Ulm/Oberkochen, 10 April 2017 – Electronic and optronic systems for protecting German soldiers in military missions was the focal topic when Julia Obermeier, member of the German Parliament (MP) for the political party CSU and a member of the parliamentary defence committee, came to the Ulm and Oberkochen sites of HENSOLDT, previously belonging to Airbus Defence and Space.
During her visit to HENSOLDT’s training department, she proved to be convinced by the quality of the dual training system and the motivation of the trainees. Currently around 120 young people, including trainees from other companies in the region, are being trained at HENSOLDT’s premises.
The MP also had the opportunity to take a close look at the “speciality” of the HENSOLDT site in Ulm – the production of radio-frequency electronic components under cleanroom conditions in the so-called “Microwave Factory”, the only facility of this type in Europe. Furthermore, she was also interested in any information on current developments in the protection of soldiers against missile and bomb attacks as well as on the latest laser and night vision technologies.
In a conversation with representatives of HENSOLDT, Julia Obermeier emphasised the necessity of providing the Bundeswehr with state-of-the-art equipment: “The equipment available to the German Armed Forces must urgently be modernised to protect our soldiers during operations,” said the MP. She continued, “At a time of increasing threats, we have to invest more in our security again.”
About 2,000 employees at HENSOLDT’s Ulm site, and about 450 in Oberkochen, are working on the development and manufacture of complex security electronics.
HENSOLDT is a globally leading supplier of sensor systems for reconnaissance and surveillance purposes. The company comprises the defence electronics activities of the Airbus Group, which were spun off from the group in 2017 and have now entered the market as a new sensor house under the brand name of HENSOLDT, together with the former Airbus DS Optronics. HENSOLDT employs some 4,000 employees generating revenues of approximately €1 billion per year.
Ulm Lothar Belz
Oberkochen Carina Siegmund