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.
HENSOLDT, the independent sensor solutions supplier, is presenting its wide range of sensor technologies at this year’s International Defence Exhibition (IDEX) in Abu Dhabi. For the first time, HENSOLDT will present its newly developed PrecISR airborne multifunction radar, as well as the extended portfolio of its Xpeller counter-UAV system. You can obtain further information at the HENSOLDT stand in Hall 9, booth B-18. “We are interconnecting all essential sensor technologies to provide our customers with information superiority at any time,” said HENSOLDT CEO Thomas Müller. “We thus create the basis for decisions of political leaders and military commanders, while also contributing to the success of a mission and protecting soldiers in operations.” Surveillance of sea and coastal areas PrecISRTM's superior precision and target accuracy make it the sensor of choice for surveillance of large sea and coastal areas against piracyThe software-defined airborne radar named PrecISRTM (derived from ‘precise’, pronunciation: ‘priˈsaiser’) translates latest achievements in active array and digital receiver technology into a scalable high-performance sensor which can be installed aboard helicopters, UAVs and fixed-wing mission aircraft. Its superior precision and target accuracy make it the sensor of choice for surveillance of large sea and coastal areas against piracy, trafficking or illicit intrusion. Together with this airborne radar, HENSOLDT is displaying its latest developments in land-based and naval radar. The TRML-4D is a land-based multifunctional radar ensuring rapid detection and tracking of approximately 1,500 targets in a radius of up to 250 km and at an altitude of up to 30 km. It uses the latest AESA radar technology (AESA = Active Electronically Scanned Array), which enables the acquisition of targets after just one rotation of the antenna, thus improving the response time and hit probability. Supports anti-air and anti-surface operations The naval radar TRS-4D belongs to the same product family. It is designed to support anti-air and anti-surface operations. Its rotating antenna combines mechanical and electronic azimuth scanning to achieve fast generation of target tracks. TRS-4D is available both in a rotating variant and another with four fixed arrays. HENSOLDT shows its ARGOS-II HD multi-sensor system to be used for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) missions from the air The rotating variant is currently being installed onboard the US Navy’s ‘Freedom’ class Littoral Combat Ships while the non-rotator is delivered to the German Navy’s F125 frigates. It comes together with the SharpEye naval radar which provides the world’s navies and coast guards with surface search, navigation and helicopter control capabilities. TwInvis, Xpeller and ARGOS-II systems Furthermore, HENSOLDT is presenting its TwInvis passive radar which analyses the echoes of signals from radio or TV stations, so as to create a recognised air picture (RAP) within a radius of more than 200 kilometres in real time. Another exhibit to be seen is the Xpeller counter-UAV system, whose mission is to detect small drones, so as to protect critical infrastructure, large events or military facilities. In addition, HENSOLDT shows its ARGOS-II HD multi-sensor system to be used for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) missions from the air. It can be equipped with high resolution HD infrared and daylight cameras as well as with laser rangefinders and laser designators. MILDS self-protection sensor The MILDS self-protection sensor for helicopters and wide-body aircraft detects attacking missiles and initiates countermeasuresThe MILDS (Missile Launch Detection System) self-protection sensor for helicopters and wide-body aircraft detects attacking missiles and initiates countermeasures. It is a passive imaging sensor detecting the UV radiation signature of approaching missiles. It enhances considerably the protection against anti-aircraft missiles such as shoulder-fired infrared-guided missiles. It has proven itself in operational use as the standard missile warning device on helicopters and transport/mission aircraft world-wide, including Tiger, NH90, CH-53, CH-47 and C-130.
HENSOLDT, the new German sensor house, has signed a Share Purchase Agreement with UK private equity firm ECI and management to acquire the UK provider of security and maritime radar solutions Kelvin Hughes, London. The transaction is subject to anti-trust approvals and closing is expected in the third quarter of 2017. “Kelvin Hughes is highly successful in the marine and security markets, while HENSOLDT has a strong position in the higher-end military and surveillance radar domain”, said Thomas Müller, CEO of HENSOLDT. “Our portfolios and market access are perfectly complementary and we will see significant growth from this transaction. The Kelvin Hughes portfolio will allow us to enter more price-sensitive markets and their security solutions will add value to the HENSOLDT products and bring us one step closer towards our strategic objective to develop our Sensor House into a Sensor Solutions provider”. Jointly shaping the radar market Kelvin Hughes, with approximately 200 employees, designs, produces and markets radar sensors mainly for maritime and security applications. Among their products are solid state high performance X-band pulse Doppler radars as well as Command and Control software that allows the integration of multiple radar and camera sensors into a comprehensive display package. The company generates revenues of more than € 30m. Their products are used by more than 30 navies and coast guards worldwide. “I am proud that Kelvin Hughes becomes a part of HENSOLDT. Both companies have shaped the radar market for seven decades and I am looking forward to the tremendous opportunities we have together and the new solutions we can jointly offer to our customers “, said Russell Gould, CEO of Kelvin Hughes. Radar and IFF systems installations HENSOLDT is a provider of radar and IFF systems on airborne, naval and land platforms. Its flagship product, the TRS series represents a new generation of radar systems for naval and land platforms and offers a detection capability without equal together with cutting edge AESA technology. The system’s naval version TRS-4D was selected not only for the German Navy’s F125 class frigates, but also by Lockheed Martin for the US Navy’s Littoral Combat Ship. Over 150 of HENSOLDT’s Spexer 2000 ground surveillance radar are in operation or under contract worldwide and have proven their capabilities in more than 1.7 million hours of operation.
The Spexer product family from HENSOLDT, the former electronics business unit of Airbus Defence and Space, is becoming a real export hit. Since the beginning of the year, HENSOLDT has received orders worth around 40 million euros for approximately 50 units of the Spexer 2000 ground surveillance radar from countries in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. Spexer 2000 ground surveillance radar Thomas Müller, the CEO of HENSOLDT, explained: “Spexer 2000 is based on the latest AESA technology with electronic beam scanning. This means that several operating modes or radar missions are possible at the same time, dramatically increasing the radar’s detection capabilities. As a result, one Spexer radar can replace several conventional radar systems.” A total of approximately 150 Spexer radar systems have so far been deployed or are under contract worldwide. These have proved their value in more than 1.7 million hours of operation when used, for example, for border and coastal surveillance, for the protection of critical infrastructure or in military battlefield surveillance. Identifying suspicious objects Spexer 2000 is optimised for ground surveillance missions. With its high doppler and velocity resolution as well as its strong clutter suppression, it is able to reliably detect, track and classify very small and slowly moving objects such as pedestrians, but also extremely fast objects such as guided missiles. Moreover, a top-mounted camera can be added to identify suspicious objects. Spexer 2000 is part of the Spexer family of ground surveillance radars. This product family includes various radar systems which are optimised for specific surveillance missions such as border, infrastructure, perimeter, or coastal surveillance. The original, military version of the radar was developed for the German Army.
The holding company will rest on two pillars, HENSOLDT Sensors GmbH and HENSOLDT Optronics GmbH HENSOLDT, the newly founded sensor house, will be given a holding structure enabling close proximity to the market, which will be headed by a new management team. Airbus DS Electronics and Border Security GmbH The company, which was formed from Airbus defence electronics activities and a majority stake in which was sold to the US financial investor KKR on 1 March 2017, will pursue their activities with two private limited liability companies to be controlled by a holding company. The managing directors of the holding company will be Thomas Müller, previously managing director of Airbus DS Electronics and Border Security GmbH (EBS), Axel Salzmann (Chief Financial Officer, CFO), until recently CFO of Bilfinger SE in Mannheim, and Peter Fieser (Chief Human Resources Officer, CHRO), who previously managed the HR department of Airbus DS EBS GmbH. HENSOLDT Sensors GmbH and HENSOLDT Optronics GmbH The holding company will rest on two pillars: on HENSOLDT Sensors GmbH, currently still Airbus DS Electronics and Border Security GmbH, under the direction of Peter Schlote, who is also the Chief Operating Officer (COO) of HENSOLDT, and CHRO Peter Fieser. The second pillar will be HENSOLDT Optronics GmbH, which is currently still Airbus DS Optronics GmbH, under the direction of Andreas Hülle. The change in the legal name of the companies will take place in the second quarter of 2017 as soon as the corresponding entries have been made in the commercial register.
The ASR is combined with the MSSR 2000 I secondary radar for automatic identification of aircraft HENSOLDT, the new Sensor House, is to equip six military airfields in Canada with the most powerful new generation airport surveillance radar (ASR) available currently. The programme consists of seven radar systems, including one training system, which are scheduled to be handed over in 2017. The company has successfully passed the fourth Site Acceptance Test of its radar. Military and civil air traffic control “Our ASR offers superior performance in both military and civil air traffic control,” said Thomas Müller, CEO of HENSOLDT which represents the former defence electronics business of Airbus. “Thus, it guarantees absolute reliability in controlling airspace and ensures that people can travel with utmost safety.” Automatic identification of aircraft Under a €50m contract awarded in 2013 by the procurement authority Public Services and Procurement Canada, the ASR systems will replace the radars which are used in military air traffic control. They will be used for approach control at the airfield itself and for airspace surveillance to safely separate military flight movements and civilian air traffic. The ASR is combined with the MSSR 2000 I (MSSR = Monopulse Secondary Surveillance Radar) secondary radar for automatic identification of individual aircraft. It meets the new air traffic control standards Mode 5, Mode S, and ADS-B, which greatly improve aircraft identification queries and are currently being introduced in military and civil airspace. ASR-S airport surveillance radar HENSOLDT supplies air traffic control and identification systems in the military and civilian sector worldwide. Amongst others, the company equipped the German Armed Forces’ airports with the ASR-S (Airport Surveillance Radar, S-Band) airport surveillance radar and delivers a complete approach control system for the military airfields in Switzerland. It has signed further contracts for its new ASR-NG for Australia and in the frame of the MARSHALL programme of the UK. In addition, the MSSR 2000 I secondary radar is deployed by the naval forces of Germany, France, Norway, and Finland for military friend-or-foe identification. For civil and military air traffic control, those identification systems are used in countries such as Germany, France, USA, UK, Bulgaria, and the Philippines.
Airbus DS EBS is strengthening its position as innovative provider within the Counter UAV market Airbus DS Electronics and Border Security (EBS) and MyDefence, Aalborg, Denmark, are joining forces to develop electronic protection systems. Both companies have signed a co-operation agreement and are now exploring opportunities in the areas of counter-measures against small drones, Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) and Electronic Counter-measures for combat aircraft. Electronic protection solutions “MyDefence’s high-performance technology is fitting ideally into our own product portfolio of proven electronic protection solutions. Together with their highly motivated team and their agility in the market this is the optimum precondition for developing joint business,” said Thomas Müller, CEO Airbus EBS, the future Hensoldt. By pooling proven Airbus EBS long-range capabilities with short and medium range solutions of MyDefence from their innovative RF detection products, EBS is further strengthening its position as innovative, full-scale provider within the Counter UAV market. Counter UAV system "By combining forces, MyDefence and EBS can now offer the full range of high quality products ranging from inexpensive short range detection to full scale systems" MyDefence CEO Christian Steinö added: “The Counter UAV market is very diverse where customers in one end of the scale are looking for short range mobile detection only, while customers in the other end are looking for stationary long range systems with hard kill counter-measures. By combining forces, MyDefence and EBS can now offer the full range of high quality products ranging from inexpensive short range detection to full scale systems.” The Counter UAV system to be jointly offered will have a modular, scalable design and will offer the capability to combine various sensors – cameras, radar systems, RF detectors, direction finders – with different ranges of up to 10 kilometres. MyDefence develops small form factor portable RF: UAS detectors, system networked sensors, stand alone or system integrated RF direction finders, and a small portable short to medium range radar.
The ASR systems will replace the 30-year-old radars which have been used until now in air traffic control Airbus DS Electronics and Border Security (EBS) is currently equipping the military airfields in Germany with the ASR (Aerodrome Surveillance Radar), the most powerful airport surveillance radar in the world, as part of a modernisation programme. The first ASR system for the army has now been handed over to the Transport Helicopter Regiment 30 at Niederstetten Air Base. A total of 20 systems will be delivered altogether. Airspace surveillance The ASR systems will replace the 30-year-old radars which have been used until now in military air traffic control. The new radars will be used for approach control at the airfields themselves and for airspace surveillance within a radius of 60 NM (110 km) to safely coordinate military flight movements with civil air traffic. The radar handed over to the Niederstetten Army Airfield is the fourth system in this product series, and the first system delivered to the army. The ASR-S is already in service at the German Air Force bases in Laupheim, Büchel, and Wittmund. "In particular, the sophisticated signal processing guarantees reliable and exact target tracking even under difficult environmental conditions” “ASR offers extraordinary performance, as proven in an extensive test phase,” said Thomas Müller, CEO of Airbus DS EBS. “In particular, the sophisticated signal processing guarantees reliable and exact target tracking even under difficult environmental conditions.” Automatic aircraft identification The ASR comprises a primary radar based on a semiconductor transmitter and special signal processing technology for wide-area surveillance. It is combined with the MSSR 2000 I secondary radar for the automatic identification of aircraft. This secondary radar meets the new “Mode S” air traffic control standard, which greatly improves aircraft identification queries and is currently being introduced in the Central European airspace. EBS supplies air traffic control and identification systems in the military and civilian sector worldwide. For example, the company delivers a complete approach control system for the Swiss Air Force. Other ASR versions are under contract to be delivered to Australia and Canada. The MSSR 2000 I secondary radar is also deployed by the naval forces of Germany, France, Norway, and Finland for military friend-or-foe identification. For civil and military air traffic control, these identification systems are used, for example, in Germany, France, USA, UK, Bulgaria or the Philippines.