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Between 2026 and 2028, the Bundeswehr will receive three systems for signal-recording airborne long-range surveillance and reconnaissance (SLWÜA). Under the project name PEGASUS (Persistent German Airborne Surveillance Systems), the Federal Office for Equipment, Information Technology and Use of the German Armed Forces (BAAINBw) commissioned Hensoldt Sensors as general contractor to supply the systems consisting of three main components: mission system for signal acquisition, carrier platform based on the global business aircraft 6000 from the Canadian manufacturer Bombardier and the ground segment with evaluation system, reference system and training system.

The core of PEGASUS is the modular and powerful Kalaetron reconnaissance system, which Hensoldt developed on the basis of the flight-tested ISIS (Integrated SIGINT System). (ESuT has reported). "PEGASUS thus forms the basis for future skills development in the field of self-protection and electronic combat," said Celia Pelaz, Head of Strategy at Hensoldt and Head of the Spectrum Dominance and Airborne Solutions division.

Lufthansa Technik is responsible for the procurement of the three Bombardier "Global 6000" aircraft and their modifications (cabin conversion, reconnaissance technology equipment). In total, almost 30 companies, including many medium-sized companies, from all over Germany are involved as suppliers and partners.

The Federal Office for Equipment, Information Technology and Use points out that the project secures and promotes the maintenance of competence for national key technologies in accordance with the strategy paper of the federal government to strengthen the security and defense industry. With Pegasus, the skill gap in signal detection that has existed for eleven years will now be closed.

Aufklärungssystem PEGASUS kommt ab 2026

The procurement of PEGASUS was one of the 27 projects that passed the Bundestag committees on June 23, 2021.

Gerhard Heiming