The Defense business unit conducts research in the following fields: imaging with optronic systems, real-time image and signal analysis, and architectures for information and simulation systems. We provide the German Federal Ministry of Defence, its subordinate offices and agencies, and the defense industry as a whole with expertise in analysis and evaluation of defense-related projects as well as concrete technology projects and contract research and development. Our prime objective is to ensure rapid transfer of the latest research so as to enhance the capabilities of the armed forces and protect soldiers. In order to realize the greatest possible synergies, our work is embedded, wherever possible, within the research for civil security and other applications that is performed at our other business units. We also maintain strong ties to various bodies, institutions and organizations within the E8, NATO and the scientific community.