announced Monday (3 January) that it has completed the acquisition of a 25 percent stake in German sensor maker HENSOLDT from Square Lux Holding II S.à r.l., a portfolio company controlled by funds advised by Kohlberg Kravis & Roberts & Co.. HENSOLDT produces sensors for defence and security applications, with an expanding portfolio in sensors, data management and robotics. The deal was worth €606 million. 

This transaction is a step forward in helping to achieve Leonardo’s strategic objective of acquiring a leadership position in the European Defence Electronics market, as defined by the “Be Tomorrow – Leonardo 2030” Plan, and reflects Leonardo’s determination to play an active role in the consolidation process underway, also in the light of future cooperation programmes in continental Europe. 

This investment will allow Leonardo to establish a long-term strategic presence in the fast-growing German defence market and to strengthen the long-standing partnership between the two companies through the definition of cooperation initiatives for the development of joint opportunities able to satisfy the most advanced requirements of domestic and international customers in the Air, Land and Naval domains, leveraging on a strong complementarity between the two companies in terms of geography, product portfolio, end markets, customers and suppliers. 

With this transaction, Leonardo, thanks to its consolidated industrial presence in Italy, United Kingdom, USA and Poland, inaugurates a new strategic partnership with a leading industrial player in the Aerospace, Defence and Security sector in Germany, which will contribute to the sustainable growth of the respective industries at national level, while also guaranteeing strategic autonomy on key technologies with a view to making a concrete contribution to the competitiveness of the European industrial base.

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