Hensoldt has proved it has a remarkable standing in the international arena following its notable appearance at the Defence Services and Equipment International (DSEi) exhibition, in London, which takes place every two years and is the largest European fair for the platform equipment for all the branches of the armed forces.
A large number of delegations from governments and armed forces, including Great Britain, Bahrain and Canada, gathered information on the new company and the range of sensor technologies of every kind during the trade fair. Conversations with representatives from system and platform producers as well as potential partner companies showed just how well Hensoldt, with its brand name and excellent product range, has positioned itself in the market.
“System companies and platform producers are becoming more and more important for us as customers,” said Hensoldt CEO Thomas Müller. “My conversations with them, as well as with partner companies and competitors, clearly show that we are unquestionably accepted as a key player in the premium electronics market,” he said, summarising his impressions.
Moreover, the acquisition of the British radar specialist Kelvin Hughes has also drawn industry’s attention to Hensoldt, a fact that was reflected in the extraordinarily large amount of interest shown by the media in a joint press conference involving Celia Pelaz, Hensoldt board member and head of Strategic Business Development; and Russell Gould, CEO of Kelvin Hughes.
At Hensoldt’s 112m² stand, the company showed, for the first time, parts of its latest Mode-5-capable IFF systems, which Hensoldt – together with the company Leonardo – will supply to the British Ministry of Defence as part of an order worth 230 million euros. The exhibition programme also included the ASR airport surveillance radar, the world’s leading protection system for tanks MUSS and the XPeller counter-UAV system.
In addition to this, Hensoldt showed its electro-optical targeting system, EOTS II, with a selection of different daylight zoom cameras and even a shortwave infrared camera. The driver’s vision device SPECTUS II comprises a low light level camera, offering a night image quality which is very close to that of an image intensifier. The multi-sensor system Argos-II HD A1 for airborne intelligence, the airborne observation system LEO-III and the world’s most modern pilot assistance system for helicopters, Sferion, also met with lively interest.
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