August 28, 2016 10:56 PM ET

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: 46
Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice President
Chief Executive Officer of Airbus DS Electronics and Border Security GmbH
Head of The A400m Programme
Age: 59
Executive Vice President of Military Aircraft
Age: 60
Compensation as of Fiscal Year 2016.

Airbus Defence and Space GmbH Key Developments

CGS SpA Compagnia Generale per lo Spazio and Airbus Defence and Space GmbH Sign Contract for the Realization of MicroWave Imager (MWI) Instrument

CGS SpA Compagnia Generale per lo Spazio, a subsidiary of the listed technology group OHB SE and Airbus Defence and Space GmbH have signed the contract for the realization of the MicroWave Imager (MWI) instrument for the MetOp Second Generation (SG) weather satellites. As a result, the overall value of the MWI contract is EUR 166 million. The contract follows a successful preliminary design activity, the selection of all subcontractors and the price conversion to firm fixed for the realization phase. The MicroWave Imager is a sophisticated instrument that will be installed on board the Satellite B series and will allow to provide Europe's National Meteorological Services and by extension, the international users and Science Community with unprecedented and high-value data for meteorological and climate monitoring. CGS is responsible for the design and the development of the MWI instrument, from Phase B2 to the final in-orbit verification of three flight models, to be supplied to Airbus DS GmbH. The MetOp-SG satellites will constitute the space segment of the EUMETSAT Polar System Second Generation (EPS-SG) programme that consists of two series of satellites, the so-called "Satellite A" and "Satellite B" fleet, with a nominal baseline of three units each. MetOp-SG satellites are developed as a cooperative undertaking between the European Space Agency (ESA) and the European Organisation for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites (EUMETSAT).

Airbus Defence and Space Receives Three Contracts from UK Ministry of Defence to Provide Three Additional Military Aircraft with Its Cryptographic Key Management Technology

Airbus Defence and Space has won three contracts from UK Ministry of Defence, or MoD, to provide three additional military aircraft with its cryptographic key management technology. These follow previous contract wins for both the Eurofighter Typhoon and the Airbus A400M. The Local Key Management System (LKMS) technology will be supplied to the UK F-35 Lightning II fifth generation fighter aircraft programme, the UK Voyager Programme which provides the Royal Air Force (RAF) with an air-to-air refuelling capability and the UK C-130J Hercules which provides the RAF with Tactical Air Transport (TacAT). The UK MoD has taken delivery of four of the F-35B variant, the short take off/vertical landing design planned for use with the Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers. An additional four F-35B aircraft are scheduled to be delivered this year as part of a programme to equip the RN and RAF with the aircraft. There are currently 14 Voyager Aircraft in service with the RAF and 25 C-130J Hercules. Developed by Airbus's team of cryptography experts at its facility in Newport, South Wales, the LKMS technology receives, translates and packages cryptographic keys so that they can be loaded using a single fill gun into the End Crypto Units (ECUs) on the aircraft before every mission. This enables quicker turn-around times and re-profiling for new missions, thus improving the overall efficiency and effectiveness of airborne operations. The LKMS provides increased flexibility and permits prolonged out-of-area operation through the ability to store and distribute multiple cryptographic keys. It also provides the high protection for encrypted data - preventing data compromise that could threaten the safety and security of an aircraft mission. The three separate contracts will see Airbus Defence and Space design, develop, manufacture, accredit and deliver the LKMS technology, based on modifications to the current system in use with Typhoon and A400M.

Airbus Defence and Space and the European Space Agency Launch External Commercial Payload Platform for the International Space Station

Airbus Defence and Space and the European Space Agency have agreed to start a joint pilot project phase to prepare the operation and utilization of a new external payload platform on the European International Space Station (ISS) laboratory Columbus. The Bartolomeo platform is envisioned to be embedded into an end-to-end service designed to provide fast, cost-efficient and reliable access to the ISS for private and institutional users on commercial terms. The Bartolomeo all-in-one payload mission service is aimed at customers from areas including Earth observation, technology demonstrators, astro- and heliophysics, material science and new space flight applications.

Recent Private Companies Transactions

August 1, 2016
March 18, 2016
Airbus Group SE, Defence Electronics Business

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