction in the company. We only have 15 percent women in the leadership team at the moment - we will change that!”
Sensor Solution specialist, HENSOLDT is strengthening its avionics business by re-naming its subsidiary EUROAVIONICS GmbH, located in Pforzheim, Germany and addressing the avionics market under the unified brand name, HENSOLDT Avionics. The strategic move is driven by a new management team led by the Managing Directors, André Hinueber and Dieter Buchdrucker. EUROAVIONICS GmbH has been part of HENSOLDT Group since 2017. Interfaces for third-party avionics and sensors “HENSOLDT Avionics is highly successful in the civil avionics market while HENSOLDT has a strong position in the military avionics domain,” said Celia Pelaz, Head of Spectrum Dominance/Airborne Solutions at HENSOLDT, adding “Our complementary portfolio and market access open up mutual growth opportunities which are now also reflected by the name change.” HENSOLDT Avionics Group, with approximately 100 employees, designs, produces and markets civil certified avionic equipment that provides interfaces to a wide range of third-party avionics and sensors. Situational awareness mission management systems Their products are installed in almost every type of civil rotary wing aircraft by various OEMs Among their products are situational awareness mission management systems, as well as enhanced reality computers and autopilots, particularly for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs). The company generates revenues of more than € 20m. Their products are installed in almost every type of civil rotary wing aircraft by various OEMs. Mother company, HENSOLDT is a global provider of military avionics systems such as situational awareness systems, military mission computers and flight data recorders for helicopters and fighter aircraft. New management team at HENSOLDT Avionics By March 1st, 2021 a new management team at the HENSOLDT Avionics GmbH has been established. André Hinueber served at HENSOLDT Sensors GmbH for several years and will be Managing Director and responsible for the Business Development & Manufacturing. Dieter Buchdrucker is Co-Managing Director and responsible for HR and Finance. Michael Gröninger as Authorised Officer will be responsible for the product business as a long-time and experienced manager of HENSOLDT Avionics GmbH.
Sensor specialist HENSOLDT has acquired the Austrian company SAIL LABS, a provider of AI-based Open Source Intelligence (OSINT) solutions. With this step, HENSOLDT completes its sensor portfolio with intelligent solutions for the digital space and thus takes a further step towards becoming one of the data analysis houses in the security and defence sector in Germany. Smart data collection Thomas Müller, CEO of HENSOLDT, says: "National security matters increasingly include issues of smart data collection and analysis. Therefore, governments and security agencies increasingly invest in these capabilities. Smart ISR and Smart Spectrum Dominance will become standard equipment in many security and defence solutions. With the acquisition of SAIL LABS, we continue our strategy of consistently investing in key technologies that will strengthen our position as a leading European champion in the field of defence and security electronics." Marian Rachow, CEO of HENSOLDT Cyber and Head of HENSOLDT Ventures, says: "We are delighted to welcome the employees of SAIL LABS to the HENSOLDT family. The acquisition underlines our ambition to become the German technology leader in data analytics and cyber.” Secure operating system With SAIL LABS' AI technology, we are now investing in a digital platform approach for the first time" “So far, we have developed groundbreaking technologies such as the highly secure operating system TRENTOS or the RISC-V processor MiG-V primarily in-house. With SAIL LABS' AI technology, we are now investing in a digital platform approach for the first time, which we will now consistently develop further for our customers." Celia Pelaz, Head of Spectrum Dominance & Airborne Solutions Division underlines the importance of this acquisition for HENSOLDT's Spectrum Dominance strategy: "The electro-magnetic spectrum and cyberspace are no longer just a means of communicating or sensing the environment; they have become an operational space of warfare. And mastering this new space has become an indispensable capability for our armed forces. Expanding our signal intelligence capabilities to include cyber intelligence applications is a key element in providing our customers with solutions for comprehensive spectrum dominance, covering both the electromagnetic spectrum and cyberspace." Automatic speech recognition Founded in Vienna in 1999, SAIL LABS is considered one of the providers of OSINT solutions based on artificial intelligence (AI). OSINT refers to the evaluation of all publicly accessible data, both on TV, radio and the surface web as well as in social media and the deep web. SAIL LABS technology can collect, index, analyse and visualise all this data. A core element of the technology is automatic speech recognition and the associated analysis of data in more than 30 source languages. Specific fields of application are the identification of media false news or disinformation campaigns or the early identification of sources of danger for soldiers on a mission. Mass data analyses At HENSOLDT, SAIL LABS will form the core of the HENSOLDT Analytics division, a scalable sensor platform for intelligent mass data analyses that supports states, authorities, and armed forces in integrating traditional telecommunications and electronic reconnaissance (signals intelligence) and OSINT. The goal is to intelligently analyse the collected data and generate an overarching situation overview in real time in order to be able to make decisions on a sound basis. These multi-intelligence systems significantly increase the range of sensors with little effort. This way, it is possible to provide comprehensive sensor solutions for optical or radar-based monitoring of an operational area at close range up to the real-time display of a situation picture across an entire region.
Acquisition of business units of South African electronics and solution provider to complement HENSOLDT’s portfolio and expand footprint in Africa. HENSOLDT South Africa has signed an agreement to acquire the Air Traffic Management (ATM) and Defence & Security business units of Tellumat. The acquisition will see HENSOLDT further expand its portfolio as well as its presence in Africa. The agreement was signed by Rynier van der Watt, Managing Director of HENSOLDT South Africa and Andrew Connold, CEO of Tellumat, during a virtual ceremony hosted by HENSOLDT at its offices in Pretoria on 26 June. Defence electronics providers The transaction will be effective as soon as all regulatory approvals have been obtained. “With this transaction we are combining the activities of two defence electronics providers and strengthening our position as a defence, security and electronics brand in South Africa,” Van der Watt said. “The complementary product portfolios of HENSOLDT South Africa and Tellumat create a complete sensor solutions offering, that is in line with that of the HENSOLDT Group,” Van der Watt added that, “We will create new products and services that will build upon the significant expertise that is being acquired.” Air Traffic Management portfolio includes the supply, installation and maintenance of radar HENSOLDT South Africa and Tellumat have business areas that complement each other, including sensors and communications, particularly for unmanned aerial vehicles and other airborne intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) applications. The acquired activities represent a workforce of more than 100 people across offices in Cape Town and Pretoria, with demonstrated expertise in a range of capabilities complementing HENSOLDT South Africa’s offering. Air Traffic Management Tellumat’s defence and security portfolio covers identification friend or foe (IFF) systems, tactical communications (including radio and video links), and unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) systems, including a full suite of data links and avionics. Its Air Traffic Management portfolio includes the supply, installation and maintenance of radar, navigational, voice communication and runway lighting systems for military and civilian airports. Tellumat was established in 1963 as Plessey South Africa, and became Tellumat in 1998 Tellumat was established in 1963 as Plessey South Africa, and became Tellumat in 1998. Over the decades it has built up vast skills and experience that have created a rich history and heritage. “While this new relationship advances the legacy of Tellumat’s well-proven and innovative products, services and solutions, it also further expands the sales reach of the acquired business units through the global footprint of the HENSOLDT Group,” Connold said. The transaction is in line with HENSOLDT South Africa’s aims to see targeted growth and expansion as the company focusses on both the local and international markets. Since HENSOLDT South Africa was formed in September 2019 as the brand housing HENSOLDT Optronics and GEW, it remains deeply committed to investing in the growth of its footprint in South Africa and the acquisition of the Tellumat business units is an example of that commitment. Expand global footprint Celia Pelaz, HENSOLDT Group Executive responsible for South Africa said that, “This acquisition is a further step in the HENSOLDT Group’s commitment to continue to invest in South Africa and to grow HENSOLDT South Africa as one of its home countries,” Pelaz added that, “We are leveraging the power of the HENSOLDT brand to expand its global footprint and open new market opportunities for the South African business.” The Tellumat transaction proves that HENSOLDT South Africa is well positioned to achieve its goal of becoming the sensor solution and defence electronics house in the region. HENSOLDT believes that international investment and cooperation utilising local infrastructure, skills and capacity is a proven recipe for local economic growth and business success.
Sensor solution provider HENSOLDT has developed a modular airborne electronic combat system: Kalaetron Attack. By neutralising enemy fire control radars at different distances, it preserves freedom of movement for the air forces that deploy it and their allies, even when faced with state-of-the-art air defence systems. Kalaetron Attack is a new addition to the Kalaetron electronic warfare product family, which uses fully digitalised hardware and artificial intelligence to detect radar-based threats to air forces in record time and neutralise them with targeted electronic countermeasures (ECM). “Our Kalaetron Integral uses the latest sensor technology to detect radar-based threats early on,” explained Celia Pelaz, Head of HENSOLDT’s Spectrum Dominance & Airborne Solutions Division. Active electronic jamming component “Kalaetron Attack now adds an active electronic jamming component, which either dazzles or deceives threatening systems using accurately replicated jamming signals. In this way, Kalaetron Attack expands the operational options of fighter aircraft, which can now also operate in anti-access/area denial (A2/AD) zones.” Kalætron Attack detects and identifies air defence positions very quickly over a wide frequency range" Due to its fully digital design, Kalætron Attack detects and identifies air defence positions very quickly over a wide frequency range. The unit uses artificial intelligence (AI) techniques to recognise new threat patterns from a huge amount of collected pulses. This is especially important for identifying the latest air defence radar systems which cover an extremely wide frequency range or hop between particular frequencies in fractions of a second. Electronic combat role Kalaetron Attack can be flexibly adjusted to changing threats using innovative antenna designs with active electronically scanned array (AESA) technology, fully digital signal processing and AI algorithms. The Kalaetron product family thus forms the basis for enabling fighter aircraft to not only take on an electronic combat role (ECR) and perform escort jamming for aircraft units, but also to protect them from a great distance away through stand-off jamming. Experience from recent conflicts has shown that such equipment designed to counter the threat posed by the latest air defence systems will be essential for aircraft deployed in the future. With ‘Kalaetron Attack’, HENSOLDT, as the German Sensor House, would like to provide a national answer to the luWES programme (luWES = luftgestützte Wirkung im elektromagnetischen Spektrum) and contribute substantially to future European defence cooperation programmes such as FCAS.
HENSOLDT, the sensor solutions house, is introducing a fully integrated signals intelligence (SIGINT) system named ‘Kalaetron Integral’ onto the market, which enables the detection and deep analysis of both communications and radar signals in an unprecedented bandwidth by a single integrated system. ‘Kalaetron Integral’, part of HENSOLDT’s Kalaetron electronic warfare product family, will be presented to the public for the first time at Paris Airshow. “With Kalaetron Integral we are giving an answer to the challenges SIGINT systems are facing,” said Celia Pelaz, Head of Spectrum Dominance/Airborne Solutions. “Communications and radar frequency bands are merging more and more, so that SIGINT systems need to cover extremely large bandwidths and to distinguish different types of signals with utmost precision. Furthermore, in current scenarios the knowledge about the interaction of communications and radar signals is a valuable asset for battlefield dominance.” Quick detection of emitters Kalaetron Integral detects emitters incredibly quickly over an extremely wide frequency range from 20 MHz to 40 GHzDue to its fully digital design, Kalaetron Integral detects emitters incredibly quickly over an extremely wide frequency range from 20 MHz to 40 GHz. By means of automated resource allocation and software-defined tasks, communications and radar signals can be not only detected, analysed and monitored by a single system, but also the relationships between those emissions can be evaluated; i.e. Kalaetron Integral fulfils missions which currently require the deployment of several specific COMINT and ELINT systems. It uses artificial intelligence (AI) algorithms to identify new threat patterns from a huge amount of collected raw data and depicts an Electronic Order of Battlefield (EOB) during the mission. As a modular system, the new Kalaetron product line is available in a wide variety of configurations, responding to different customer requirements. It can be installed on a wide variety of platforms such as business jets, transport aircraft and UAVs.
HENSOLDT, global independent sensor solutions house has presented its first award for an outstanding contribution to the company’s success to a team at GEW Technologies, Pretoria. The team with members Arthur Wood, Morné van Tonder, Stephen Scott, Mishack Sigasa and Ruben Janse van Rensburg were presented with the prestigious award during the annual HENSOLDT Leadership Team meeting held in Munich for their outstanding work in delivering an important customer acceptance test and going far beyond what was expected. Video streaming The HENSOLDT Award is presented annually, contenders from HENSOLDT staff can be nominated by their colleagues “I am extremely proud to accept the award for the first place on behalf of our Team Shaheen, who was part of the event via video streaming.” said Hennie Venter, Chief Executive of GEW Technologies. “I would also like to thank the wider groups of people who played a role in successfully delivering this project milestone. The Shaheen team had to rely heavily on the support of other GEW teams and departments, who jumped in to help without hesitation. This cross-departmental collaboration not only showed a notable understanding of, but also lived out, GEW’s mission and values to the fullest.” The HENSOLDT Award is presented annually, contenders from HENSOLDT staff can be nominated by their colleagues, a jury selects five finalists and the winner is determined by a vote of all HENSOLDT employees. In addition to a representative glass trophy, the winning GEW team was also awarded with an exciting trip to Germany, including a visit to the Munich Oktoberfest. HENSOLDT wins award “It is a really proud moment for me, to see the commitment and perseverance that GEW has become known for to our HENSOLDT colleagues.” said Celia Pelaz, Head of HENSOLDT’s Spectrum Dominance & Airborne Solutions Division and GEW Board Member. “GEW makes HENSOLDT stronger and this award is certainly good proof of it!”
HENSOLDT, the independent sensor house, is introducing the new radar warning system ‘Kalaetron RWR’ (Radar Warning Receiver) onto the market, which revolutionises the protection of aircraft and helicopters from radar-guided weapons. This new product will be presented to the public for the first time at the Electronic Warfare Europe Conference in Stockholm. “With the help of the latest artificial intelligence and digital signal processing methods, our Kalaetron RWR detects radar-based threats early and reliably,” explained Celia Pelaz, Head of the Spectrum Dominance / Airborne Solutions Division. Air defence systems “Our new product thus increases the assertiveness of aircraft and helicopters and their survivability, especially in view of the increasingly dense signal spectrum and the growing threat posed by highly integrated air defence systems.” Due to its fully digital design, the new radar warner detects and identifies threats incredibly quickly and with an very low false alarm rate, over an extremely wide frequency range. The Kalaetron RWR uses artificial intelligence (AI) techniques to detect new threat patterns from a huge amount of collected raw data. This is especially important to identify the latest air defence radar systems that cover an extremely wide bandwidth or which hop between particular frequencies in fractions of a second. Kalaetron thus enables fighter or transport aircraft to be protected even against upcoming anti-aircraft weapons and integrated air defence systems, while also offering great potential for adaptability to cope with future threats.
HENSOLDT will provide leading edge technology solutions to armed forces and security agencies Following the closing of the transaction between Airbus Group SE and KKR, an investment firm, a new European defence company headquartered in Germany, HENSOLDT, has been launched. The new company employs 4000 highly qualified staff, about 3400 in Germany and 600 in South Africa. The main industrial sites are Taufkirchen/Munich, Ulm, Friedrichshafen, and Oberkochen in Germany and Pretoria in South Africa. A dedicated representative office in Berlin has been established and several offices represent the new enterprise in countries like India, US, Chile, Brazil, South Korea and Spain. Members of Executive Committee The new company, headquartered in Taufkirchen close to Munich, will be led by an Executive Committee comprising CEO, Thomas Müller; Head of HR, Peter Fieser; Head of Finance, Axel Salzmann; and Head of Operations, Peter Schlote. Further members of the Executive Committee are Head of Electronic Warfare/Situational Awareness, Uwe Virkus; Head of Radar/IFF/Data links, Erwin Paulus, Head of Optronics, Andreas Hülle; Head of Sales & Marketing, Sabine K. Hipp, Head of Strategic Business Development, Celia Pelaz; and General Counsel, Solms U. Wittig. The HENSOLDT brand derives from Moritz Carl Hensoldt (1821-1903), a German pioneer of optics and precision mechanics who developed benchmark technology solutions and products in his field. The name HENSOLDT stands for premium solutions, combining excellence, innovation, and efficiency. Key product lines HENSOLDT will provide leading edge technology solutions to armed forces and security agencies. Firmly grounded in its three product lines—Optronics, Radar/IFF/Datalink, and Electronic Warfare/Situational Awareness—the company offers sensor solutions for air, sea, and land applications. This includes the protection of critical infrastructures, air defence, airborne self-protection, vehicle and convoy protection, signal intelligence and data links, as well as night vision, thermal imaging, laser rangefinding, and optronic targeting. Furthermore, the portfolio comprises mission avionics equipment, such as computers, mission planning devices, and situational awareness systems for helicopters.PUMA and LEOPARD II armoured vehicles HENSOLDT employs 4000 highly qualified staff, about 3400 in Germany and 600 in South Africa HENSOLDT is a key contributor to major European defence acquisition programs and has demonstrated its global reach by winning a number of international contracts. Among the most prominent air and space platforms equipped by HENSOLDT are the F-16, Eurofighter, Gripen and Rafale combat aircraft, the Tandem-X and EDRS-A satellites, the A400M transport aircraft, as well as helicopters of various types. Furthermore, the company provides mission-critical equipment to the PUMA and LEOPARD II armoured vehicles, the class 212 and 209 submarines, the US Navy Freedom class Littoral Combat Ship and the German Navy F125 frigate. HENSOLDT’s sights and night vision optics have also been chosen for the German Future Soldier Programme Infanterist der Zukunft. XPeller counter-UAV system Innovation is deeply embedded in HENSOLDT’s DNA. Leading-edge solutions like the modular counter-UAV system XPeller, that protects critical infrastructures against drones and the passive radar system that provides a common air picture without any active emission stand proof of HENSOLDT’s highly advanced technologies. In addition, HENSOLDT advances a number of strategic technologies defined by the German government which are well equipped for a prominent role in future programs like TLVS, MKS-180, Eurofighter AESA radar, the Heavy Transport Helicopter and airborne SIGINT.