Airbus Defence and Space

Airbus Military, Astrium and Cassidian are in formation to merge as Airbus Defence and Space. This broad range of products turns the new Division into a top-10 world player in defence and space.

As one of the three divisions of the Airbus Group, Airbus Defence and Space is Europe’s No.1 defence and space company. Worldwide, it ranks second for space and is among the top ten defence companies, with revenues of approximately €14 billion per year.

“Together we will build a world-class company for defence and space, of which we can be truly proud,” says Bernhard Gerwert, CEO, Airbus Defence and Space.

Composed of four business lines – Military Aircraft, Space Systems, Communication, Intelligence & Security (CIS) and Electronics – Airbus Defence and Space brings together a wide portfolio to continue to meet the complex needs of its customers, contribute to nations’ defence and security, and secure Europe’s sovereign and independent access to space.

Military Aircraft

Military Aircraft Systems combines capabilities for design, development, delivery and support of military aircraft to form the leading fixed-wing military aircraft company in Europe. With the technology portfolio of the former Cassidian and the export and development experience of the former Airbus Military, the new business line has a broad, global customer base and is well placed to play a leading role in the markets for future unmanned aerial systems (UAS) as well as combat, transport and ISR (Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance) aircraft.

Among others, the new business line offers the following products:

  • Eurofighter
  • A400M
  • A330 MRTT
  • Light and medium transport and mission aircraft
  • Mission systems and full fleet support solutions
  • Unmanned aerial systems
  • Air Services and Maintenance, Repair & Overhaul
  • Training and Through Life Support

Space Systems

With its unique expertise, Space Systems will be the global No. 1 for commercial launchers and the European leader for satellites and orbital systems. The business line will serve institutional customers like ESA, national civil and defence agencies, and commercial customers.

Space Systems’ portfolio will contain

  • Launchers (Commercial and military, including the French strategic oceanic force)
  • Orbital Systems
  • ENS* satellites [*Earth Observation, Navigation and Science]
  • Telecom satellites
  • Propulsion systems and space equipment

Communication, Intelligence & Security

Communication, Intelligence & Security is the new “one-stop-shop” of the growing, but increasingly competitive market for satellite and terrestrial communication systems, intelligence and security solutions. The portfolio offers innovative, modular, commercially sustainable solutions to best serve a customer base which includes governments, defence institutions, security and public safety agencies, critical infrastructure, energy, oil and gas organisations, international transport industries, and commercial customers.

The Communication, Intelligence & Security business line offers a wide variety of products, systems and services including:

  • Secure mobile radio systems
  • Satellite communication
  • Border security
  • C4ISR
  • Defence systems
  • Cyber security
  • Geo information


Electronics’ success is based on the technical excellence of its people and its products. Combining the capabilities of its predecessor entities, the Business Line Electronics provides high-performance equipment for system integrators serving both Airbus Defence and Space within the Airbus Group as well as external customers worldwide. Typically, customers are systems integrators and platform manufacturers.

Electronics has the widest product range of all four business lines.
The products for civil, defence and security markets on the ground, at sea and for airborne and space applications include:

  • Radars and IFF systems
  • Electronic warfare sensors and systems
  • Avionics
  • Space platform electronics
  • Space payload electronics
  • Optronics