HENSOLDT helps to avert threats to armed forces and society and to protect our customers from them. We are a German champion in the defence industry with a leading market position in Europe and a global reach.
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.
HENSOLDT is a pioneer of technology and innovation for defence and security electronics. Based in Taufkirchen near Munich, our company is a German Champion with strategic leadership positions in the field of sensor solutions for defence and security applications. As a technology leader, HENSOLDT also continuously expands its Cyber portfolio and develops new products to combat a wide range of threats based on innovative approaches to data management, robotics and cybersecurity.
With approximately 5,600 employees, we generated revenues of 1.2 billion euros in 2020.
We exist to pioneer technologies and human potential that promote the protection of all kind of species worldwide. Our activities shall serve the higher purpose of securing the freedom and future of our planet, our nature, and our lives.
We strive to become Europe’s leading, platform-independent provider of defence and security sensor solutions with global reach.
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.
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 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 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 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.
HENSOLDT is a leading supplier for platform independent offerings deployed across the domains air, sea, land and security for armed and security forces worldwide. As a German champion and the largest European pure-play defence and security electronics house, 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 security 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.
CEO of HENSOLDT
Chief Financial Officer
Chief HR Officer
Chief Strategy Officer & Head of Spectrum Dominance and Airborne Solutions
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.
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.
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.
Celia Pelaz was appointed to HENSOLDT´s Management Board in July 2021. Already in 2017, she took over the position as Head of Spectrum Dominance and Airborne Solutions . 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.
Head of Radar and Naval Solutions
Head of Optronics and Land Solutions
Chief Operating Officer
Solms U. Wittig
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.
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.
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.
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.
Head of Governmental Business Development and Political Affairs
Head of International Business Development
Jérôme Giraud is a French Engineer with a Master from Essec business School. He had various management functions at Aerospatiale/ EADS/ Airbus and at SFR, a leading french mobile Operator. After managing a digital marketing agency, he joined Nexeya in 2014 to became General Manager of the french electronic group specialized in Defense and Aerospace activities. Following the takeover by HENSOLDT, he took the Presidence/ CEO position of HENSOLDT activities in France and is member of HENSOLDT Group Executive Commitee.
Stefan Hess, born in 1968, studied Political Science and Economics at the Helmut Schmidt University of the Federal Armed Forces in Hamburg. He previously completed training as an army officer, gained experience in out-of-area operations and, after serving in the troops, was most recently a full-time youth officer. He went to Berlin and worked in various functions for industry and trade associations in the field of industrial policy, most recently as Head of department for Defense and Space at the BDLI.
In 2016, Stefan Hess changed to HENSOLDT and built up the Public Affairs department in Berlin, Brussels and Paris. In January 2021, he took over the area of Business Development and Political Affairs Germany & European Homecountries.
Stefan Hess is a member of the Presidium of the German Air Force Association and the Defense Business Unit of the European industry association ASD.
From 2007 until September 2017, Russell Gould was CEO of Kelvin Hughes Ltd, having led the Company through its management buyout from Smiths Group PLC. Prior to this, Gould worked for BAE systems in Italy and Oman, heading up the Project Engineering Management function. He is also Chairman of the UK maritime Trade Association, SMI, and sits on the Government / Industry Trade body, Maritime UK
Russell Gould (Born in Watford, UK in 1963) holds a First Class BSc degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from Bath University, is a Chartered Engineer, and is a Member of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (MIET)
We, the HENSOLDT Group, offer our customers mission critical sensor systems for protection, for surveillance and for situational awareness.
As innovation is intrinsic to our DNA we continously develop innovative, integrated and customer-specific solutions in the segments Radar, IFF & COMMS, Spectrum Dominance and Airborne Solutions, Optronics and Customer Services. We consistently drive innovations forward and invest significantly in research and development. This is complemented by our in-house innovation-hub and start-up incubator HENSOLDT Ventures.
We strive to become Europe’s leading, platform-independent provider of defence and security sensor solutions with global reach.
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HENSOLDT has German roots, a large presence in Europe, and a global footprint. We have sales offices in 19 key accessible defence markets globally. Our major production facilities in Germany are in Ulm, Oberkochen, and Pforzheim. We have a production site in Massy, France and Enfield, United Kingdom, as well as another two in Irene and Pretoria, South Africa.
HENSOLDT was originally 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 provider of platform independent sensor systems.
Our company’s know-how is based on the pioneering spirit of our renowned predecessor companies such as AEG, Aerospatiale-Matra, Carl Zeiss, Cassidian, Daimler, Dornier, EADS, Siemens, and Telefunken, as well as Airbus, 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 as well as the start-up PentaTec. Moreover, HENSOLDT acquired the French-based company Nexeya and IE Asia-Pacific. With Tellumat, HENSOLDT's most recent acquisition, we achieve a combination of both strategic goals, focusing on radar technology capabilities specifically in South Africa.
In our company, we bring together the innovative spirit of our predeccessor companies such as AEG, Aerospatiale-Matra, Carl Zeiss, Cassidian, Daimler, Dornier, EADS, Siemens, and Telefunken, as well as Airbus. In our company history of more than 150 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.
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.
A prism binocular, a scissors telescope and an optical rangefinder are invented and manufactured.
Moritz Hensoldt develops the world‘s first binoculars with roof prisms.
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 ground breaking for the German submarine forces.
Christian Hülsmeyer presents to the public the first radar-based system, the "Telemobiloskop" which can detect objects via the Doppler effect.
The first handheld stereoscopic is developed.
With the invention of antireflection coating by Alexander Smakula, the light transmission in binoculars and riflescopes can be increased to 80 per cent.
Telefunken develops the first air defence radar.
We become the leading pioneer in thermal imagers with long-range heat sensors and tracking devices (WPG DONAU).
Kelvin Hughes develops the first marine radar type 1.
The TELEGON 1, an innovative direction finder, is developed.
The ASR-3, a first generation ATC radar by AEG Telefunken, is demonstrated to the public at a fair in Berlin.
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.
The "Tiefflieger-Melde-Radar" MPDR is one of the first mobile puls-doppler radars for air surveillance.
We equip the electronic attack vehicle EK33 Hummel of the German Bundeswehr with an innovative jammer.
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.
We develop the first generation of the missile warning system MILDS which in newer generations is still in use with armed forces.
We start development of the TRS-3D/16 naval radar, which is still in use with nations today.
We equip the F-4 Phantom fighter aircraft with an airborne radar.
We start development of Hellas, the first obstacle warning system for Helicopters.
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.
The first generation of mission management suits for helicopters is developed by EUROAVIONICS.
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.
RecceLite, a reconnaissance pod for tactical aircraft, is being developed.
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.
Meteorological satellite METEOSAT uses optics from Oberkochen for earth observation.
Serial production of ATTICA, the third-generation thermal imager, starts. The G-Class is introduced as a system solution with a Multi sensor platform.
We realize the first optical data link (5.5 GBit/s) in space between two LEO satellites.
Development and production of a modular targeting system for the enhanced German Future Soldier project “Infanterist der Zukunft – Erweitertes System”.
First European Laser Altimeter (BELA) qualified for space.
HENSOLDT introduces Xpeller, its first counter drone system, which reliably detects even extremely small UAVs at a distance of several kilometres.
HENSOLDT presented its passive radar system TwInvis to the public for the first time in live operation during that year’s International Aerospace Exhibition (ILA) in Berlin.
HENSOLDT demonstrates the initial fitting and operating activities of its newly developed electro-optical vision system SETAS (See-through Armour System) with the British Army’s Armoured Trials and Development Unit (ATDU) in Bovington.
HENSOLDT and Diehl developed the demonstrator of a sensor system for avoiding collisions between aircraft. Such a sensor system consisting of a radar and a camera can reliably detect objects in the flight path of UAVs. The recognition of such situations is one of the essential requirements for deploying unmanned aerial vehicles in controlled airspace.