Sensor systems supplier Hensoldt has welcomed today’s decision by the German Bundestag to release funds for the development of the new Active Electronic Scanning Array (AESA) radar for the entire German Eurofighter fleet as a positive signal for Germany as a technology base and for successful European cooperation in the defence sector. With the release of the budget for the development, production and integration of a new radar for the Eurofighter combat aircraft – HENSOLDT’s share is over €1.5bn, clearing the way for the modernisation of the Eurofighter in one crucial area, sensor technology. Compared to the development of the radar to date in a consortium under British leadership, radar system responsibility will now pass into the hands of Hensoldt.
The company, which is based in Taufkirchen, Bavaria, employs 2,000 people at its radar centre in Ulm and was already involved in the development and production of the Eurofighter sensor technology currently in use. Now, an increase of 400 highly qualified jobs is expected over the duration of the programme in the Eurofighter radar department alone, with the company working closely with the main contractor Airbus and the Spanish defence electronics group Indra.