GROB, headquartered in Tussenhausen-Mattsies Germany, with its research, development, manufacturing and assembly facilities starts into a new future with the backing of H3 Aerospace as strategic partner. The new corporation operates under the name GROB AIRCRAFT AG, and is a 100% subsidiary of H3 Aerospace GmbH & Co KG.
GROB AIRCRAFT is one of the world's largest and most experienced composite aircraft manufacturers since 1971. Within its 38 years of history Grob delivered more than 3,500 aircraft that have flown over seven million hours on five continents. Its product range evolved from pioneering gliders of the 70s, the record-breaking high altitude aircraft of the 80s and 90s, and to today's leading edge designed and state-of-the-art business jets, as well as to training and special mission aircraft.
At its inception, GROB successfully produced 200 CIRRUS gliders under license and then soon after developed and manufactured its own ASTIR glider series in both a single seat and dual seat configuration. Already early showing its pioneering spirit, the company also introduced the TWIN III SL self-launching glider.
In the 80s, the GROB received German an American (FAA) type certification for the G 109, the world's first genuine series production composite motor glider. Taking its expertise in composite technology to a new level in the late 80´s, GROB showed its maturity as an aircraft designer and manufacturer when the company developed, tested and manufactured the G 520Egrett / Strato 1 high-altitude aircraft, gaining five world records. The Strato 2C pushed the limits even further. It was designed for altitudes as high as 78,800 feet (24 000 meters) and an endurance of 48 hours.