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EO/IR Special Report: Hensoldt expands Asia footprint

20th February 2018 - 12:30 GMT | by Angus Batey in London

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When Airbus Group took the decision to concentrate on its core aviation-related business lines, a number of divisions were cut free to fend for themselves. 

One part of the European giant that is finding its feet as an independent entity is the sensor division, now majority-owned by American investment company KKR, and rebranded Hensoldt.

Hensoldt's optronics offerings include everything from night-vision sights used by the German Army to submarine periscopes and EO sensors carried on the Saab Gripen and Dassaut Rafael. 

The company claims a heritage stretching back to the 19th century, with Zeiss and the former Hensoldt AG both having been folded into the group during various acquisitions and mergers.

The rebranded entity's Asia-Pacific division took its bow at the Singapore Airshow, after the newly appointed regional sales director, Nathan Manzi, too up his post on 1 February. 

Manzi said he was looking forward to growing the business in a part of the world where the company already has strong roots, via collaborative and in-country-manufacture arrangements in South Korea, India and elsewhere: and where, of course, there is no shortage of extant and emerging requirements.

'There's a number of optronics opportunities in airborne surveillance,' Manzi said, 'and in systems that integrate a number of sensors and support the improvement in reconnaissance outcomes for multiple platforms. 

'And one of the hot topics is counter-UAV systems, whether it be for public facilities or airfields.'

   

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