Airbus Defence and Space

Airbus Defence and Space is the division of Airbus SE responsible for the development and manufacturing of the corporation's defence and space products, while also providing related services. The division was formed in January 2014 during the corporate restructuring of European Aeronautic Defence and Space (EADS), and comprises the former Airbus Military, Astrium, and Cassidian divisions.[5] It is the world's second-largest space company after Boeing and one of the top ten defence companies in the world.[6]

Airbus Defence and Space
TypeOperating division
PredecessorAirbus Military
FoundedJanuary 2014
Number of locations
35 countries
Area served
Key people
Michael Schoellhorn (CEO)[1]
ProductsEarth observation, navigation and communication satellites, Interplanetary probes, Military aircraft, Satellite launch vehicles
ServicesCyber security, Military intelligence, One Atlas
Revenue €10.8 billion[2] (FY 2017)
 (FY 2017)
 (FY 2017)
Total assets €111.13 billion[3] (FY 2016)
Number of employees
SubsidiariesCRISA, Spot Image, Tesat-Spacecom, and Jena-Optronik

Airbus Defence and Space has its corporate headquarters in Taufkirchen, Germany[7] and is led by chief executive officer Michael Schoellhorn.[1] The company has four core arms:

  • Military Aircraft, managed from Spain and led by Alberto Gutiérrez
  • Space Systems, managed from France and led by Jean-Marc Nasr
  • Communication-Intelligence-Security, managed from Germany and led by Evert Dudok
  • Unmanned Aerial Systems, also managed from Germany and led by Jana Rosenmann.

With its presence in 35 countries, the company employed 40,000 people from 86 nationalities as of 2014[8] and contributed to 21% of Airbus revenues as of 2016.[9]

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