HENSOLDT Acquires Kelvin Hughes
Kelvin Hughes has been acquired by HENSOLDT (formerly Airbus
Defense Electronics) as a result of an agreement by its owners
ECI Partners to sell its investment in the company.
"Following the buyout from Smiths Group, ECI has been a
consistent and supportive partner as we have consolidated our
position as a global leader in surveillance and security radar
solutions," said Kelvin Hughes CEO, Russell Gould.
Completion of the transaction remains subject to regulatory
HENSOLDT, an independent sensor house, is a provider of radar and
IFF systems on airborne, naval and land platforms. It comprises
the security and defense electronics activities of the Airbus
Group, which were spun off in 2017 and have now entered the
market as a new sensor house under the brand name of HENSOLDT.
Its flagship product, the TRS series represents a new generation
of radar systems for naval and land platforms and offers a
detection capability without equal together with AESA technology.
Thomas Müller, CEO of HENSOLDT said, "Kelvin Hughes is highly
successful in the marine and security markets, while HENSOLDT has
a strong position in the higher-end military and surveillance
radar domains. Our portfolios and market access are highly
complementary and we will see significant growth from this
transaction. The Kelvin Hughes product portfolio will allow us to
enter more price-sensitive markets and their security solutions
will add value to the HENSOLDT products and bring us one step
closer towards our strategic objective to develop our Sensor
House into a Sensor Solutions provider."
Core radar sensor, security and navigation products provided by
Kelvin Hughes include the SharpEye advanced solid state Doppler
radar sensor, which is sold into a diverse range of markets and
applications from naval and commercial maritime navigation, port
Vessel Traffic Services (VTS) and coastal surveillance to ground
surveillance, border, perimeter and marine security applications.