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.

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Thomas Müller, CEO, Hensoldt

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