HENSOLDT South Africa
SAWUBONA SOUTH AFRICA
Rynier van der Watt, Managing Director HENSOLDT South Africa
Introduced in 2019, HENSOLDT South Africa is playing an increasingly important role in the company’s universe. Expanded competencies have led to new products and new markets to be conquered.
2020 was marked by the integration of the two formerly independent business units under one new brand umbrella. Now successfully transformed into a joint organisation with an overarching structure, the centralised key functions such as Finance, Human Resources, Legal & Compliance and Communications support the business. New business units are now being created within the legal entities, such as the Radar Business Unit that is being introduced. A joint development centre pools resources and expertise. New technologies are to be developed here for local and international HENSOLDT companies and customers. Today, and together as HENSOLDT SA, decades of experience and competence of GEW, HENSOLDT Optronics and the Radar Business Unit (previously Tellumat) contribute an important building block to the international growth of the company.
The foundation for this is the innovative products, which are well established in the market. As host of the “Sovereign Security Conference”, HENSOLDT SA presented its integrated security solutions in 2020 to a broad audience. Due to the pandemic situation, the conference was held purely virtually for the first time – also the first event of its kind in the South African industry. More than 300 decision makers, technology experts and business leaders from Africa informed themselves about the latest solutions in the areas of security, IT and defence. More recently, the company also presented a selection of its defence solutions at a capability demonstration day to key delegates from the industry.
New orders also generated additional sales. The South African Air Force and the helicopter fleet of the German Federal Police were equipped with the airborne ARGOS II surveillance system. The South African Communications Regulatory Authority ICASA received an automated spectrum management system from GEW, the authority's preferred supplier since 2000. And a new fleet of armoured personnel carriers equipped with HENSOLDT SA's “Force Protection Jammer” has been delivered to the African Armed Forces for peacekeeping missions. The company’s biggest contract of its kind is also being delivered for a nationwide spectrum management system in the Middle East, establishing HENSOLDT SA’s market leadership in this domain. Already in use today throughout Africa and in many countries of the world, the innovative products and solutions of HENSOLDT SA form a solid foundation for future business.
With the acquisition of Tellumat's Air Traffic Management (ATM) and Defence & Security divisions in 2020, HENSOLDT SA has laid the foundation for the establishment of its own radar business unit in South Africa.
With a history of more than 50 years, Tellumat is considered one of the leading manufacturers in this field in Africa. Long-term partnerships with customers and more than 100 employees in development, production and sales at the locations in Cape Town and Pretoria form a solid basis for its integration into the HENSOLDT Group. In a joint incubation project, the company now intends to further expand its leading position with innovative 3D land and marine radars.
HENSOLDT United Kingdom
RULER OF THE SEAS
Russel Gould, Managing Director HENSOLDT UK and Head of International Business Development
For centuries, Britain has been considered a proud seafaring nation. HENSOLDT UK continues this tradition with its maritime navigation and monitoring systems and is gradually expanding its portfolio to include land-based solutions.
2020 was a year of strategic investment. In Great Britain, HENSOLDT is already considered an established and strong market participant – also due to the acquisition of Kelvin Hughes. The foreseeable developments and the programmes already underway open up new opportunities. From a newly created management position, HENSOLDT UK is therefore specifically monitoring all current developments in the British defence market – also and especially with regard to the other products from the HENSOLDT universe.
In addition, a further focus was placed on international growth and the related sales force was strengthened. After all, the maritime world market offers a wide range of potential, which now needs to be exploited together with the HENSOLDT parent company. After all, the UK has already proved to be a springboard to the USA on several occasions in the past.
One option is the proven SharpEye technology, which due to its flexibility can be used for a wider range of applications from its naval roots – for coastal surveillance and in port traffic control centres, for border surveillance, but also for the protection of critical infrastructure and other security applications on land.
Together with the land and coastal surveillance radars of the HENSOLDT SPEXER series, which are particularly suitable for the detection of and protection against drones, a comprehensive security and surveillance portfolio is thus created for sensitive and protected areas such as warehouses, perimeters, infrastructures and borders. To this end, HENSOLDT 2020 has, for example, further developed the SPEXER 500 entry model into the SPEXER 600.
The success of the strategy was already reflected in the first new contracts in 2020, including the protection of wind farms in the US.
At the same time, HENSOLDT UK is intensifying its cooperation with the company's other locations. For example, British navigation radar was successfully integrated into the new Lyncea combat guidance system from NEXEYA in France and the MSSR2000 IFF Solution from Germany. The first units are scheduled for delivery to the French Navy in 2021, where they will enable tactical data links on six new deep-sea patrol vessels and – thanks to HENSOLDT UK – ensure enhanced situational awareness.