HENSOLDT certified as civil design organisation

Receiving Part 21.J operating licence for aeronautical development organisations.

Certificate of approval for Part 21J aeronautical development organisations presented (from left): Elmar Stoll and Andreas Schlapp (HENSOLDT), Juan Anton-Bernalte (EASA), Klaus Mandt (HENSOLDT), Ariane Nerowski (LufABw) and Francesco Caridei (EASA).

HENSOLDT has been operating for many years as a civil aeronautical design organisation under a Part 21.O EASA operating authorisation. Within the scope of this approval, products such as the civil LTR-400 transponder were developed and successfully brought to certification.

Now, HENSOLDT has demonstrated the functionality of the HENSOLDT Management System (HMS) with a demo project to the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and received the Part 21.J operating licence for aeronautical development organisations. With this, HENSOLDT is now evolving from the equipment level to an operation that can integrate complete solutions at the aeronautical level.

To achieve this, it was necessary to supplement the HMS and dedicated manuals with the legal requirements for Part 21.J airborne operations. These new processes were then applied in a demo project sponsored by the Airborne & Space Radar Business Unit. During the audit, the authorities were able to convince themselves of the stable and structured development processes of our company. The focus is on ensuring that the inevitable errors that occur in any complex project are caught by the safety barriers in an integrated and fault-tolerant development process before they lead to consequences. The audit was under the auspices of EASA and was accompanied by both the German Federal Armed Forces Aviation Office and the German Federal Aviation Authority. Furthermore, the management personnel of the HENSOLDT aviation operation and some selected type examination engineers/compliance verification engineers in Cologne had to convince the EASA experts during interviews that they had the necessary technical and also personal suitability for their respective tasks.

"The Part 21.J operating licence is an important step on the way to becoming a system house, in which we see ourselves in the role of general contractor in the future and are now on an equal footing with other aircraft equipment suppliers," says Peter Rützel, Head of Airborne & Space Radar Products and Technology.


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HENSOLDT is a leading defence company with a global reach. HENSOLDT develops innovative and customer-specific solutions in the fields of radar, electronic warfare, avionics, and optronics. As a technology leader, we expand our portfolio continuously to combat a wide range of threats. With more than 6,400 employees, HENSOLDT generated revenues of 1.5 billion euros in 2021. HENSOLDT is listed on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange.

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