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EADS and Thales started Series Delivery of First German-French Aircraft Next Generation Identification Transponders

Munich/Colombes, 19 June 2002

The first aircraft identification systems (IFF transponders) ordered by France and Germany have been delivered to the Federal Office of Defence Technology and Procurement (BWB under management of the NGIFFSO) and the French DGA. The contract for the production of IFF transponder on-board systems (worth EUR 100 million) had been awarded to the German-French joint venture European Identification Systems (EISYS) GmbH/Munich-Unterschleißheim in September 2000. EADS Deutschland GmbH and Thales each hold a fifty per cent stake in this new company.

The German-French programme was launched on account of a requirement of European Air Traffic Control. In accordance with that requirement, both nations are to equip their aircraft with a new generation of identification systems. The acquisition contract is carried out under the management of the BWB. The German version of the advanced IFF transponder (STR 2000) will be installed in the Tornados of the German Air Force as well as in Tiger helicopters and transport aircraft. The French version (TSC 2000) will be used for various French helicopters transport aircraft with first installation on Tiger and Cougar Resco.

The IFF transponders will link military aircraft to the modern Mode S (Mode Sélectif) identification procedures of civil aviation. Since 2001, Mode S has been mandatory for new aircraft, and as of 2003 it will also be binding for in-service aircraft. In an evermore congested European airspace, it enables the air traffic control centres to interrogate aircraft selectively, which will significantly improve air traffic safety records.

Additionally, the new transponders are provided with an interface for collision warning. In modern air traffic, automatic collision avoidance systems (ACAS) are used to prevent critical situations in the airspace and the collision of aircraft. Furthermore, the transponders are already prepared for an upgrade to Mode 5. This new military mode allows the encrypted interrogation of military aircraft with a significantly increased information content, as well as enhanced EMC resistance and security.

With revenues amounting to EUR 30.8 billion in 2001 and more than 100,000 employees, EADS European Aeronautic Defence and Space Company is the largest European aerospace and defence company and Number 2 world-wide. It is involved in the sectors of civil aviation, helicopters, space technology, military transport and combat aircraft as well as defence technology and services. Among others, EADS holds an 80 per cent stake in Airbus, 75 per cent in the space company Astrium, 100 per cent in the helicopter manufacturer Eurocopter, 43 per cent in the Eurofighter programme and 37.5 per cent in the missile producer MBDA.

Thales is the market leader in Europe and Number one world-wide in the field of industrial electronics. If offers a complete range of products, systems and services for the three diversified markets, i.e. defence, aviation, information technology & ADP services. With 65,000 employees world-wide, Thales' revenues amounted to EUR 10.3 billion in 2001, approximately 75 per cent of which were generated outside France.

Munich/Colombes, June 19, 2002 /01602

For further information:

Business Unit Systems & Defence Electronics
Michael Hartwig, tel. ++7545-8-9124, Fax: -8-5888
E-Mail: michael.hartwig@dornier.eads.net

Thales Communications
Elsa Delacroix, Tel. 0033-1-41303582, Fax: -4186
E-Mail: elsa.delacroix@fr.thalesgroup.com



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