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Hensoldt is developing sensor equipment that can be integrated with a pod to give the recently commissioned Eurodrone a signals intelligence (SIGINT) capability, Hensoldt writes in a press release. The sensor technology for reconnaissance of radio and radar signals is based on a combination of the technologies in digitisation, electronic beam steering and metallic 3D printing, some of which Hensoldt has already developed in the scope of its Kalaetron product family. According to the company, the contract for the implementation and testing of a SIGINT demonstrator worth approximately EUR 15 million has been awarded by the Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support (BAAINBw).

Under the terms of the contract, Hensoldt is also tasked with the development of a system architecture for integrating the SIGINT capability with the future mission system of the Eurodrone as part of this contract.

The Kalaetron product family is already being used as part of self-protection and signals intelligence systems of the German armed forces.