Selex ES

Coordinates: 55°58′10″N 3°14′04″W / 55.96944°N 3.23444°W / 55.96944; -3.23444

Selex ES S.p.A.
Selex ES Ltd
Subsidiary of Finmeccanica SpA, (today Leonardo-Finmeccanica)
Traded as BIT: FNC
Industry Airborne & Space Systems, Land & Naval Defence Electronics and Security & Information Systems
Predecessor SELEX Galileo, SELEX Elsag, SELEX Sistemi Integrati
Founded 2013
Defunct December 31, 2015 (merged into Finmeccanica S.p.A. today Leonardo - Finmeccanica)
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 Battlefield System, Lasers, Naval and Air Defence Systems, Radars and Advanced Targeting, Security, Seekers, Sensors, Simulators, Smart Systems, Vessel Traffic Management Systems, Unmanned Aerial Systems, Sensors and Scientific Payloads for Space and Support Services
Revenue € 3,5 billion[1]
Number of employees
16,000[1] (at 31 december 2015)
Parent Finmeccanica S.p.A. until 31 December 2015

Selex ES was a subsidiary of Finmeccanica S.p.A. (today Leonardo-Finmeccanica),[2] active in the electronics and information technology business, based in Italy and the UK, and formed in January 2013, following Finmeccanica's decision to combine its existing SELEX Galileo, SELEX Elsag and SELEX Sistemi Integrati businesses.[3] From 1 January 2016, the activities of Selex ES merged into Leonardo-Finmeccanica’s Electronics, Defence and Security Systems Sector.[4] In particular, Selex ES’s activities have been organised in three Divisions within the sector: Airborne & Space Systems, Land and Naval Defence Electronics and Security and Information Systems.


Predecessor companies

In July 2003 Finmeccanica and BAE Systems signed a joint venture agreement [5] 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."[6]

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:

BAE Systems sold its 25% share of SELEX S&AS to Finmeccanica for €400 million in March 2007.[7]

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.[8]

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.[9] 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.[10]

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.[11]

In 2015, they secured a cybersecurity contract with NATO.[12]

In 2016, it secured a contract with Angola that will see equipment, replacement components and any associated services be provided to the nation's upcoming centers for maritime surveillance.[13]


Till 31 December 2015, the company was focused into three international divisions:[14]

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

Locations and activities

At 31 December 2015, the Company employed 17,000 personnel with operations in the United Kingdom, Italy and throughout the world.

UK sites include:

Italian sites include:

International Presence & Subsidiaries

Corporate social responsibility

The company had a policy of sustainability and social responsibility and was 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 now managed by Finmeccanica, 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 had also opened the Museo del Radar in recognition of the part radar manufacturing enterprises has played our industrial age. The Radar Museum, now managed by Finmeccanica, the first created by a company in Europe, is founded on the principles of reclaiming, reorganising and keeping alive the history of radar manufacturing, which began in Italy over 60 years ago at the company’s Fusaro site (Naples).

In the UK Selex ES sponsored 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. 1 2 "Selex ES Company Profile".
  2. " English Latest News Finmeccanica meeting approves new name, 'Leonardo' Finmeccanica meeting approves new name, 'Leonardo'". Ansa News.
  3. "Selex ES CEO Fabrizio Giulianini presents top level business structure". Selex ES. 12 November 2012. Retrieved 3 April 2013.
  4. "Finmeccanica: Mauro Moretti launches "One Company"". Retrieved 2016-01-13.
  5. "BAE ties up £2.6bn Italian deal". BBC News. 2003-07-03.
  6. BAE Systems 2004 Annual Report
  7. Parmalee, Patricia J. (2007-04-09). "Selex Sale Sealed". Aviation Week & Space Technology. The McGraw-Hill Companies.
  8. About Us: Company History
  9. Finmeccanica's new Selex business takes shape
  10. Gallagher, Sean (July 5, 2012). "Wikileaks: Italian firm sold Syria secure radios as crackdown raged". Ars Technica. Retrieved October 15, 2014.
  11. Michelle Nichols (1 August 2013). "Italian firm to provide surveillance drone for U.N. in Congo". Reuters.
  12. Chuter, Andrew. "Selex ES Secures €19M NATO Cybersecurity Deal", Defense News, 15 September 2016.
  13. "Angola Selects Selex ES To Supply Radars, Communication Systems", DefenseWorld.Net, 8 January 2016. Accessed 2 February 2016.
  14. Selex ES Corporate profile
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