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Industry Nationwide Security, Security of Deployed Forces, Major Event Security, Secure Communications, Cyber Security, Through-Life Services
Founded 2000
Headquarters Unterschleissheim, Germany
Area served Worldwide
Key people Bernhard Gerwert(CEO)
Revenue 5.8 billion (2011)
Owner(s) European Aeronautic Defence and Space Company (EADS)
Employees 28,000 (2011)

Cassidian is the defence and security division of the EADS group and a major provider of global security solutions, lead system integration and aerial, land, naval and joint systems. It is the second largest division of EADS. Until 17 September 2010 it was known as EADS Defence & Security. In 2011, Cassidian – with around 28,000 employees – achieved revenues of € 5.8 billion.[1] Cassidian's headquarters is located in Unterschleissheim, Germany and has several offices located across Europe, USA, India, Mexico and the Middle East.

Cassidian focuses on global security and systems, lead system integration, platforms and value added products and services to civilian and military customers around the world. Its portfolio includes land, naval and joint systems, air systems (aircraft and unmanned aerial systems), intelligence and surveillance, secure communications, cyber security[2] as well as test systems, missiles, services and support solutions. Cassidian's slogan is Defending World Security and its mission is to support the people whose mission is to protect the world.[3]

On 31 July 2013, EADS announced a change of name to the Airbus Group in 2014. Cassidian will be merged with Astrium, the space division of EADS, and Airbus Military, segregated from Airbus, to form Airbus Defence & Space.[4]

From business divisions to central core: Cassidian[edit]

Logo of Cassidian (EADS Defence & Security) used until September 2010.

Cassidian no longer has different divisions. In its first start, Cassidian had three business units: Cassidian Systems, Cassidian Electronics, and Cassidian Air Systems. These divisions were inherited from the formerly known as EADS Defence and Communication Systems, EADS Defence Electronics and EADS Military Air Systems respectively. In addition, EADS' shares of MBDA (37.5% shareholding) and Eurofighter GmbH (46% shareholding) are also vested in Cassidian.


The new name Cassidian was adopted because according to its former CEO Dr. Stefan Zoller the defence and security division needed a strong branding to focus on changing customer and business needs. The move is also a part of EADS' efforts to strengthen the brand identity of its divisions as EADS celebrated ten years of success since its creation in 2000. Cassidian is a portmanteau word combining the Latin words cassida (helmet) and meridian (imaginary line running north and south). According to the company's communications head, it symbolises worldwide protection and security, thus reflecting the Cassidian claim — Defending World Security.[5]


Unmanned Air Systems[edit]

Link to Wikipedia EADS ATLANTE (Spanish)


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