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The traditional German brand Hensoldt stands for state-of-the-art telescopic sights and optical periscopes. Hensoldt AG became part of Carl Zeiss in 1928 and was merged with Cassidian in 2012. Within Cassidian Optronics, Hensoldt continues to stand for quality in sights and optics.
Moritz Hensoldt, born in 1821, is the founder of the Hensoldt line. In 1852, he established a small optical company in Sonneberg, Thuringia, which relocated to Wetzlar, Hesse, in 1865. Since then Hensoldt has been a vital part of the centre of optics and precision mechanics in Wetzlar.
Hensoldt AG, known for its innovative targeting optics for rifles, was acquired by the Carl Zeiss Foundation in 1928. The company kept its focus on optical and optronic devices including riflescopes, spotting scopes and binoculars. In 2006, the Zeiss Group divided the Hensoldt AG into a line for civil applications, Carl Zeiss Sports Optics and a line for military applications, Hensoldt Systemtechnik. Later the military line was renamed Carl Zeiss Optronics Wetzlar as a part of the Carl Zeiss Optronics in Oberkochen, Baden-Württemberg.
An example is the Hensoldt ZF 3.5-26x56 telescopic sight which, as a result of its simultaneously high optical quality and compactness, has convinced experts worldwide. Another main advantage of Hensoldt is the modular approach. The compactness of all sights and optics allows the shooter to use night-vision attachments without having to make additional adjustments, rendering the need to re-zero-in weapons for night-time operations superfluous.
With around 800 employees at its sites in Oberkochen and Wetzlar, Germany, and in Irene, South Africa, Cassidian Optronics GmbH develops and manufactures optic and optronic products for use in military systems on land, at sea and in the air, as well as for border and security technologies and civil high-tech and space systems. As a leader in the global defence and security technology market, Cassidian Optronics combines the optic and optronic high-precision technologies of Carl Zeiss with Airbus Defence and Space's own know-how.
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