Sensor specialist HENSOLDT expands capacity
Sensor solution provider HENSOLDT is expanding its capacity to cater for the growth in its business. HENSOLDT is investing approximately 30 million euros at its Ulm site and creating an additional 300 jobs for highly skilled staff throughout the entire group this year, having taken on 250 new recruits in 2020. This investment is linked to strong order growth relating to the development of a new radar for the Eurofighter combat aircraft and other projects.
“In its three years of existence, HENSOLDT has strengthened its position in the global sensor solutions market,” affirmed HENSOLDT CEO Thomas Müller. “We operate in the high-tech sensor technology arena – a growing segment characterised by very long-term planning.”
The company is investing in the construction of a radio frequency technology development centre at the Ulm site, among other things. In addition to electronic components for the new Eurofighter radar, AI-based sensors for a wide range of applications will also be developed there.
Last year, the German parliament approved a budget of approximately 1.5 billion euros for the development of a new Eurofighter radar by a development consortium led by HENSOLDT. Other business units of the group are also showing strong growth, such as ground and naval radars, electronic warfare and avionics systems, and optronics equipment. For instance, HENSOLDT is working on future-oriented projects such as the German/French/Spanish Future Combat Air System (FCAS) and a UAV collision warning system. Recently, in 2020, HENSOLDT already hired 250 new employees, expanded its cleanroom production at its Oberkochen site by 300 m² and converted its radar production in Ulm to series production.