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Selex ES

Selex ES S.p.A.
Selex ES Ltd
Type Subsidiary of Finmeccanica SpA
Traded as BIT: FNC
Industry Defence, Electronics, Aerospace, Security/Information Security, Smart system
Predecessors SELEX Galileo, SELEX Elsag, SELEX Sistemi Integrati
Founded 2013
Headquarters Basildon, UK, Rome, Italy
Key people Allan Cook (Chairman)
Fabrizio Giulianini (CEO)
Products Air Traffic Control, Automated Systems, Avionics and Mission Systems, Automation Systems, Electronic Warfare Systems, Cameras, Cyber Security, Electro-Optics, ICT and Networking, Information Assurance, IR Detectors, land and Batterfiels System, Lasers, Naval and Air Defence Systems, Radars and Advanced Targeting, Security, Seekers, Sensors, Simulators, Smart Systems, Traffic Management Systems, Unmanned Aerial Systems, Sensors and Scientific Payloads for Space and Support Services
Revenue € 3,5 billion[1]
Employees 17,000[1]
Parent Finmeccanica S.p.A.

Selex ES is an international electronics and information technology business, which is part of Smart Systems.


  • History 1
    • Predecessor companies 1.1
    • Merger of SELEX companies 1.2
    • Recent news 1.3
  • Organisation 2
  • Related products 3
  • Locations and activities 4
  • International Presence & Subsidiaries 5
  • Corporate social responsibility 6
  • See also 7
  • References 8
  • External links 9


Predecessor companies

In July 2003 Finmeccanica and BAE Systems signed a joint venture agreement [3] with the intention merging their avionics, C4ISR and communications businesses to create three joint venture partnerships under the name Eurosystems. The difficulties of integrating the companies in this way however led to a re-evaluation of the proposal. BAE's 2004 Annual Report states that "recognising the complexity of the earlier proposed ... transaction with Finmeccanica we have moved to a simpler model."[4]

This revised agreement was signed on January 27, 2005. Finmeccanica and BAE announced the intention to dissolve their partnership in the Alenia Marconi Systems (AMS) joint venture with AMS' UK and Italian operations to be taken over by the respective partners.

On May 3, 2005, the Eurosystems Transaction was finalised with:

  • the whole of the avionics business of Finmeccanica and the majority of BAE Systems Avionics being brought together to form the new SELEX Sensors and Airborne Systems (SELEX S&AS) joint venture held by shares of 75% and 25% respectively, with the option for Finmeccanica to later purchase the remaining 25%.
  • the UK operation of AMS (minus air traffic control and communication systems) being brought together with the C4ISR division of BAE Systems (minus communication systems) to form the new Integrated System Technologies division of BAE Systems, named BAE Systems Insyte.
  • the Italian operations of AMS being brought together with several other AMS companies to form SELEX Sistemi Integrati.
  • the communications systems portions of AMS and BAE Systems being sold to Selenia Communications, a division of Finmeccanica. Selenia was subsequently renamed SELEX Communications.

BAE Systems sold its 25% share of SELEX S&AS to Finmeccanica for €400 million in March 2007.[5]

From January 2008, SELEX S&AS Limited and its Italian counterpart Galileo Avionica S.p.A. began to operate under a common brand name, SELEX Galileo. In January 2010, the operating companies’ legal names were aligned to the brand, becoming SELEX Galileo Ltd and SELEX Galileo S.p.A. respectively. SELEX Sensors and Airborne Systems (US) Inc. became SELEX Galileo Inc.[6]

In 2009 SELEX Sistemi Integrati purchased Vega Group PLC, forming in the UK SELEX Systems Integration Ltd and Vega Consulting Services Ltd.

In 2011 SELEX Communications merged with Elsag Datamat, combining the expertise and heritage of two of the world's most technologically-advanced companies to establish SELEX Elsag.

Merger of SELEX companies

On 1 January 2013, SELEX Galileo became Selex ES when it merged with its sister companies SELEX Sistemi Integrati and SELEX Elsag.[7] The combined business had a global workforce of approximately 17,000, and total revenues in excess of €3.5 billion. Alongside its core domestic operations in Italy and the UK, the company has an established industrial and commercial footprint in the United States, Germany, Turkey, Romania, Brazil, Saudi Arabia and India.

Recent news

In 2012 it was reported a previous Selex company had provided TETRA trunked radio network hardware to the Assad regime, and amid sanctions continued to expand the company's contract with the regime during the context of the Syrian Civil War.[8]

In August 2013, Selex ES provided an unarmed surveillance drone to the United Nations to be deployed in the Democratic Republic of Congo to monitor movements of armed groups in the region and to protect the civilian population more effectively.[9]


The company is now focused into three international divisions:[10]

  • The Air and Space Systems division includes all airborne capabilities, technologies and products ranging from UAS and integrated mission systems to radar, electronic warfare equipment, avionics, simulation systems, target drones and space sensors, payloads and equipment.
  • The Land and Naval Systems division comprises capabilities in the land and naval domains from the design of complex system architectures to tactical integrated systems, naval combat management systems, land and naval radar and situational awareness sensors and military communications infrastructures.
  • The Security and Smart Systems division covers network infrastructure and systems architecture capabilities for homeland protection and the complex urban environment as well as air and vessel traffic management.

Related products

Locations and activities

SELEX is a major supplier of avionics for the Eurofighter Typhoon.

The Company employs 17,000 personnel with operations in the United Kingdom, Italy and throughout the world.

UK sites include:

Italian sites include:

  • Rome - Legal and Corporate Affairs, Marketing and Commercial and External Relations
  • Nerviano - Avionics, Radar and Space technology
  • Caselle (Torino) - Avionics, Mission & Surveillance Systems and Safety Critical Systems
  • Ronchi dei Legionari - UAVs and Flight Training Simulators
  • Firenze - Electro-Optic systems, equipment & sensors and NAVAL IRST; Future Soldier’s equipment; Surface, Airborne & Space, Ship Radars (LPI & PAR); Space Equipment & Sensors, Radar Systems and Sonics.
  • Pomezia - Airborne Electro-Optical Systems and Cockpit Information Systems
  • Carsoli (L’Aquila) - Optical Coatings
  • Palermo - Microwave Components and Solid State Sub-systems.

International Presence & Subsidiaries

  • Larimart – Italy
  • Selex Service Management – Italy
  • Sirio Panel – Italy
  • Sistemi Software Integrati – Italy
  • Selex ES Marine – UK
  • Selex ES Yacht Technologies – UK
  • Selex ES Australia
  • Selex ES Do Brazil
  • Tactical Technologies Inc - Canada
  • SELEX ES GmbH – Germany
  • Vega Deutschland GmbH – Germany
  • Selex ES India
  • ELETTRA Communications - Romania
  • Selex ES Elektronik - Turkey
  • SELEX ES Inc – USA
  • Lasertel - USA
  • Sirio Panel - USA

Corporate social responsibility

The company has a policy of sustainability and social responsibility and is involved in local charitable, educational and environmental initiatives across its global footprint.

The company's IGNITE in India programme is part of the wider International Graduate Network Integrated Through Experience. The programme allows graduates to develop entrepreneurial skills and transfer good business practice in developing countries. The programme's emphasis is on socially sustainable initiatives.

Selex ES ‘A. Tiezzi’ Museum of Science - Situated close to company’s Campi Bisenzio site near Florence the museum takes visitors on a journey through the story of Italian radar, to the latest electronic devices. It features space technology, avionics equipment, meters and didactic instruments all of which demonstrate the value of over 100 years of continuous research dedicated to science and technology.

The Company has also opened the Museo del Radar in recognition of the part radar manufacturing enterprises has played our industrial age. The Radar Museum, the first created by a company in Naples).

In the UK Selex ES sponsors the Combined Services Disabled Ski Team (CSDST) ( , which enables members to pursue the sport and help rehabilitate those who have suffered a serious injury. It is hoped that some CSDST members may represent Great Britain in the 2018 Winter Paralympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea. To date, the company has raised over £80,000 for CSDST through several fundraising activities.

See also


  1. ^ a b "Selex ES Company Profile". 
  2. ^ "Selex ES CEO Fabrizio Giulianini presents top level business structure". Selex ES. 12 November 2012. Retrieved 3 April 2013. 
  3. ^ "BAE ties up £2.6bn Italian deal". BBC News. 2003-07-03. 
  4. ^ BAE Systems 2004 Annual Report
  5. ^ Parmalee, Patricia J. (2007-04-09). "Selex Sale Sealed". Aviation Week & Space Technology (The McGraw-Hill Companies). 
  6. ^ About Us: Company History
  7. ^ Finmeccanica's new Selex business takes shape
  8. ^ Gallagher, Sean (July 5, 2012). "Wikileaks: Italian firm sold Syria secure radios as crackdown raged". Ars Technica. Retrieved October 15, 2014. 
  9. ^ Michelle Nichols (1 August 2013). "Italian firm to provide surveillance drone for U.N. in Congo". Reuters. 
  10. ^ Selex ES Corporate profile
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External links

  • Official website
  • Selex ES Inc. website
  • Selex ES GmbH website
  • Selex Galileo Inc. website
  • Finmeccanica website
  • ELETTRA Communications website
  • Lasertel website
  • Selex ES Marine website
  • Selex ES Yacht Technologies website
  • Selex Service Management website
  • Sirio Panel website
  • Sistemi Software Integrati S.p.A website
  • Tactical Technologies Inc. website
  • Vega Deutschland GmbH website
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