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EADS: Spanish defence electronics company Indra joins Electronic Warfare Alliance MRCM

Ulm, 26 June 2002

EADS is strengthening its defence business by co-operating with the Spanish high tech company Indra, Madrid, in the framework of the electronic warfare alliance MRCM. As EADS announced on Wednesday, Indra becomes part of the alliance MRCM (Monitoring, Reconnaissance, Counter Measures), in which the EADS electronic warfare subsidiary ewation GmbH, Ulm, participates. Through this new partnership, MRCM reaches a leading role in the field of naval and ground based electronic warfare.

The MRCM alliance was founded in 2000 by ewation GmbH, Germany (a 100% subsidiary of EADS) and Grintek ewation, South Africa. With its new partner Indra, the alliance is continuing its strategy of internationalising the defence business through world-wide strategic cooperations. The MRCM alliance is based on the concept of a voluntary partnership; i.e. each member retains its own identity. Furthermore, the alliance is a cooperation, which is focussed solely on the electronic warfare market. Currently, the following companies are part of MRCM: Herley, USA (joined in 2001), a major supplier of power amplifiers for jamming equipment, together with Sysdel, South Africa (joined in 2000), a specialist in electronic intelligence (ELINT) applications.

MRCM serves to link marketing and development activities as well as to undertake joint contracts. This enables a more economical research and development of high-tech, comprehensive system solutions, which are necessary both for security and crisis prevention.

As the new partner, Indra will contribute technologies in the field of radar electronic warfare products. In addition to the MRCM main markets in Asia and Europe, the inclusion of Indra opens up an additional market to the Spanish speaking coun-tries such as Latin America.

With revenues amounting to EUR 30.8 billion in 2001 and more than 100,000 employees, EADS is the largest European aerospace and Defence Company and Number 2 worldwide. 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.

Ulm, 26 June 2002

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