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Aerospace and Defense

Company Overview of Airbus Defence and Space GmbH

Company Overview

Airbus Defence and Space GmbH designs, develops, and manufactures defence and space products for governments and institutions in Germany and internationally. It offers military aircraft; space systems; satellite communications, border security, secure land communications, geo-intelligence, and cyber security products; and command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance products. The company also provides electronic components and products that include radars and identification friend-or-foe systems, optronics, electronic warfare systems and sensors, space platform electronics, and space payload electronics; and situational awareness systems, on-boa...

Willy-Messerschmitt-Straße 1

Ottobrunn,  85521



49 89 607 0


49 89 607 26481

Key Executives for Airbus Defence and Space GmbH

Chief Executive Officer
Age: 48
Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice President
Chief Executive Officer of Airbus DS Electronics and Border Security GmbH
Head of The A400m Programme
Age: 60
Executive Vice President of Military Aircraft
Age: 61
Compensation as of Fiscal Year 2017.

Airbus Defence and Space GmbH Key Developments

Airbus Defence and Space Signs New Contract for C295 Transport Aircraft in Kazakhstan

Kazakhstan has announced that it will acquire two more Airbus C295 transport aircraft following the signature of a new contract with Airbus Defence and Space. The agreement, which includes a spares and support package, covers the final two aircraft included in a memorandum of understanding signed in 2012. Both aircraft will be delivered in the second half of this year and will take the Kazakhstan Air Defence Forces' C295 fleet to eight and total C295 sales to 186, including 12 in the CIS.

Airbus Defence and Space Announces Executive Changes

As part of its reorganisation following the division's strategy update, Airbus Defence and Space has appointed Jana Rosenmann, Grazia Vittadini, Bernhard Brenner and Peter Weckesser as new Executive Committee members. The new organisation focusses on four programme lines: Military Aircraft, Space Systems, CIS (Communications, Intelligence and Security) and Unmanned Aerial Systems. The latter was added as a result of the strategy update and is led by Jana Rosenmann. The Division is putting an increased focus on Engineering, for which Grazia Vittadini has been appointed. With a strong background in chief engineering activities at Airbus, she will oversee all R&D, R&T and CTO activities in the Division. Before her current position, she was Head of Corporate Audit & Forensic, responsible for Airbus' global audit activities. Bernhard Brenner was appointed new Head of Marketing and Sales. Previously serving as Head of Airbus Defence and Space Intelligence cluster, he brings a lot of customer related and international experience to his new role. To strengthen the division's digitalisation efforts, Peter Weckesser will serve as Digital Transformation Officer (DTO). Weckesser joins Airbus from Siemens where he helped build the company's 4.0 strategy and amassed experience in the field of industrial digitalisation. His appointment will be effective 1 April 2017.

Airbus Defence and Space Signs Contract with DLR to Develop and Build All Components of MERLIN Mission

Airbus Defence and Space signed a contract with Space Administration at the German Aerospace Center, or DLR, to develop and build all components of the German contribution to the German-French Earth observation mission, MERLIN. The German Aerospace Center and the French space agency Centre National d'Etudes Spatiales (CNES) are jointly developing this challenging mission on behalf of the French and German governments. As the industrial prime contractor on the German side, Airbus in Ottobrunn, near Munich, was commissioned by DLR to develop the payload and the payload ground segment. As the industrial prime contractor for CNES, Airbus in Toulouse is responsible for the overall system, the satellite platform and integration of the instrument.

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