The sensor solutions provider, HENSOLDT supports the association Lachen helfen e.V., a private initiative of German soldiers to help children in war and crisis areas. HENSOLDT’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Thomas Muller handed over a symbolic cheque for a donation of 8,000 Euros to the Chairman of Lachen helfen e.V., Lieutenant Colonel (ret.) Roderich Thien. Since 2018, HENSOLDT has been a supporting member of Lachen helfen e.V. with an annual donation of 10,000 Euros. Under the patronage of the German Defence Minister, Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, soldiers and police officers provide humanitarian aid in the country of deployment. Wherever German soldiers and police officers are deployed, Lachen Helfen e.V. supports children in need. HENSOLDT sponsorship membership Lachen helfen e.V. focuses on the construction of schools, orphanages and hospitals in the area of operation “As a pioneer of technologies and innovations in the field of defence and security electronics, we see it as our duty to support our troops in the areas of deployment,” said Thomas Muller, adding “Through our sponsoring membership with Lachen helfen e.V., we create better future prospects for children in need in crisis areas.” Lachen helfen e.V. focuses on the construction of schools, orphanages and hospitals in the respective area of operation. Planning, implementation and completion are closely accompanied by German soldiers and police officers. Fast, flexible and un-bureaucratic aid Currently, the focus is on Mali, South Sudan, Somalia, Afghanistan and the Balkans. In Afghanistan, for example, a school could be reopened in Kabul in 2020 that had been destroyed by bombings in 2017, with the support of Lachen helfen e.V. Soldiers and police officers determine the projects and the need for aid on site themselves, in close coordination with the Operations Command. In this way, fast, flexible and un-bureaucratic aid can be ensured in cooperation with the soldiers, in the area of operations. Goal of pioneering technologies and human potential HENSOLDT takes its responsibility, as part of civil society and a sustainable company, very seriously. The company has set itself the goal of pioneering technologies and human potential that promote the protection of all species worldwide. At the same time, the company’s activities serve the higher purpose of securing the freedom and future of the planet, the nature and everyone’s lives. Social commitment is one of HENSOLDT's core ethical priorities.
Globally renowned sensor solutions provider, HENSOLDT has been awarded a contract by the German Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support (BAAINBw), to supply the airborne electronic signals intelligence system, ‘PEGASUS’. PEGASUS reconnaissance system “PEGASUS is of great industrial policy importance for Germany as a whole as a high-tech location. The overall responsibility for the system lies in Germany and the value creation largely takes place through national companies,” said HENSOLDT’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Thomas Müller, adding “This gives the Bundeswehr unrestricted access to all the technologies used.” We have developed the modular and high-performance HENSOLDT reconnaissance solution – KALAETRON" “We have developed the modular and high-performance HENSOLDT reconnaissance solution – KALAETRON, on the basis of the already flight-proven ISIS reconnaissance system. KALAETRON offers unique reconnaissance capabilities, based on powerful German key technology,” said Celia Pelaz, HENSOLDT's Head of Strategy and Head of the Spectrum Dominance and Airborne Solutions Division. Sovereign reconnaissance network Celia Pelaz adds, “PEGASUS thus forms the core for a sovereign reconnaissance network and the basis for future capability development in the field of self-protection and electronic warfare.” In a ceremony that was scaled down due to the global coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the contract for the development, production and integration of the signal-capturing reconnaissance system - PEGASUS, including the three Bombardier ‘Global 6000’ aircraft and associated evaluation stations, was signed on June 29, 2021. General contractor HENSOLDT acts as a general contractor and is also responsible for the production of the entire reconnaissance technology. Lufthansa Technik, based in Hamburg, is responsible for the procurement of the aircraft from the manufacturer, Bombardier and their modification (cabin conversion, installation of reconnaissance technology). Altogether, almost 30 companies, many of them medium-sized, from all over Germany are involved in the project as suppliers and partners.
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).
Sensor systems supplier HENSOLDT has been awarded a contract worth approximately 200 million euros in the frame of ‘Quadriga’ procurement programme of 38 Eurofighter/Typhoon combat aircraft by the German Air Force. The contract placed by Airbus Defence and Space comprises production and delivery of radar systems and core electronics components which will be produced at HENSOLDT’s site in Ulm and at consortium partner Indra’s site in Spain. Improving the aircraft’s survivability “The high pace of development in the field of electronics and, above all, digitalisation constantly gives rise to new applications. With this contract, the Eurofighter will benefit in the future from a primary sensor that is technologically top class and will improve the aircraft’s survivability in even high-intensity conflicts,” said HENSOLDT CEO Thomas Müller. “The fact that the radar will be produced by a European consortium led by HENSOLDT, with Indra operating as the main partner, shows that there is good cooperation in Europe on joint armament programmes.” AESA-based technology The new radar is based on state-of-the-art AESA (Active Electronically Scanned Array) technology. In contrast to conventional systems with a purely mechanically rotating antenna, the radar beam is electronically controlled by a multitude of individual transmit/receive modules. A highly sophisticated multichannel receiver allows several tasks to be performed at the same time This principle in combination with a highly sophisticated multichannel receiver allows several tasks to be performed at the same time, and no longer one after the other like previously, e.g. tracking individual targets while scanning a wide expanse of the airspace in front of the aircraft. AI-based sensors HENSOLDT was already involved in the development and production of the sensor systems currently used in Eurofighter aircraft. At present, the company has a workforce of 2,500 people at its main production site in Ulm and is planning to hire 300 new employees for the HENSOLDT Group this year. The sensor company is investing 30 million euros in the construction of a radio frequency technology development centre in Ulm, among other things. In addition to electronic components for the new Eurofighter radar, AI-based sensors for a wide range of applications will also be developed there.
LEONARDO S.p.A. has announced that it has signed a purchase agreement for 25.1 percent of the shares in HENSOLDT AG with HENSOLDT's majority shareholder, Square Lux Holding II S.à r.l., a portfolio company of investment funds advised by KKR. HENSOLDT, thus, will gain one additional major shareholder and future potential strategic partner. The sale is subject to usual regulatory closing conditions. LEONARDO investment in HENSOLDT Square Lux Holding II S.à r.l. will still hold around 18% of HENSOLDT, after completion of the sale to LEONARDO S.p.A. Square Lux Holding II S.à r.l. will still hold around 18 percent of HENSOLDT, after completion of the sale to LEONARDO S.p.A. and after completion of the sale to Kreditanstalt für Wiederaufbau (KfW), which acts on behalf of the German Federal Government. Square Lux Holding II S.à r.l. had agreed to sell a stake of 25.1% to KfW in March 2021. Thomas Müller, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of HENSOLDT, said “We very much welcome LEONARDO's investment in HENSOLDT. With this transaction, we will have a second long-term anchor shareholder in our company and a strong potential strategic partner with whom we are already successfully working together on a number of programmes.” Key player in the European defence market Thomas Müller adds, “As a leading provider of sensor solutions for defence and security applications, it has always been our goal to play a decisive role in the consolidation of the European defence market. We see multiple opportunities of working together with LEONARDO, to further support our successful strategy and to be able to strengthen HENSOLDT's long-term growth.” As an independent, listed company, HENSOLDT has successfully expanded its market position in recent months. As an important technology partner and strategic supplier of key national technology, HENSOLDT plays a significant role in decisive areas of the German defence and security sector. The shareholder structure, therefore, safeguards both German security interests and the independence of the company.
Sensor solution provider, HENSOLDT is now a member of the United Nations Global Compact. The company is committed to the ten universal sustainability principles in the areas of human rights, labour, the environment and anti-corruption. By signing the Global Compact, HENSOLDT is making visible how important sustainable business practices are for the company. It is the world's largest initiative for sustainable and responsible corporate governance. Group-wide sustainability initiative As part of a group-wide sustainability initiative, the company has set itself numerous goals. Among other things, emissions are to be further reduced and the proportion of women within the workforce increased. “By joining, we want to show social and ecological responsibility,” said Thomas Müller, CEO of HENSOLDT AG, adding “For many customers and business partners, membership in the Global Compact has now become a kind of seal of quality. By joining, the company is setting an example of corporate governance with integrity.” United Nations Global Compact HENSOLDT is proud to be a member of this high-level initiative of the United Nations The United Nations Global Compact was launched in 2000 on the initiative of the then UN Secretary General, Kofi Annan. Currently, around 15,000 companies and organisations from civil society, politics and science, in more than 160 countries, are part of it. HENSOLDT is proud to be a member of this high-level initiative of the United Nations. HENSOLDT takes its responsibility as a global citizen and local company very seriously, and has committed itself to performing sustainable pioneering work in the area of technology and human potential that supports the conservation of all species worldwide. Promoting sustainable investments At the same time, its activities serve the higher purpose of ensuring the freedom and future of the planet, natural world and all lives. For this reason, also, HENSOLDT supports numerous initiatives that target sustainable investment in local communities, education, employees and the environment.
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 provider, HENSOLDT is expanding its capacity to cater for the growth in its business. HENSOLDT is investing approximately 30 million euros at its Ulm site and creating an additional 300 jobs for highly skilled staff throughout the entire group this year, having taken on 250 new recruits in 2020. New radar for Eurofighters This investment is linked to strong order growth relating to the development of new radar for the Eurofighter combat aircraft and other projects. “In its three years of existence, HENSOLDT has strengthened its position in the global sensor solutions market,” affirmed HENSOLDT’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Thomas Müller. Thomas Müller adds, “We operate in the high-tech sensor technology arena, a growing segment characterised by very long-term planning. Accordingly, our investment in new technologies and development laboratories is an indispensable part of our growth strategy.” AI-based sensors AI-based sensors for a wide range of applications will also be developed at the Ulm site The company is investing in the construction of a radio frequency technology development centre at the Ulm site, among other things. In addition to electronic components for the new Eurofighter radar, AI-based sensors for a wide range of applications will also be developed at the Ulm site. Last year, the German Parliament approved a budget of approximately 1.5 billion euros for the development of new Eurofighter radar by a development consortium led by HENSOLDT. Other business units of the group are also showing strong growth, such as ground and naval radars, electronic warfare and avionics systems, and optronics equipment. FACS and UAV collision warning system For instance, HENSOLDT is working on future-oriented projects, such as the German/French/Spanish Future Combat Air System (FCAS) and a UAV collision warning system. Recently, in 2020, HENSOLDT already hired 250 new employees, expanded its cleanroom production at its Oberkochen site by 300 sq. meters and converted its radar production in Ulm to series production. The new positions cover many different disciplines, in addition to hardware and software engineers, the company is especially interested in recruiting radar system engineers and project managers.
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.
HENSOLDT AG is reorganising its sales organisation: Stefan Hess, Head of Public Affairs, will now also be responsible for the Governmental Business Development for Germany, France and the UK as well as with the EU / NATO. Russell Gould, Managing Director of HENSOLDT UK, is taking over responsibility for the international Business Development to further strengthen HENSOLDT’s business in global growth markets. Both will become members of the Group Executive Committee and succeed Sabine Hipp, Head of Sales & Marketing, who is taking early-retirement after more than 35 years with the company. She will continue to serve the Executive Board as a Special Advisor until the end of March 2021. International growth plans Thomas Müller, CEO of HENSOLDT, said: "I like to thank Sabine Hipp for her outstanding work for HENSOLDT AG. There are only very few people who serve more than 35 years for just one company while shaping and developing it so strongly with their expertise and dedication. I am even more pleased that she will remain with us as a Special Advisor for some time." "At the same time, I am pleased that with Stefan Hess and Russell Gould two very experienced and well respected colleagues will take over responsibility of our Business Development. This not only ensures a smooth transition for our customers, but also puts us in an excellent position for our national as well as international growth plans." European defence industry Stefan Hess has been working for HENSOLDT since 2016 and has built up the Public Affairs department The sales organisation will be divided into two segments: Governmental Business Development and International Business Development. HENSOLDT thus is taking account of its global presence and increasingly international strategic orientation. With a stronger focus on the national and international markets HENSOLDT is moving even closer to its customers and can serve them even more individually. Stefan Hess has been working for HENSOLDT since 2016 and has built up the Public Affairs department. He has many years of experience in industrial policy, customer needs and major programmes and in addition has an excellent network throughout the German and European defence industry. Strategic development Russell Gould has led the UK operations of HENSOLDT and its predecessor companies for more than 13 years. He has been involved in the strategic development of international business for more than 35 years. In addition to leading the International Business Development, he will continue to serve as the Managing Director for HENSOLDT UK.
Sensor system supplier HENSOLDT has been awarded a contract by Airbus Defence and Space to develop and produce a new AESA (Active Electronic Scanning Array) radar for the German and Spanish Eurofighter fleets. The project is jointly financed by the Eurofighter partner nations Spain and Germany, who will also be the first users of the radar in their fleets. Following budget approval by the Spanish government and most recently by the German Bundestag in mid-June, the contracts worth over 1.5 billion euros have now been signed. "The fact that Germany and Spain are taking a pioneering role in the modernisation of the Eurofighter is a signal of confidence in European defence cooperation," said HENSOLDT CEO Thomas Müller. "This decision ensures that our armed forces will continue to be able to fulfil their mission in the future while being protected in the best possible way." Eurofighter digital multi-channel receiver and transmitter The contracts cover the German-Spanish new development of core components of the Eurofighter radar - including a digital multi-channel receiver and transmitter/receiver modules of the antenna - and the equipping of approximately 130 Eurofighter aircraft of tranches two and three. The development is being carried out by a Spanish-German industrial consortium under German leadership with the support of the Eurofighter nations Great Britain and Italy. HENSOLDT has already been involved in the development and production of the Eurofighter sensor technology currently in use. At its radar centre in Ulm, HENSOLDT currently employs 2,200 people, and in the Eurofighter radar sector alone, the company expects to create 400 highly qualified jobs over the entire programme period. The sensor specialist is also investing around 15 million euros in the necessary capacity expansion, primarily at the Ulm site.
Globally renowned sensor systems supplier, HENSOLDT has welcomed the decision by the German Bundestag to develop the new AESA (Active Electronic Scanning Array) radar for the entire German Eurofighter fleet as a positive signal for Germany as a technology base and for successful European cooperation in the defence sector. "With this decision, Germany is taking on a pioneering role in the field of key technology for the Eurofighter for the first time," said HENSOLDT Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Thomas Müller. AESA radar Thomas adds, "This will create high-tech jobs in Germany and give the Bundeswehr the equipment it needs to respond to new threats. In addition, it is a signal for Europe that Germany is investing in a technology that is of crucial importance for European defence cooperation." With the release of the budget for the development, production and integration of new radar for the Eurofighter combat aircraft, HENSOLDT's share is over 1.5 billion Euros, the Bundestag's Budget Committee has cleared the way for the modernisation of the Eurofighter in one crucial area, sensor technology. In contrast to the development of the radar to date in a consortium under British leadership, radar system responsibility will now pass into the hands of the German radar house, HENSOLDT. Eurofighter sensor technology In radar development, HENSOLDT works with the main contractor, Airbus and the Spanish defence electronics group, Indra The company, based in Taufkirchen, Bavaria, was already involved in the development and production of the Eurofighter sensor technology currently in use. HENSOLDT employs 2,000 people at its radar centre in Ulm. In the Eurofighter radar departments alone an increase of 400 highly qualified jobs is expected over the duration of the programme. In radar development, the company works closely with the main contractor, Airbus and the Spanish defence electronics group, Indra. TRS-4D naval radars At the same time, the Bundestag also approved the budget for the procurement of four MKS 180 multi-purpose combat ships for the German Navy. As a result of the product specification, HENSOLDT is supplying four TRS-4D naval radars, also based on AESA technology for this project. Radars of this type are already deployed on several German Navy ships.
Sensor solutions provider, HENSOLDT together with the renowned Additively Manufactured Electronics (AME)/Printed Electronics (PE) provider, Nano Dimension, has achieved a major breakthrough on its way to utilising 3D printing in the development process of high-performance electronics components. 10-layer Printed Circuit Board Utilising a newly developed dielectric polymer ink and conductive ink from Nano Dimension, HENSOLDT succeeded in assembling the world-wide first 10-layer Printed Circuit Board (PCB), which carries high-performance electronic structures soldered to both outer sides. Until now, 3D printed boards could not bear the soldering process necessary for two sided population of components. Military sensor solutions “Military sensor solutions require performance and reliability levels far above those of commercial components,” said HENSOLDT Chief Executive Officer, Thomas Müller. Thomas adds, “To have high-density components quickly available with reduced effort by means of 3D printing gives us a competitive edge in the development process of such high-end electronic systems.” High Performance Electronic Devices Nano Dimension’s relationship with HENSOLDT is the type of partnership with customers we are striving for" “Nano Dimension’s relationship with HENSOLDT is the type of partnership with customers we are striving for,” commented Yoav Stern, Nano Dimension President & Chief Executive Officer. Yoav adds, “Working together and learning from HENSOLDT led us to reach a first-of-its-kind in-depth knowledge of polymer materials applications. Additionally, it guided us in the development of Hi-PEDs (High Performance Electronic Devices) that create competitive edges by enabling unique implementations with shortest time to market.” AME engineering methodology AME is useful to verify a new design and functionality of specialised electronic components before production. AME is a highly agile and individual engineering methodology to prototype a new electronic circuitry. This leads to significant reduction of time and cost in the development process. Furthermore, AME allows for a verified and approved design before production starts, leading to higher quality of the final product. 3D printing electronics HENSOLDT started working with Nano Dimension’s DragonFly 3D printing system in 2016, in order to examine the possibilities of 3D printing electronics. Last year, HENSOLDT successfully implemented the DragonFly Lights-Out Digital Manufacturing (LDM) printing technology, the industry’s only additive manufacturing platform for round-the-clock 3D printing of electronic circuitry.
The sensor solutions provider HENSOLDT continues its global expansion strategy in the Asia-Pacific region. The Group has acquired IE Asia-Pacific Private Ltd., headquartered in Canberra, Australia. Now operating as HENSOLDT Australia Private Ltd., they are renowned radar solutions and services provider in the country and throughout the wider APAC region. Radar solutions “The local support of our customers in Australia and in the Asia Pacific markets is extremely important to HENSOLDT”, said Thomas Müller, CEO of HENSOLDT. “HENSOLDT Australia is a part of our Global Customer Support & Services business and provides our customers with unparalleled radar solutions and systems support.” HENSOLDT Australia offers radar support, testing, training and installation services to the Australian Defense Force and other agencies. It currently employs more than 20 highly trained staff and generates annual revenues exceeding €4m. Air traffic control equipment We are excited to join HENSOLDT, to contribute to the company’s global growth" “We are excited to join HENSOLDT, to contribute to the company’s global growth and to further expand the support of our customers”, said Darren Gillam, GM Operations HENSOLDT Australia. HENSOLDT maintains longstanding business relations, delivering radars, electronic warfare systems, electro-optronic devices and air traffic control equipment to customers in the APAC region. Services and support HENSOLDT Australia will also be able to provide support to this wide range of products, which in turn will provide enhanced services and support for all our valued regional customers.
HENSOLDT, the independent sensor solutions house acquires NEXEYA, a provider of services and electronics solutions for defence and commercial customers. With all legal requirements met, the share purchase agreement signed in April this year has now taken effect. The acquired activities represent a turnover of around €95 million and a workforce of approximately 620 employees. “NEXEYA strengthens our industrial base particularly in France, improving customer access and enhancing our product portfolio”, said Thomas Müller, CEO of HENSOLDT. Innovative product combinations “HENSOLDT is already successful in France, but this acquisition boosts our strategy of developing commercial markets and creates new opportunities in the area of services. Thus, the move is in line with the acquisitions made in Germany and the UK in the last two years in the areas of avionics, security and industrial engineering.” Our complementary product portfolios provide opportunities for innovative product combinations" “I am proud, that NEXEYA becomes a part of HENSOLDT” said Jérôme Giraud, CEO of NEXEYA France and HENSOLDT Holding France. “This is an exciting new chapter for our growth story. Our complementary product portfolios provide opportunities for innovative product combinations and new developments that will benefit our customers domestically and abroad”, Giraud said. “NEXEYA will benefit from increased global and segmental market access, investment capacities and human skills using the continuously growing HENSOLDT sales and marketing network.” Hydrogen-based energy storage and supply stations With three major industrial sites (Angoulême, Massy and Toulouse), NEXEYA designs, manufactures tests and maintains complex electronic systems for the Aerospace, Defence, Energy and Transports sectors. An industrial partner of the aeronautical industry for more than 30 years, NEXEYA supplies products and solutions to aircraft OEMs, both civil and military, as well as their equipment manufacturers. The company is involved in all stages of development and life cycle of an aircraft, from the design and validation of prototypes to their maintenance. Complementary with HENSOLDT France, which develops IFF identification systems and data links for the Defence market, NEXEYA designs mission management systems. NEXEYA is also a strong player in the renewable energy market, developing and manufacturing hydrogen-based energy storage and supply stations.
The sensor solutions provider HENSOLDT has delivered the 300th equipment set for the MUltifunctional Self-protection System (MUSS) of the German Army’s new ‘Puma’ infantry fighting vehicle. Thus, deliveries currently amount to 1,500 devices, comprising 1.200 sensor heads and 300 central units. HENSOLDT is under contract to deliver in total 342 MUSS equipment sets by 2020 to primes Krauss-Maffei Wegmann and Rheinmetall. Apart from that, HENSOLDT’s Optronics subsidiary provides the ‘Puma’ programme with weapons optronics systems, periscopes and driver sighting systems. Enhanced possibilities for protecting armoured vehicles Electronic protection systems like MUSS are opening up enhanced possibilities for protecting armoured vehicles from attacksMUSS was the Active Protection System (APS) selected for the UK DSTL MEDUSA Programme which was delivered by QinetiQ in the UK and Australia. The MUSS was successfully integrated onto the British Army Challenger 2 MBT by BAEs and the capability extensively trialed by serving British Army personnel during the Op User Trials. “Electronic protection systems like MUSS are opening up enhanced possibilities for protecting armoured vehicles from attacks, as is already the case for aircraft or helicopters,” said Thomas Müller, CEO HENSOLDT. “Compared to conventional solutions, we are able to increase the protection level considerably without adding weight or risking collateral damage around the vehicle.” MUSS drastically reduces the likelihood of a hit by antitank guided missiles or laser-guided ammunition and is the only operational soft-kill active protection system for ground vehicles worldwide. It achieves a level of protection which is not possible for the same total weight with passive armour while avoiding collateral damage. Detects approaching missiles and laser beams The warning sensors detect approaching missiles and laser beams aimed at the vehicleEach MUSS system consists of four warning sensors, a central unit, an infrared jammer head, jammer electronics and a smoke grenade launcher. The warning sensors detect approaching missiles and laser beams aimed at the vehicle. The central unit activates an infrared jammer, which interferes with missiles’ guidance systems, and/or initiates the use of pyrotechnic countermeasures. An active protection system like MUSS defeats threats before they strike a vehicle, by sensing them and providing a ‘soft’ response based on jamming or obscuration of the guidance mechanism with no risk of collateral damages. Moreover, MUSS is a discrete solution, which has no significant influence on the vehicle radiation as it features only passive sensors and an infrared Jammer with short activation time, not detectable either in visible or in thermal image spectrum. Expert for decades in self-protection sensors and systems, HENSOLDT delivers major components for the electronic self-defence systems of platforms in the air, sea and land domain.
Renowned sensor solutions provider HENSOLDT will expand its industrial footprint in the UK by strengthening its subsidiary Kelvin Hughes Ltd., and renaming it HENSOLDT UK. HENSOLDT has acquired Kelvin Hughes in 2017 and created a security solutions product line at Kelvin Hughes’ Enfield site. System solutions “We are expanding our activities in the UK and will bring together our existing portfolio with Kelvin Hughes’ offerings,” said Thomas Müller, CEO of HENSOLDT. “In this way we are creating comprehensive system solutions which will boost our UK business significantly”. Kelvin Hughes and HENSOLDT have shaped the radar market for seven decades" “Kelvin Hughes and HENSOLDT have shaped the radar market for seven decades,” said Russell Gould, Managing Director of Kelvin Hughes. “Bringing together our products under one brand name will increase our visibility in the market and will open up additional business opportunities.” Radar and camera sensors Kelvin Hughes, with approximately 200 employees, designs, produces and markets radar sensors mainly for maritime and security applications. Among their products is the SharpEye solid state high performance pulse Doppler radar family as well as the CxEye Command and Control software that allows the integration of multiple radar and camera sensors into a comprehensive sensor package. The company generates revenues of more than €30 million. Their products are used by more than 30 navies and coastguards worldwide.
Globally renowned sensor solutions provider, HENSOLDT will equip the Norwegian Coast Guard vessel “Svalbard” with the latest version of its TRS-3D naval radar and MSSR 2000 IIFF System. This is already the second upgrade contract from the Norwegian Defence Materiel Agency as HENSOLDT is already under contract to equip the three new Arctic Coast Guard Vessels in the P6615 Program with the upgraded radar and IFF system. TRS-3D naval radar system Under both contracts worth more than € 27 m HENSOLDT will deliver four TRS-3D radars including the latest solid-state technology and signal processing software and will deliver them from 2021, in parallel to the building program of the new Arctic Coast Guard vessels. The TRS-3D includes a secondary radar MSSR 2000 I for Identification-friend-or-foe (IFF). It operates all current IFF modes, including the latest “Mode S/Mode 5 Level 1/2” standard answering the most recent NATO requirements. Our TRS-3D naval radar is an extremely reliable radar, particularly suited for littoral missions" “Our TRS-3D naval radar is an extremely reliable radar, particularly suited for littoral missions”, said HENSOLDT CEO Thomas Müller. “We are taking the upgrade contract of the Norwegian Coast Guard as proof of the customer’s satisfaction with our product and services”. Air and sea surveillance TRS-3D is a three-dimensional multimode naval radar for air and sea surveillance. It includes the ability to correlate plots and tracks of targets with the MSSR 2000 I identification system for automatic identification of vessels and aircraft which is essential to avoid friendly fire and to establish a comprehensive situation picture. It is used for automatically locating and tracking all types of air and sea targets and safe guidance of on-board helicopters. Thanks to its signal processing technologies, the TRS-3D is particularly suited for the early detection of low flying or slow moving objects under extreme environmental conditions. Naval surveillance and security More than 50 units of the radar are in operation with naval forces around the world. Among the ships equipped are frigates and corvettes of the German Navy, the US Coast Guard National Security Cutters and the "Squadron 2000" patrol boats of the Finnish Navy.
The sensor solutions provider HENSOLDT is equipping the second batch of the German Navy’s K130 corvettes with its TRS-4D Rotator naval radar and its MSSR 2000 I friend-or-foe identification system (IFF). Only six months after the order was placed, the company has now successfully passed the factory acceptance test by the German procurement authority BAAINBw for the second system. “With the TRS-4D, the corvettes are getting an extremely powerful radar system,” said HENSOLDT’s CEO Thomas Müller. “Since we have started to produce our radars in series a short time ago, we have been able to reduce the time required for delivery to our customers considerably.” Order for seven TRS-4D radars On board the new F125 frigate, the TRS-4D is used in a configuration comprising four fixed planar arraysHENSOLDT has orders for seven radars which are intended for five ships and two land-based systems and are to be delivered by 2022. The company had previously equipped the first K130 batch with its proven TRS-3D radar. For the second batch, the TRS-4D has now been ordered to be supplied in a version comprising a mechanically rotating antenna (TRS-4D Rotator), which is also under contract for the U.S. Navy’s littoral combat ship (LCS). On board the new F125 frigate, the TRS-4D is used in a configuration comprising four fixed planar arrays. This radar system is part of a family of products which also includes ground-based air defence radar, TRML-4D. It thus benefits from shorter production cycles, continuous product improvements as well as advantages in stock levels of spare parts and training. Quick detection and tracking of targets The TRS-4D Rotator has been designed to be used for anti-aircraft and anti-surface operations. Its rotating antenna combines mechanical and electronic azimuth scanning, which allows targets to be detected and tracked very quickly. Thanks to its higher sensitivity, the AESA radar allows more precise detection, especially of small and manoeuvering objects, as well as faster confirmation of the target, which means that the ship crew has more time to respond to threats. The system includes an MSSR 2000 I secondary radar for friend-or-foe identification (IFF) The radar can be specifically programmed according to the customer’s needs, and its characteristics can be changed via the software to match new requirements that arise during its useful life. The system also includes an MSSR 2000 I secondary radar for friend-or-foe identification (IFF), which complies with all IFF standards, even the latest ‘Mode S / Mode 5’. This is all the more important as all NATO troops and their allies are currently in the process of converting their IFF systems to Mode 5. The Mode 5 capability enables the troops to take part in joint and combined operations with NATO and other allied forces.
HENSOLDT, the independent sensor solutions house has agreed to acquire the major part of the activities of Nexeya, Chatenay/France, a provider of services and electronics solutions for defence and commercial customers. The closing is expected after obtaining all necessary approvals in the third quarter of 2019. HENSOLDT will acquire Nexeya’s test and integration and services business as well as major parts of its mission management and power conversion businesses. The acquired activities represent a turnover of around €95 million and a workforce of approximately 620 employees. Enhancing product portfolio The acquisition boosts our strategy of developing commercial markets, creating new opportunities in the area of services"“Nexeya strengthens our industrial base particularly in France, improving customer access and enhancing our product portfolio,” said Thomas Müller, CEO of HENSOLDT. “Furthermore, the acquisition boosts our strategy of developing commercial markets, creating new opportunities in the area of services. Thus, the move is in line with the acquisitions made in the last two years in the areas of avionics, security and industrial engineering.” “HENSOLDT has been present in France since 2018 with its subsidiary HENSOLDT France SAS, with product lines in the field of communication and IFF. This is an exciting new chapter for our growth story in the important French market. Our complementary product portfolios provide opportunities for innovative product combinations and new developments,” Thomas Müller said. “Nexeya will benefit from increased global and segmental market access, investment capacities and human skills using the continuously growing HENSOLDT sales and marketing network.” The space activities of Nexeya as well as certain defence activities are not part of the transaction, they will be retained by the current shareholder.