New Euro­pean de­fence com­pany Hen­soldt launched


Fol­low­ing the clos­ing of the trans­ac­tion be­tween Air­bus Group SE and KKR, a lead­ing global in­vest­ment firm, a new Euro­pean de­fence com­pany head­quar­tered in Ger­many, Hen­soldt, has been launched.

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.

Hen­soldt will pro­vide lead­ing edge tech­nol­ogy so­lu­tions to armed forces and se­cu­rity agen­cies. Firmly grounded in its three prod­uct lines — Op­tron­ics, Radar/IFF/Data link 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.

Hen­soldt is a key con­trib­u­tor to ma­jor Euro­pean de­fence ac­qui­si­tion pro­grammes 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.

Thomas Müller, CEO, Hen­soldt

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