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.
HENSOLDT is a pioneer of technology and innovation in the field of 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 non-defence applications. HENSOLDT develops new products to combat a wide range of threats based on innovative approaches to data management, robotics and cyber security.
With approximately 5,500 employees, HENSOLDT generated revenues of 1.14 billion euros in 2019.
Over the past two years, HENSOLDT has become a leading European defence and security electronics company. Learn more about HENSOLDT on our website dedicated to our annual report 2019!
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
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.
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 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.
CEO of HENSOLDT
Chief Financial Officer
Head of HR
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.
Head of Radar/ IFF and Datalink
Head of Spectrum Dominance & Airborne Solutions
Head of Optronics
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.
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.
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.
Sabine K. Hipp
Head of Sales & Marketing
Chief Operating Officer
Solms U. Wittig
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.
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.
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.
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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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.
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.
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.
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.