German-based company ESG Elektroniksystem- und Logistik-GmbH and Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) have signed a cooperation agreement to provide the German Armed Forces a proven, agile and robust cross-platform Network Centric Warfare (NCW) solution to meet the challenges of the future. With “NEOS” – Network Enabled Operations Support – ESG and IAI enable joint all-domain operations including airborne, naval and ground platforms. NEOS is based on IAI´s combat-proven OPAL solution that has a long history of operational use in the Israel Defense Forces catering to real-time interoperability across a diverse range of combat platforms. Together, ESG and IAI will provide a developed cross-domain, cross-platform connectivity, combining the deep technological understanding and extensive experience of both companies. The NEOS solution will enable the German Armed Forces to achieve independence by integrating a variety of German systems and sensors, while introducing unique German-based operational capabilities.
Yosef Melamed, IAI’s Executive Vice President and General Manager of Aviation Group, added: “IAI’s OPAL system is an open architecture platform and a significant force multiplier for the challenges on the modern battlefield. OPAL has been in operation for many years, participating in every operational activity, and boasts a major contribution to success in that it enables completely adaptable communication and operational capabilities across aerial, naval and ground forces. The current cooperation with ESG will take this unique solution to a higher level of performance and flexibility that will benefit the customer and both companies.”
Christoph Otten, ESG’s CEO, underlined the strategic significance of the cooperation on NEOS: “For us, as the national technology and innovation partner of the Bundeswehr, it is part of our philosophy to develop and to provide solutions and products that meet the needs and expectations of those who protect us every day in any domain. We must enable them to fullfil their challenging task with robust, reliable and high-performing technology. Thus, we are very happy to cooperate with IAI on NEOS, bringing in especially our proven capabilities in the field of systems integration, software development and in-service support.”
ESG has been one of the leading German providers of design, integration in-service support and operation of complex, security-related electronic and IT systems for five decades. ESG provides products and services for German and international customers from government authorities, to the fields of defense and public security and industry. ESG is a certified aviation company for aircraft and aviation equipment for the Bundeswehr (German Federal Armed Forces) and an aviation engineering company in line with EASA Parts 21J/G and EASA Part 145. As a special systems company for mission avionics, simulation and training, as well as special deployment systems, ESG offers customized solutions. Independent process and technology consulting is one of ESG’s key competencies. Technology transfer between markets is what makes a significant contribution to our customers’ added value.