Fraunhofer Institute of Optronics, System Technologies and Image Exploitation IOSB



The Fraunhofer Group for Defense and Security VVS was founded in 2002, chaired by Prof. Dr. Klaus Thoma. The total budget of the Fraunhofer Group amounts to approximately 430 million euros per annum, and more than 3700 employees work for the ten VVS institutes.


The group considers its main objectives as follows:

  1. Research and development of new technologies and solutions for the protection of people and the security of infrastructures
  2. Research for national defense


Being committed to the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and the German Federal Ministry of Defence (BMVg), the Fraunhofer VVS has come to assert itself as the driving force in the entire defense and security sector. Even on a European level, the Fraunhofer VVS represents one of the key players and facilitates intensive networking with promising collaborative research activities. Through excellent performance, the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft significantly contributes to the future strategic orientation of the European security- and defense-research program.


The Group's ten member institutes create intelligent and comprehensive solutions to better protect our society against man-made and natural hazards. 


The fields of application are assigned to defense research on the one hand and civil security research on the other.