Carl Zeiss to sell defense optics to EADS


Cassidian, the defense unit of aerospace group EADS is in talks to buy the defense business of German unlisted optical technology group Carl Zeiss AG, said an EADS spokesman.

The Munich-based spokesman for EADS declined to comment further on the talks.

Carl Zeiss Optronics’ products include night vision binoculars, military laser pointers and satellite optics. Financial Times Deutschland put the unit’s sales at around 160 million euros ($200 million).

Carl Zeiss AG is owned by a foundation and holds a majority stake in Carl Zeiss Meditech.