SENER Aeroespacial bets on missile systems02/03/2021 (Spain)
SENER Aeroespacial, as part of its global strategy in the Defense sector, has set in motion an industrial initiative that is intended to consolidate the relevant capacities and assets that exist in Spain's Defense Industrial and Technological Base (BITD) in the field of missile systems and other high-performance guided munitions.
As the first step, SENER Aeroespacial has given the green light to the launch of a new company named SMS through which to consolidate the businesses, developments and areas of capacity that are present in its parent company in the missile systems segment. In fact, in this area SENER Aeroespacial has accumulated decades of experience, thanks to its involvement in national and international programs such as TAURUS, METEOR, IRIS-T, RBS-70, IRIS-T SL, and others.
In the words of Rafael Orbe, SENER Aeroespacial's Defense General Manager: "Missile Systems are an essential capacity development area for Defense, due to their implications for strategic autonomy and national sovereignty, but it's an area in which the many capabilities and technologies that are available in Spain are highly fragmented. This makes it difficult for industry to fulfill its objective of supporting the Ministry of Defense and the Armed Forces in their processes of procuring, maintaining and modernizing missile systems during their long life cycles." Rafael Orbe stresses that: "At SENER Aeroespacial, we are proud to be taking the first step forward on the industrial side to make available to National Defense the sum of all our capabilities and know-how."
Leading this Project Fernando Mato has joined SENER Aeroepacial, who notes that "SMS is born from day one with the vocation of adding capabilities and joining efforts, so we are already in talks with the other leading national companies in the sector for the expansion of SMS, through the incorporation of the relevant capabilities and assets of other partners, and thus consolidate a national industrial player, with its own capabilities, as a tractor in the missile systems sector."
With this initiative, in an adverse budget environment, SENER Aeroespacial thus reaffirms its commitment and industrial vocation, promoting national and international cooperation as the most efficient way of addressing the investments required in this critical sector, while seeking to advance Spanish industry in areas with a high technological component and added value.