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Jenoptik receives contract for series production from US Navy

The Jenoptik Defense & Civil Systems division supplies generator controllers for helicopters of the US Navy.

The series production contract for Jenoptik amounts to a volume of about 3.3 million US dollars and will run for two years. It is based on a development order from 2010. The generator controller will be used in the entire fleet of transport helicopters type CH-53E from fall 2015 and will control the power supply aboard the helicopter. Jenoptik will produce these controllers at its Wedel and Essen sites in Germany and will deliver them to the US Naval Supply Systems Command, a logistics division of the US Navy.

“This series production contract is an important step for the internationalization of our Defense & Civil Systems division. It provides lasting confirmation that our innovative solutions also attract attention in the US military market”, says Jenoptik President & CEO Michael Mertin. With a view to its internationalization, the Jenoptik Group focuses primarily on the growth regions of Americas and Asia/Pacific.

The helicopter CH-53 version -E has been used by the US Armed Forces since 1981 and will probably remain in service until at least 2025.

An important milestone preceding the current series production contract was the inclusion of the generator controller in the US Department of Defense program “Foreign Comparative Testing”. In this program, the US Armed Forces test technologies and products which exhibit a high degree of technological maturity and are used by allied nations. From an exchange of experience with the German Federal Armed Forces, the attention of the US Navy was drawn to the reliability of the generator controller from Jenoptik. As a result thereof the controller was included in the “Foreign Comparative Testing” program in 2009. The solution provided by Jenoptik has increased the reliability of this helicopter component.

About Jenoptik and the Defense & Civil Systems division

As an integrated photonics group, Jenoptik operates in the five divisions Lasers & Material Processing, Optical Systems, Industrial Metrology, Traffic Solutions and Defense & Civil Systems.

The Defense & Civil Systems division develops, produces and distributes mechatronic and sensor systems for civil and military applications. The portfolio ranges from individual assemblies, which customers then integrate into their systems, through to complete systems and end products. The division’s areas of competence are energy systems, optical sensor systems, stabilization systems, aviation subsystems as well as radomes & composites. Top-quality customer service ensures that the products are supported over their useful lives, which generally extend over many years.

The mechatronic products are used in drive, stabilization and energy systems for military and civil vehicle, rail and aircraft equipment. The competencies also extend across the technical focus areas of software development, metrology and control systems. The sensor systems include infrared camera systems and laser rangefinders and are primarily used in automation technology, environmental metrology, security technology and military reconnaissance.


Point of Contact Petra Klaehn - Manager Communications and Marketing Defense and Civil Systems division

Petra Klähn

Communications and Marketing

+49 4103 60-4947

+49 4103 60-4501

Britta Maria Schell

Britta Maria Schell

Vice President Communications and Marketing

+49 3641 65-2255

+49 3641 65-2484

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