About us

HENSOLDT - Innovations for a safer world

HENSOLDT’s core competence is to recognize dangers and to protect customers from them. After the successfully completed carve-out from the Airbus Group and a start-up phase, we are now pursuing an ambitious growth strategy as an independent company.

Our companies success is based on the work of our highly skilled employees that are fascinated by high-end technology and driven by the desire to meet evolving customer needs. In line with the tradition of our predecessors, we translate technological innovations into smart electronic solutions, which support defence and security organisations in their mission to make the world a safer place.

Our employees are our most valuable asset and, therefore, our top priority.

Our Company

HENSOLDT is a global pioneer high-tech pioneer in the area of defence and security electronics. We are a market leader in civilian and military sensor solutions. In addition, we develop new products for data management, robotics and cyber security by crosslinking existing expertise with software solutions. With a workforce of some 4,400 employees, HENSOLDT generates revenues of more than 1 billion euros per year.

Our Vision

We pioneer with passion to create competitive premium sensors and strive to be the preferred global partner for our customers’ success. With innovative solutions for defence and security we make an essential contribution to protect nations and their people.

Our employees are our most valuable asset and we enjoy working in an exciting international high-tech environment. We offer them a wide range of tailor-made options for every phase of their personal and professional life and take care of their well-being.
Thomas Müller

CEO HENSOLDT

Our Mission

We strive to become Europe’s leading, platform-independent provider of defence and security sensor solutions with global reach.

To strengthen our position as a technology leader we are investing in the development of technologies for the future, such as cyber-hardening, automation and robotics.

HENSOLDT will make a decisive contribution to the consolidation of the European defence electronics industry. It is our aim to ensure a functioning, efficient and competitive defence industry in Europe.

Our Values

At the heart of our company culture are the values we share, giving the success of our company a common, solid basis. These values – laid out already in our predecessor companies and developed further - are fundamental to all our doing and have a profound impact on all other areas of our business, like a house that cannot rest safely without reliable foundations.  

In this sense, the basis of everything is the value of Collaboration going together with team spirit and respect, openness, transparency and trust, i.e. overcoming organisational lines and taking on challenges as one team. Based on this foundation HENSOLDT rests on three pillars: Excellence, Ownership and Innovation. Bearing the roof of the entire building is Entrepreneurship.

Entrepreneurship

One word summarizes what we all are committed to: To act on behalf of our company, take decisions, continuously aspire for excellence and accept being held responsible – in the best interest of our customers!

Ownership

Ownership means we keep our world safe, we take responsibility for our decisions and actions and we are reliable towards our colleagues and our customers.

Excellence

Excellence is literally the essence of our success, but only if it is paired with efficiency, agility and simplicity. Excellence is no value in itself but only insofar as it serves customer value.

Innovation

Innovation is a permanent process, not so much a status, requiring curiosity, creativity and passion as well as courage to think outside of the box and even to risk failure. 

Areas of activity

HENSOLDT is a leading supplier for sea-, air- and land-based platforms of the armed and security forces worldwide. As one of the most important security and defence companies based in Germany, we contribute significantly to the protection of soldiers and the operational capability of the German Bundeswehr and the wider NATO.

HENSOLDT’s portfolio includes various sensor technologies, which, when combined, allow detection capabilities to be improved substantially. Our main areas of activity include the protection of borders and critical infrastructures, air defence, mission management and platform self-protection, force protection, signal intelligence and data links, as well as night vision devices, laser rangefinders and optronic targeting equipment. In addition, our portfolio also comprises of mission avionics such as avionics computers, mission planning systems and autopilots.

With our wide product range, we cover all types of applications in air, sea, land and space missions and enable our customers to maintain superiority when it comes to monitoring the electromagnetic spectrum. Our solutions are deployed on various platforms, including helicopters, aircraft, unmanned aerial vehicles, ships and submarines, armoured vehicles as well as satellites.

HENSOLDT's Executive Comittee

Thomas Müller

CEO of HENSOLDT

Axel Salzmann

Chief Financial Officer

Peter Fieser

Head of HR

Sabine K. Hipp

Head of Sales & Marketing

Solms U. Wittig

General Counsel

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Before taking over the management of HENSOLDT, Thomas Müller was the CEO of Airbus DS Electronics and Border Security GmbH after having previously managed the Electronics unit in the Airbus Defence and Space Division.

From January 2013 until the time when he assumed this position, he had been the Head of Astrium Satellites Products, following his time as the CFO and an Executive Committee member at Astrium. Prior to these positions, he had served as the CFO of EADS Systems & Defence Electronics. Before this, he had held various management functions at DASA Defence and Civil Systems, DASA Missiles and Air Defence Systems and Deutsche Aerospace AG.

Thomas Müller (born in Munich in 1958) began his career in 1978 in the German Armed Forces, which he left as a captain in 1991. He graduated from the University of the German Armed Forces with a degree in Economics and Business Administration.

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Before assuming his current position, Axel Salzmann was the CFO of Bilfinger SE in Mannheim and responsible for the areas of Group Controlling, Finance, Investor Relations, Legal and Regulatory Affairs and Administration.

From 2008 to 2015, he acted as the CFO of ProSiebenSat.1 Media AG in Munich. With O2 Deutschland GmbH in Munich, he held the same position from 2002 to 2007, acting in parallel as the deputy CEO of the company. Before this, he had held different management positions in the Philips Group.

Axel Salzmann (born in Oldenburg/Holstein in 1958) holds a degree in Industrial Engineering from the University of Hamburg.

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Within the Airbus Group, Peter Fieser had held various international leadership positions in Human Resources, Facility Management and IT. Before joining Airbus in 2000, Fieser started his career at MTU Friedrichshafen, a manufacturer of diesel engines and propulsion systems. He is a German national and spent more than 4 years working in France.

Peter Fieser (born in Frankfurt/Main in 1960) holds a degree in Business Administration from the University of Apllied Sciences Augsburg.

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Prior to her current position, Sabine Hipp had been responsible for the Electronic Warfare and Avionics unit at Airbus Defence and Space. She joined the Airbus Group in 1985 and has gained extensive experience in the defence and security business. She has held various posts including senior management and executive leadership positions in the areas of Engineering, Programs and Marketing & Sales, with responsibility for international teams.

Sabine K. Hipp (born in Karlsruhe in 1959) graduated from the universities of Ulm and Syracuse/USA with a degree in mathematics.

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Before assuming his current position, Solms Wittig was the Chief Legal Officer and Chief Compliance Officer at Linde AG in Munich, following several management positions at WTS Group AG in Munich and in Siemens AG's Industry Sector in Erlangen.

From 1997 to 2001, he was active in various functions at Siemens AG, Deutsche Bank AG and Lovells Boesebeck Droste. From 2010 to 2014, Wittig was a member of the Supervisory Board of Commerzbank AG, manroland AG and WTS Group AG.

Solms U. Wittig (born in Hanover in 1964) holds a degree from the University of Regensburg and New York University.

Erwin Paulus

Head of Radar/ IFF and Datalink

Celia Pelaz

Head of Spectrum Dominance & Airborne Solutions

Andreas Hülle

Head of Optronics

Peter Schlote

Chief Operating Officer

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In his previous position, Erwin Paulus managed the Border Security Programmes of Cassidian in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Since joining the Airbus Group in 1983, he had held different senior and executive management positions at Eurofighter Jagdflugzeug GmbH, EADS Deutschland GmbH and DASA.

Erwin Paulus (born in Munich in 1961) holds a Master’s degree in Aeronautical Engineering from Munich University of Applied Sciences.

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Celia Pelaz took over the position as Head of Spectrum Dominance and Airborne Solutions in March 2017. Prior, she was the Head of Strategic Business Development at HENSOLDT following her position as Head of Transformation and Corporate Functions at Airbus Defence and Space Electronics, which she was appointed to in July 2014. Before this, she worked as Head of Portfolio Bid Management for Mission Systems (UAVs and mission critical avionics).

During her 14 years of service at Airbus, Pelaz also lived in Brazil where she worked as Programme Manager for the "PROAMATEC" security programme, making a major contribution to setting up the company in Brazil. Prior to her assignment abroad, she worked in several positions as project, bid and sales manager in the field of defence electronics.

Celia Pelaz (born in Durango/Spain in 1978) holds a Bachelor's degree in Industrial Engineering from the University College of Bilbao Chamber of Commerce.

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From 2009 until September 2016, Andreas Hülle managed the Electronic Warfare/Situational Awareness unit at Airbus Defence and Space. In addition to this position, he was a member of the board at GEW Technologies in Pretoria, a joint venture with Kunene Finance Corp. Prior to this, Hülle had acted as Head of Production and Integration of the Defence Electronics unit at Airbus Defence and Space.

Andreas Hülle (born in Aalen in 1961) holds a degree in Industrial Engineering from the Technical University of Karlsruhe.

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Between 2009 and 2015, Peter Schlote was the CEO of Tesat-Spacecom GmbH & Co. KG, a global market leader for satellite payload equipment. Prior to this, he had managed the Avionics product line at EADS Defence and Security and served as a member of the Board of Directors at EuroMIDS in Paris. Schlote was part of the Merger Integration Team in the EADS Headquarters. He joined the Airbus Group in 1991 as a development manager at Siemens Defence Electronics.

Peter Schlote (born in Neunkirchen/Saar in 1967) graduated from the University of Applied Sciences of Saarbrücken as an electrical engineer. Furthermore, he holds a Master's degree from the National Defense University in Washington DC and a degree from the Defense Acquisition University of the United States.

Our Business

We, the HENSOLDT Group, offer our customers first-class sensor systems for protection, for surveillance and for situational awareness.

For this, HENSOLDT develops innovative, integrated and customer-specific solutions in the fields of radar, optronics, electronic warfare and avionics, as well as customer support. We consistently drive innovations forward with the help of our start-up lab, HENSOLDT Ventures.

Company Organisation

Divisions

We address the market through several legal entities and joint ventures, closely cooperating with armed and security forces, as well as system providers worldwide. Organisationally, the HENSOLDT Group is divided into the following divisions, in which certain business activities are combined and bundled into product categories:

  • Radar, IFF and Datalink

    HENSOLDT’s Radar, IFF & Datalink portfolio covers mission-critical premium products in the area of military and security radar, air traffic control/identification-friend-or-foe (IFF) and datalinks for air, sea, and land platforms to various platform manufacturers worldwide.

    Our radar portfolio is focussing on applications in the fields of surveillance and reconnaissance, air traffic control, air defence and weapon guidance. We have delivered naval radars to various leading navies in the world as well as powerful land-based air defence radars. We have developed a family of security radars, with each product optimized for certain tasks in protecting critical infrastructures. Our passive radar enables the establishment of a highly comprehensive Common Air Picture without emissions of its own.

    HENSOLDT is a principal partner in the development of major radar programmes and provide integrated logistics support, maintenance and upgrades. As an innovative technology leader, we drive the development and application of high-end active electronically scanning (AESA) radars for air, naval and ground applications.

    In the area of air traffic control and IFF, we provide the most powerful air traffic control radar ASR NG (= Airport Surveillance Radar, Next generation) as well as the successful secondary radar MSSR and a range of transponders including highly sensitive encryption devices.

    With data transmission being at the core of ISR solutions, our portfolio also includes a range of radio data link solutions. Branded “Lygarion”, the latest member of this product family enables secure exchange of real time data between moving airborne as well as maritime platforms and deployable control stations. Main purposes cover Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance as well as secure command and control of platforms and weapons in order to support terrestrial and maritime operations.

    Within HENSOLDT, multi-sensor integration and data fusion technology is particularly useful creating added value by combining radars with optronic and other sensors.

    Among the most prominent platforms equipped by our products are Eurofighter Typhoon, the “Freedom” class Littoral Combat Ships of the US Navy and the F125 frigates of the German Navy as well as the Tandem-X satellites. Furthermore, we equip air bases of the German, Swiss, Canadian and Australian armed forces with airport surveillance radars. In addition, our secondary radars are deployed by the naval forces of Germany, France, Norway and Finland for military IFF. For civil and military air traffic control, our identification systems are used, for example, in countries such as USA, UK, Bulgaria and the Philippines.

  • Optronics

    Our optronics portfolio covers optronic, optic and precision-engineered products for military, civil and security applications. HENSOLDT’s optronics solutions are deployed on various platforms, including submarines, armoured vehicles, aircraft, unmanned aerial vehicles and satellites. These products are used globally by armed forces and security personnel for monitoring, identification and classification purposes, as well as for highly precise measurement, evaluation and targeting. Our key competences in optronics lie in day vision, thermal imaging, residual light amplification, laser range finding and stabilisation for use in all light and weather conditions. Robustness, modularity and customisation are key features of our portfolio.

    The roots of our optronics portfolio lie in the long-established German companies Carl Zeiss and Hensoldt. Our military optical and optronic riflescopes, spotting scopes and binoculars derive from the original Hensoldt AG. Since 1896, the HENSOLDT name stands for combat-proven, reliable and accurate targeting and observation optics for various applications.

    The optronics portfolio furthermore encompasses stabilised periscopes for gunners and commanders of main battle tanks and infantry fighting vehicles, surveillance and reconnaissance platforms and driver’s sight devices for use both day and night. Our portfolio of maritime optronics solutions includes periscopes and optronic mast systems for submarines as well as stabilised surveillance solutions for vessels. Among our airborne observation systems are gimbals deployed on military and law enforcement helicopters as well as on unmanned aerial vehicles. In addition, we offer reconnaissance and missile-warning sensors for aircraft. We also offer long-range to extreme long-range surveillance solutions, both mobile and stationary, for security forces. Our high-performance portfolio furthermore includes precision measurement capabilities for the semiconductor key component production industry.

    Among the most prominent air platforms equipped with Hensoldt’s optronics products are the Gripen and Rafale combat aircraft as well as helicopters of various types. We equip the class 212 and 209 submarines with periscopes and optronic mast systems. We furthermore provide mission-critical equipment to the LEOPARD main battle tank and the PUMA infantry fighting vehicle. Our HENSOLDT sights and night vision optics have also been chosen for the German Future Soldier Programme “Infanterist der Zukunft – Erweitertes System”.

  • Spectrum Dominance and Airborne Solutions

    HENSOLDT’s Spectrum Dominance and Airborne Solutions (SDAS) Business Line provides clients across the world with the capability to detect and protect in contemporary defence and civil operating environments.

    Not only on land, at sea or in the air but also across the entire electromagnetic spectrum and in cyberspace, our comprehensive range of solutions is empowering our clients to protect civilians, defence forces and national infrastructure.

    In the area of Spectrum Dominance, our sophisticated solutions are modular, scalable and tailored to customer requirements, forming a comprehensive portfolio for Electronic Warfare and Signal Intelligence, which is evolving towards also supporting Cyber Operations. Our offering ranges from standalone products to nationwide strategic systems.

    Our Airborne Solutions range from Avionics components and systems to complex Integrated Airborne Mission Systems, as well as Unmanned Solutions.

    We are inspired by technology and strive to provide our clients with solutions to counter evolving threats like hybrid and cyber warfare, the increased use of drones, robots and artificial intelligence.

    Our success is built on the work of our highly skilled employees, who are fascinated by high-end technology and driven by the desire to meet evolving market needs. Our employees translate innovation into smart solutions that support defence and security organisations in their mission to detect and protect.

HENSOLDT at a glance

By implementing an ambitious growth strategy, we plan to double our annual revenues to two billion euros by 2022, while at the same time ensuring high profitability.

HENSOLDT will make a decisive contribution to the consolidation of the European defence electronics industry. It is our aim to ensure a functioning, efficient and competitive defence industry in Europe. In this context, we are pursuing the vision of making HENSOLDT into the leading independent provider of sensor solutions with a global footprint.

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Global Footprint

We address the market through several legal entities, sales hubs and joint ventures worldwide. We have more than 4,300 employees in strategic locations for engineering, operations and sales across the globe.

Our Heritage

HENSOLDT is built from various former Airbus activities in the areas of defence and security electronics. Those activities are all linked to sensor technologies, mutually augmenting their respective strengths and reaping synergies from operation under one roof, as a platform independent company.

 

Our company’s know-how is based on the pioneering spirit of our renowned predecessor companies such as Telefunken, Zeiss, Dornier, Aerospatiale-Matra and Siemens, driving technology to better detect threats to our societies and to help protect our fellow citizens.

In addition, HENSOLDT acquired the German company Euroavionics and British radar specialist Kelvin Hughes in 2017 as well as French-based electronics company Nexeya in 2019.

Company Heritage

Our brand journey

We unite known names in defence and security electronics under one roof. HENSOLDT is built from various former Airbus activities as well as the additonal aquired companies Kelvin Hughes, EUROAVIONICS and Nexeya.

The HENSOLDT brand, which has been in use for many years for our telescopic sights and targeting optics portfolio, derives from Moritz Carl HENSOLDT (1821-1903), a German pioneer of optics and precision mechanics, who developed benchmark technology solutions and products in his domain. The spirit of technological progress, of continuous quest for premium solutions reined in by a solid, practical sense of efficiency, made the name “HENSOLDT” a perfect choice to represent our company.

Company Name

Where Tradition and Innovation come together

Our companies name derives from Moritz Carl HENSOLDT (1821-1903), a German pioneer of optics and precision mechanics, who developed benchmark technology solutions and products in his domain. Among other activities, he developed binoculars and telescopic sights revolutionizing surveillance and reconnaissance as well as target acquisition in his time.

It is his relentless pursuit of innovation, his incomparable way of translating scientific findings into useful products that unites perfectly with the achievements of other heroes of technology who together form the heritage of our company.

A History of Firsts

In our company, we bring together the innovative spirit of our predeccessor companies such as Telefunken, AEG, Zeiss, Dornier, Aerospatiale-Matra and Siemens. In our company history of over 125 years, many inventions took place. We show just an extract of the most prominent ones.

The inventions of the past are the basis of our future.

1892

Riflescope for the prussian army

Following the exchange of letters between Ernst Abbe and Lieutenant Carl Freiherr Beaulieu-Marconnay, the development of a riflescope for the Prussian army begins.

This marks the first step in over 125 years of experience in the defence and security industry.

1893

Moritz Hensoldt

A prism binocular, a scissors telescope and an optical rangefinder are invented and manufactured.

1897

1st Binoculars with roof prism

Moritz Hensoldt develops the world‘s first binoculars with roof prisms.

1903

1st Periscope

The first periscope for the German submarine “Forelle” is developed and manufactured. It can be moved up and down by the submarine crew and is groundbreaking for the German submarine forces.

1904

Telemobiloskop

Christian Hülsmeyer presents to the public the first radar-based system, the "Telemobiloskop" which can detect objects via the Doppler effect.

1914

Handheld stereoscopic

The first handheld stereoscopic is developed.

1935

Antireflection coating

With the invention of antireflection coating by Alexander Smakula, the light transmission in binoculars and riflescopes can be increased to 80 per cent.

1942

Würzburg-Riese

Telefunken developes the first air defence radar.

1944

Thermal imaging

We become the leading pioneer in thermal imagers with longrange heat sensors and tracking devices (WPG DONAU).

1947

Marine radar type 1

Kelvin Hughes devlopes the first marine radar type 1.

1951

TELEFON I

The TELEFON 1, an innovative direction finder, is developed.

1953

ASR 3

The ASR-3, a first generation ATC radar by AEG Telefunken, is demonstrated to the public at a fair in Berlin.

1969

Stabilized tank persicope

With our ZEISS Optronics predecessor company, we produce the PERI-R 12, the world’s first stabilized panoramic periscope, for the German main battle tank Leopard 1. It includes the stereoscopic rangefinder EMES 12.

1979

TMR MPDR

The "Tiefflieger-Melde-Radar" MPDR is one of the first mobile puls-doppler radars for air surveillance.

1980

WBG-X thermal imager

Serial production of the WBG-X thermal imager based on the common module principle for armoured vehicles (Leopard 1, Leopard 2, Marder, Luchs) by ZEISS Optronics begins. In addition, the development of an optronic submarine periscope starts.

1983

EK33 HUMMEL

We equip the electronic attack vehicel EK33 Hummel of the German Bundeswehr with an innovative jammer.

1986

MILDS

We devlop the first generation of the missile warning system MILDS which in newer generations is still in use with armed forces.

1989

TRS-3D/16

We start deveopement of the TRS-3D/16 naval radar which is still in use with nations today.

1991

APG-65

We equip the F-4 Phantom fighter aicraft with an airborne radar.

1992

We start development of Hellas, the first obstacle warning system for Helicopters.

1993

Border Security Systems

Start of the border surveillance business with sensor technology. Since then, more than 900 Systems ranging from a number of vehicle platforms to boats, mast systems, buoys, containers, camp protection and tripods, have been delivered.

1994

EuroNav

The first generation of  mission management suits for helicopters is developed by EUROAVIONICS.

1996

OPHELIOS

Construction of the digital IR-camera OPHELIOS starts. Other important projects like the RecceLite, a reconnaissance pod for tactical aircraft and the development of eye-safe laser rangefinders with a very long range are starting in the 1990 following years.

1998

RecceLite

RecceLite, a reconnaissance pod for tactical aircraft, is being developed.

2000

SERO 400 & OMS 100

Development of the submarine periscope SERO 400 with laser rangefinder and optronic mast system OMS 100 start, including a high resolution thermal imager and an HDTV-camera.

2002

METEOSAT - Earth observation

Meteorological satellite METEOSAT uses optics from Oberkochen for earth observation.

2005

ATTICA - 3rd generation thermal imager

Serial production of ATTICA, the third-generation thermal imager, starts. The G-Class is introduced as a system solution with a Multi sensor platform.

2008

Data link in space

We realize the first optical data link (5.5 GBit/s) in space between two LEO satellites.

2012

Targeting optics for GLADIUS

Development and production of a modular targeting system for the enhanced German Future Soldier project “Infanterist der Zukunft – Erweitertes System”.

2013

Laser Altimeter for space

First European Laser Altimeter qualified for space.