Airbus Defence and Space

Airbus Defence and Space to acquire Jena-Optronik GmbH

  • Airbus Defence and Space will strengthen its space optics competence


Ottobrunn, 4 October 2010Airbus Defence and Space, Europe’s leading space company, will acquire Jena-Optronik, a German specialist in space sensors and optical systems. Jena-Optronik is a leading company in the development of attitude sensors as well as space-based optics for a variety of different platforms, including Earth observation (EO) satellites, and the laser guidance system for the European International Space Station supply vessel, ATV. The acquisition of Jena-Optronik will complement Airbus Defence and Space’s optical expertise in Germany and enhance its reputation in the development and production of sophisticated Earth observation satellites.


Evert Dudok, CEO of Airbus Defence and Space said: “The acquisition of Jena-Optronik will ensure that Airbus Defence and Space continues to provide our institutional and commercial customers with a variety of high-quality optical systems and meet the growing demand for advanced EO satellites. The German government invests considerably in observation satellites and we are proud to further develop our industrial competences in this field.”


Once the necessary approvals are obtained from the relevant antitrust authorities, Jena-Optronik GmbH will be owned by Airbus Defence and Space GmbH, but will remain an independent German company with its individual brand, whilst benefitting from greater resources to support the company’s growth. Airbus Defence and Space will benefit from enhanced access to cutting-edge optical technology, enabling the company to remain at the forefront in developing sophisticated optical sensors and instruments.



About Airbus Defence and Space

Airbus Defence and Space, a wholly owned subsidiary of AIRBUS Group, is dedicated to providing civil and defence space systems and services. In 2009, Airbus Defence and Space had a turnover of €4.8 billion and more than 15,000 employees in France, Germany, the United Kingdom, Spain and the Netherlands. Its three main areas of activity are Airbus Defence and Space for launchers and orbital infrastructure, Airbus Defence and Space for spacecraft and ground segment and Airbus Defence and Space for the development and provision of secure and commercial satcoms and networks, high security satellite communications equipment, geo-information products and services, and navigation services.


AIRBUS Group is a global leader in aerospace, defence and related services. In 2009, the Group – comprising Airbus, Airbus Defence and Space, Cassidian and Eurocopter – generated revenues of € 42.8 billion and employed a workforce of more than 119,000.



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