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Multi-million-euro order for Jenoptik's Defense and Civil Systems Division

(lifePR) (Jena, ) The Defense and Civil Systems division of the Jenoptik Group received an approximately 27-million-euro order for radomes in late December 2007 from BAE Systems of Great Britain.

Jenoptik is a preferred supplier of military aircraft radomes for international consortia and manufacturers, and is one of only three companies in Europe capable of the serial production of these sophisticated key components for military aircraft. The radomes are used in Eurofighter, Tornado, and Transall aircraft and in the NH90 helicopter.

This new order, valued at approximately 27 million euros, was placed within the framework of the Eurofighter production, and will thus extend the utilisation of the production line through 2016. In addition to Britain's Cobham Advanced Composites Ltd., Jenoptik's ESW GmbH subsidiary, based in Wedel near Hamburg, offers one of two production lines worldwide capable of the production and radar electric measurement of radomes for today's state-of-the-art fighter aircraft. ESW supplies both nose radomes for Eurofighter Typhoon and back-up generators for emergency operations of the fighter aircraft.

Radomes protect the sensitive instruments found within the front tip of airplanes. Military aircraft instruments are more sensitive than the weather radar used in civil airplanes. Materials used for radomes must therefore not only protect their contents from extreme contamination and withstand a very high level of air pressure, but must also allow radar waves to be sent and received due to their radar transparency. In addition to radomes for the Eurofighter, Jenoptik also produces weather radomes for aircrafts such as the NH90 transport helicopter, and provides services for AWACS rotodomes and for Tornado fighter aircraft.

The radomes are developed, manufactured, and maintained by ESW GmbH, a Jenoptik subsidiary, at its site in Wedel near Hamburg. Jenoptik received its last major order for the serial production of Eurofighter radomes in 2005. It will run through 2011 and is currently in the second phase of production.

Jenoptik combines laser sensor systems, optics, optoelectronics, mechanics, and electronics within complex components, systems, and facilities in the Defense and Civil Systems division. The division focuses on vehicle and aircraft equipment, drive and stabilization technology, optoelectronic instruments and systems for the security and space industries as well as software, metrology and control technologies, together with a comprehensive range of services. The division's laser and infrared sensors activities are concentrated in the development, production, and distribution of laser distance measurement systems and infrared camera systems for a wide range of applications. The division comprises ESW GmbH, Jena-Optronik GmbH, and the laser and infrared sensor business areas of JENOPTIK Laser, Optik, Systeme GmbH.


Jenoptik specializes in photonic and mechatronic technologies and is one of the market and technology leaders in selected areas. The international group concentrates on its core areas of expertise of lasers/optics, optoelectronics and mechatronics. The Group develops, manufactures and markets optical, optoelectronic and mechatronic system solutions and facilities as well as components and modules. Its worldwide customers include in particular companies in the global semiconductor and semiconductor manufacturing industry, the automotive and automotive supplier industry, medical technology, security and defense technology, the aerospace industry, technology companies as well as the public sector.

Jenoptik has around 3,300 employees and in 2006 generated sales of 485 million euros. The Group was created in 1991 out of JENOPTIK Carl Zeiss Jena GmbH. JENOPTIK AG and has been listed on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange since June 1998. The headquarters of the Jenoptik Group are located in Jena, with additional major sites in Germany in Wedel near Hamburg, Monheim and Ratingen near Düsseldorf, Villingen-Schwenningen, Triptis, Altenstadt (Bavaria) as well as Essen. Outside Germany Jenoptik is represented in nearly 70 countries and has production sites in France, Switzerland and the USA.