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Eurodrone: Airbus places major order with Kappa optronics
Wednesday, 15 June 2022

Kappa optronics is part of the European MALE RPAS program, the Eurodrone. The vision experts convinced in the rigorous selection process at Airbus Defence and Space, which leads the European industrial consortium. The launch nations France, Italy, Spain, and Germany, represented by their joint armament organisation, OCCAR, want to develop the Eurodrone entirely with European technology.

In the field of aerospace cameras and vision systems, Kappa is one of the leading international suppliers. With development teams in Germany and Spain, the company brings state-of-the-art multispectral sensor technology to 24/7 aerospace applications such as UAV piloting or aerial refueling. The Eurodrone is the second major aerospace program for which Kappa has been contracted by Airbus. A close partnership links the companies, and Kappa is a strategic supplier. For more than 15 years, Kappa has supplied a cutting-edge vision system for the world's leading aerial refueling system in the Airbus A330 MRTT transport and tanker aircraft. For its outstanding performance, Airbus recognized Kappa as the most innovative supplier in 2019 with the "Best Innovator Overall award “.

An impetus for Kappa, Overhues says: "In the last two years, we have positioned our aerospace division even more strongly and invested heavily. This includes, for example, the establishment of our new subsidiary in Madrid and a massive expansion of our international development team. Among other things, we were able to recruit 12 new specialist engineers in the aviation sector. We have also systematically expanded our technology portfolio, for example in infrared technology." With dedicated process assurance and modern agile working methods, the company is equipped and qualified for the most demanding projects.

Airbus obviously sees it that way, too. "For us, Kappa has always been a very reliable and technologically leading supplier with whom we enjoy working closely. Due to the investments made, Kappa has been able to compete with other suppliers once again in this important, European program," says José-Maria Hernandez-Garcia, responsible purchaser of Airbus Defence and Space. Colleague Miguel Ángel Escudero García, Airbus Defence and Space programme coordinator, adds, "The experience from the MRTT program was a good baseline, but our supplier qualification and selection procedures are very strict for any new program. The Kappa team had to prove their competence in detail to get into this program. They convinced us!"

Contact details from our directory:
Kappa optronics GmbH Cameras (Airborne), Aircraft Security Equipment, Enhanced Vision Systems (EVS), External & Taxi Aid Camera System (ETACS, Imaging Systems, Multi-Spectral Imaging Systems, Night Vision Equipment, Thermal Imaging Equipment
Airbus Defence & Space Manching Airframer
Related aircraft programs:
Airbus Eurodrone
Related directory sectors:
Imaging and Visual Systems