Cas­sid­ian Op­tron­ics now Air­bus DS Op­tron­ics


Ef­fec­tive Oc­to­ber 1, 2014, Cas­sid­ian Op­tron­ics is a 100 per cent sub­sidiary of Air­bus De­fence and Space, and will op­er­ate as Air­bus DS Op­tron­ics GmbH. This con­cludes the in­te­gra­tion process started in Oc­to­ber 2012. Since then, Air­bus De­fence and Space has held a 75.1 per cent share of the for­mer Carl Zeiss Op­tron­ics GmbH sub­sidiary of Carl Zeiss AG with head­quar­ters in Oberkochen. Both com­pa­nies have agreed not to dis­close the price of the fi­nal 24.9 per cent share.

The Man­age­ment led by CEO Ralf Klaedtke will re­main un­changed. Also, the al­ter­ation to the company’s name and the com­plete change of own­er­ship will not en­tail any changes for the sup­pli­ers, cus­tomers and em­ploy­ees of the company. With ap­proxi- mately 800 em­ploy­ees at its Ger­man sites in Oberkochen and Wet­zlar as well as in Irene (South Africa), Belo Hor­i­zonte (Brazil), Seoul (South Korea) and Sidi bel Ab­bès (Al­ge­ria), Air­bus DS Op­tron­ics de­vel­ops, de­signs and pro­duces op­tronic, op­ti­cal and pre­ci­sion-en­gi­neered prod­ucts for mil­i­tary, civil and se­cu­rity ap­pli­ca­tions.

Th­ese are used glob­ally by armed forces and se­cu­rity per­son­nel for mon­i­tor­ing, iden­ti­fi­ca­tion and clas­si­fi­ca­tion pur­poses, as well as for pre­cise mea­sure­ment, eval­u­a­tion and tar­get­ing. The op­tronic prod­ucts are used for land, air, sea and space mis­sions on a va­ri­ety of plat­forms. Th­ese in­clude sub­marines and ar­moured ve­hi­cles as well as air­craft, satel­lites and UAVs.

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