HENSOLDT and Airdyne join forces for mission aircraft retrofit

Pre-integrated sensor package and installation kit provides C-130 operators with ready-made mission suite

Airdyne’s SABIR System is a modular open architecture set of mounting components including Doors, Robotic Struts and Mission Pods. Photo: Airdyne

Orlando/Florida 23 October 2023 – Sensor solutions provider HENSOLDT joins forces with U.S. mission aircraft supplier Airdyne Aerospace Inc., Brooksville/FL, to jointly offer an integrated and certified mission suite, in a first step specifically for C-130 mission aircraft. On September 20, 2023, both companies signed a MoU to set up the details of their relationship. The mission suite combines HENSOLDT’s “MissionGrid” portfolio of different sensors and mission management systems and Airdyne’s SABIR System which is a system of individual “bolt-on” modular components that can be configured in several ways to support various missions, aircraft configurations, and other customer-specific requirements.

“HENSOLDT has a long-standing track record of providing a variety of sensors for ISR missions as well as mission management systems and mission avionics”, said Steffen Kolditz, Head of Airborne Solution Business Unit at HENSOLDT. “Therefore, Airdyne with its versatile SABIR system is the ideal partner to jointly offer an exportable mission package to C-130 customers worldwide with very low integration risks for the end-user”.

HENSOLDT’s MissionGrid consists of building blocks such as airborne radar, COMINT and ELINT sensors, electro-optical sensors and mission computers which are pre-integrated and tested at their own premises. This results in significant advantages for the customer, such as reduced technical risk or shortened integration times. It can be used on fixed-wing aircraft, helicopters, and unmanned aerial vehicles. In addition to military air and naval missions, it is used for border protection, search and rescue, maritime patrol and law enforcement.

Airdyne’s SABIR System is a modular open architecture set of mounting components including Doors, Robotic Struts, Mission Pods, Workstations, Avionics Racks, Crashworthy Seats, Power Modules and more. SABIR mission systems accommodates thousands of sensor/communication configurations and many different pod designs – either independently developed or created by Airdyne. SABIR supports a wide range of missions such as full spectrum military operations, maritime patrol, search and rescue, surveillance, C5ISR, CBRNE, crisis response, command and control, and even scientific and environmental research. SABIR is compatible with all C-130 models and can be installed as a permanent solution, or as a temporary modification moveable between aircraft.

About HENSOLDT

HENSOLDT is a leading company in the European defence industry with global reach. Based in Taufkirchen near Munich, the company develops complete sensor solutions for defence and security applications. As a technology leader, HENSOLDT drives the development of defence electronics and optronics and is continuously expanding its portfolio based on innovative approaches to data management, robotics and cyber security. With more than 6,500 employees, HENSOLDT achieved a turnover of 1.7 billion euros in 2022. HENSOLDT is listed in the MDAX of the Frankfurt Stock Exchange.
www.hensoldt.net

About Airdyne

Airdyne is a privately held engineering, manufacturing, and problem-solving firm located near Tampa, FL USA, and Calgary, AB Canada. The company is focused on engineering solutions to operational information collection, distribution, and general logistics problems for the defence and public-safety markets.
www.airdyne-aero.com

Press contact HENSOLDT

Lothar Belz
Tel.: +49 (0)731.392.3681
lothar.belz@hensoldt.net

Press contact Airdyne

Peter J. Baxter
Tel.: +1 352.593.4163
baxterp@airdyne-aero.com

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