Ulm, Germany,27 October 2017 – Representatives from the SPD faction at Baden-Württemberg’s state parliament visited the Ulm site of HENSOLDT, previously Airbus Defence and Space, and were shown electronic systems to defend against drones and to protect Bundeswehr soldiers on a mission.
The head of the SPD faction at the state parliament, Andreas Stoch, and the member for Ulm, Martin Rivoir, had a look at the latest developments at HENSOLDT, including equipment to detect and defend against small drones, and at an innovative, so-called “passive radar” which locates flight movements, without having to emit radio signals itself. During a guided tour around the production facilities for naval and ground-based radar, the state politicians gained an insight into the working conditions at the sensor specialist HENSOLDT.
In conversation with HENSOLDT representatives, the SPD politicians underlined the importance of medium-sized enterprises’ innovative power. Martin Rivoir, himself a graduated electrical engineer, pointed out that HENSOLDT, with its innovative products and as a significant employer, was making substantial contributions to the region’s future viability. “In an innovative technology company such as ours, commercial success depends upon highly qualified specialists,” explained Peter Fieser, Head of Human Resources. “This is why we at HENSOLDT set great store by the training of our staff.”
At HENSOLDT’s Ulm site, a total of about 2,000 employees develop and manufacture complex security electronics, with about 140 young people completing apprenticeships.
HENSOLDT is an independent, globally leading supplier of premium sensors for security and surveillance missions. The company is active throughout the world in such areas as missile warning systems and submarine periscopes. Moreover, HENSOLDT is very active in the market for radar systems, optronics and electronic protection systems. The company comprises the security and 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. HENSOLDT employs approximately 4,000 employees, generating annual revenues of about €1 billion.