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Airbus Defence and Space completes majority stake of Space Engineering

• Airbus Defence and Space has now completed its majority stake acquisition in Space Engineering, the Italian specialist in telecommunications and radar technology
• This investment demonstrates Airbus Defence and Space’s commitment to developing its activities in Italy
• Through Space Engineering, Airbus Defence and Space will enhance its product offering to both the institutional and commercial markets through increased R&D investment

April, 3rd, 2012 – Airbus Defence and Space, Europe’s leading space company, has now completed the acquisition of 66.78% of Space Engineering after receiving the necessary regulatory approvals.

Space Engineering is a specialist in digital telecommunications, RF and antenna equipment engineering for both space and ground based applications. This acquisition of the Roma headquartered company will enhance Airbus Defence and Space’s capability to develop and manufacture sophisticated telecommunications hardware and associated applications for European and export markets. The purchase demonstrates the company’s commitment to the Italian space market.

Eric Béranger, CEO Airbus Defence and Space, said: “We are investing in Space Engineering to reinforce Airbus Defence and Space‘s expertise and capabilities in telecommunications and radar as well as to increase our Italian footprint. Knowing Italian technological expertise, we are proud to become the main shareholder of one of Italy’s most innovative engineering companies.”

With sites in Roma and southern Italy (near Potenza), Space Engineering and its main subsidiary, Teleinformatica e Sistemi, specialise in the development of telecommunications, navigation and remote sensing applications and engineering services for both the civilian and defence sectors. The 150 employee company also has extensive expertise in the modelling, design and development of ground based telecommunication hardware and antennas, along with facilities for the assembly, integration and testing of space equipment.

Becoming part of Airbus Defence and Space enables Space Engineering to make the next step forward in terms of development by giving it access to new markets. The company will benefit from the support of Airbus Defence and Space to develop its business, leveraging its innovative skills and reactivity to develop new space activities, in particular satellite services which is the fastest growing space sector.


About Airbus Defence and Space

Airbus Defence and Space is the number one company in Europe for space technologies and the third in the world. In 2011, Airbus Defence and Space had a turnover close to €5 billion and 18,000 employees worldwide, mainly in France, Germany, the United Kingdom, Spain and the Netherlands.

Airbus Defence and Space is the sole European company that covers the whole range of civil and defence space systems and services.

Its three business units are: Airbus Defence and Space for launchers and orbital infrastructure; Airbus Defence and Space for spacecraft and ground segment;  Airbus Defence and Space for comprehensive fixed and mobile end-to-end solutions covering secure and commercial satcoms and networks, high security and broadcast satellite communications equipment and systems, and bespoke geo-information services, worldwide.


Airbus Defence and Space is a wholly owned subsidiary of AIRBUS Group, a global leader in aerospace, defence and related services. In 2011, the Group – comprising Airbus, Airbus Defence and Space, Cassidian and Eurocopter – generated revenues of € 49.1 billion and employed a workforce of over 133,000.


Press contacts:

Jeremy Close (Airbus Defence and Space UK)                                                         Tel.: +44 (0)1 438 77 3872

Gregory Gavroy (Airbus Defence and Space FR)                                                      Tel.: +33 (0) 1 77 75 80 32

Ralph Heinrich (Airbus Defence and Space GER)                                                     Tel.: +49 (0) 89 607 33971

Francisco Lechón (Airbus Defence and Space SP)                                                   Tel.: +34 91 586 37 41