Following the closing of the transaction between Airbus Group SE and KKR, a new European defence company headquartered in Germany, HENSOLDT, has been launched.

The new company employs 4,000 staff, about 3,400 in Germany and 600 in South Africa. The main industrial sites are Taufkirchen, Ulm, Friedrichshafen, Oberkochen and Pretoria.

Among the land, air and space platforms equipped by HENSOLDT are the F-16, Eurofighter, Gripen and Rafale combat aircraft, the Tandem-X and EDRS-A satellites, the A400M transport aircraft, helicopters, Puma and Leopard II armoured vehicles, the class 212 and 209 submarines, the US Navy “Freedom” class combat ship, the German Navy F125 frigate, as well as German soldier system “Infanterist der Zukunft”.

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