EADS Defence & Security (DS) and Atlas Elektronik (AE) have consolidated their position in the maritime safety and security market by merging their subsidiaries Sofrelog, acquired by DS in 2006, and Atlas Maritime Security, a spin-off of AE. Named Sofrelog Atlas Maritime Security, this joint venture will take the form of a strong and flexible SME tailored to meet specific customer needs in this market.

The new company will rely on a total workforce of over 170 highly skilled maritime surveillance specialists in Germany and France, as well as on its large customer base, with more than 210 VTS and CSS systems in use in some 50 countries. It will have the required financial strength to deliver the large-scale security solutions required by governments and maritime users throughout the world.

SA Maritime Security will address markets worldwide with innovative, reliable and cost-effective products ranging from small-scale vessel traffic service systems to high-performance coastal surveillance solutions. The company will benefit from its capability to integrate the latest sensor systems, communications and data processing technologies. Significant investments in cutting-edge technologies and in developing markets for surveillance systems will ensure that the new company meets its customers’ high expectations.

"With this merger we are creating a leading company in the worldwide maritime security market, uniting Europe's experts in this field. Our strong position will enable us to win contracts and deliver large security systems as in the border security programs recently won by DS," declared Hervé Guillou, CEO of Defence and Communications Systems.

Dieter Rottsieper and Kai Horten, Managing Directors of Atlas Elektronik, added, "This is a crucial step towards strengthening our coastal surveillance and vessel traffic business and enhancing the capabilities of Atlas Maritime Security to tap the future opportunities of a growing worldwide market. Combining the skills and capabilities of both companies will enable customers to benefit from an improved quality of service and the united power of innovation and technologies."