Officials submit that Airbus is restructuring its operations in the U.S. to advance its position in space and intelligence markets. The chief executive and leader of the Board of Airbus U.S. Space & Defense, Christopher Emerson, reiterates that they will be establishing a new program known as Airbus U.S. Space & Defense to deal with the military, spy information, and NASA markets. Initially, Emerson served as the president of Airbus Helicopters.
In a virtual interview with reporters, Emerson reveals that the new business unit, which is part of the Special Security Agreement with the U.S. government, puts it at a competitive position for the secretive national security and defense deals.
The Special Security Agreement demands Airbus’ U.S. business to operate as an independent body from the interference of the parent company’s leadership in France.
The Airbus U.S. Space & Defense business unit will have its central location in Arlington, Virginia. This project’s incumbent board of directors and advisors are retired U.S. government and senior military officials.
Emerson explains the financial turmoil due to the coronavirus pandemic on the Airbus commercial business. The restructuring of the firm’s U.S. business focuses on realigning the Airbus’ commercially designed technology to the national market. The prime markets for this business unit are satellites, military aircraft, and geospatial intelligence.
Some of the new appointments in this project are Didier Cormary as the head of Airbus U.S. Connected Intelligence, Debra Faktor as the chief of Airbus U.S. Space, and Jose Antonio de la Fuente as the lead for the Airbus U.S. Military Aircraft.
Airbus and OneWeb jointly agreed to form OneWeb Satellites for the construction of numerous satellites for the OneWeb constellation in 2016.
Emerson explains that the current OneWeb regulations on bankruptcy and the sale of OneWeb to the U.K. government are unable to alter Airbus’s plan for the manufacturing of satellites to proceed at the company’s production center in Florida. He expounds that the Florida facility is the road towards the expansion of the unit in the U.S.
Emerson extrapolates that the plant will resume the manufacturing of satellites for OneWeb under the new management. Airbus is also targeting new customers for its low-priced commercial satellites.
Emerson further highlights that they are motivating their technical team to redesign the OneWeb satellite bus for use by diverse customers in the U.S. Their firm, Airbus, is spreading the supply chain through the American soil. This move is so that the intelligence agencies, the U.S. Defense Department, and NASA can purchase its satellites.
Finally, Airbus U.S. Space Facktor outlines that the company is witnessing a surge in need for the low-Earth orbit satellites in the U.S. government. She explains that they are investing in the factory in Florida to capture this market.