Sensor options supplier HENSOLDT is creating sensor gear that may be built-in right into a pod to offer the not too long ago commissioned Eurodrone a indicators intelligence (SIGINT) functionality. The sensor know-how for reconnaissance of radio and radar indicators is predicated on a mixture of the most recent applied sciences in digitisation, digital beam steering and metallic 3D printing, a few of which HENSOLDT has already developed in its “Kalaetron” product household. The contract for the implementation and testing of a SIGINT demonstrator value roughly 15 million euros has now been awarded by the Federal Workplace of Bundeswehr Gear, Info Know-how and In-Service Assist (BAAINBw).

The “Kalaetron” product household is already being utilized in self-protection and indicators intelligence techniques by the German Armed Forces, amongst others. By itself initiative, HENSOLDT has already demonstrated its communications reconnaissance capabilities (C-ESM) in floor and flight exams. The core parts of the system are a completely digitalised, broadband receiver, an electronically controllable antenna and a condensed construction of the digital parts that was solely made attainable by metallic 3D printing. Together, these parts enable the SIGINT gear to be included right into a compact pod system that may be simply built-in into flying platforms, but in addition scaled for sea and land purposes.


The European Medium Altitude Lengthy Endurance Remotely Piloted Plane System (MALE RPAS), or Eurodrone, is a twin-turboprop MALE UAV underneath improvement by Airbus, Dassault Aviation and Leonardo for Germany, France, Italy and Spain, with a primary flight anticipated by mid-2027. (Picture by Airbus)

“From our expertise with different SIGINT initiatives and our personal know-how programmes, we’re ready to supply a versatile SIGINT answer for the Eurodrone that may be built-in right into a pod, however may also be used networked with different platforms,” says Christoph Ruffner, Head of the Spectrum Dominance & Airborne Options Division at HENSOLDT. Along with the sensor suite itself, HENSOLDT can also be creating a system structure for integrating the SIGINT functionality into the long run mission system of the Eurodrone as a part of this contract.

Hensoldt AG (HENSOLDT) is a multinational company headquartered in Germany which focuses on sensor applied sciences for defense and surveillance missions within the defence, safety and aerospace sectors. The corporate originated from the electronics enterprise unit of the defence division of the Airbus Group. On the finish of February 2017, Airbus bought this enterprise unit to the US monetary investor KKR for 1.1 billion euros. Since December 2020, Federal Republic of Germany holds a minimal share, which is managed by the Federal Ministry of Defence (BMVg). Hensoldt’s principal workplace is in Taufkirchen close to Munich, Germany. On 25 September 2020, HENSOLDT AG was listed within the Prime Customary of the Frankfurt Inventory Change at a problem worth of 12.00 euros.

HENSOLDT Develops Signals Intelligence (SIGINT) Pod Demonstrator for Eurodrone
HENSOLDT has already efficiently examined a communications intelligence demonstrator on board a GFD GmbH Learjet check plane. (Picture by GFD GmbH)