2010: Systems Engineering Challenges in KDA, Harald Ånnestad

Speaker:  Harald Ånnestad, KDA

Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace is Norway’s premier supplier of defence and aerospace-related systems. The portfolio includes advanced systems for command and control, weapons guidance and surveillance, communications, missiles and Space products. The advanced systems require world-class competence in a wide variety of subjects ranging from electronics, SW and mechanics to thermodynamics and aerodynamics. To get all the subject matter experts to work together, find the correct compromises and thereby produce world-class products which efficiently solves the customers requirements, requires the best available System Engineers. The requirements to the system engineers in Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace is high very and one of the most demanding positions in the company. Availability of skilled system engineers are the most limiting factor for expansion, both within Kongsberg’s existing product portfolio and for expansion into new areas.

The presentation will give some examples of systems made by Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace, some System Engineering challenges solved to realize our projects. The most important skills and the requirements posed to our System Engineers will also be covered.
President, Kongsberg Defence Systems

Harald Ånnestad is President of Kongsberg Defence Systems, a Business Unit within KONGSBERG GRUPPEN ASA (KONGSBERG).

KONGSBERG is listed on the Oslo Stock Exchange (OSE:KOG) and is a leading technology corporation specializing in defense, aerospace, maritime and offshore oil and gas technologies. The corporation operates world wide and has offices in more than 25 countries. KONGSBERG reported sales of 13.8 billion NOK in 2009 and has about 5400 employees world wide.

Kongsberg Defence Systems is Norway’s premier supplier of defence and aerospace-related systems. The portfolio comprises products and systems for command and control, weapons guidance and surveillance, communications solutions, missiles, Space products and services and advanced composites and engineering products for the aircraft and helicopter market.

Since joining KONGSBERG in 1986 working as a Project Engineer on Air Defence systems, Ånnestad has held various positions of increasing responsibility. In 1989 he was the lead Systems Engineer on the definition of the NASAMS system, and has later had several technical and managerial positions within Air Defence programs, before he was appointed Executive Vice President of Integradet Air Defence Systems Division.

Prior to this assignment, Ånnestad was Executive Vice President for the Missile Systems Division. In this role he was responsible for the Naval Strike Missile, Joint Strike Missile, Penguin, Space and Aero-structures programs.

Ånnestad graduated from the Norwegian University of Technology in Trondheim, Norway in 1984 and holds a Master of Science in Engineering Cybernetics.