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EADS delivers advanced defence electronics to the US Armed Forces - Further success in the US market

Amsterdam/Munich, 02 July 2002

EADS has achieved another success in the US market, delivering advanced defence electronics to the US Armed Forces.

The California-based company VIASAT has contracted EADS to deliver core electronics to the US Armed Forces for their future data link system MIDS (Multifunctional Information Distribution System). The contract worth $13 m covers the delivery of power amplifiers for the MIDS terminals which will equip US combat aircraft as well as naval and ground based platforms. Part of the contract is also an option for the delivery of additional units worth $30 m.

“This success in the sensitive field of data transmission demonstrates our reliability and technological competence”, stressed Tom Enders, Member of the EADS Executive Committee and Head of the Defence & Civil Systems Division, “it also demostrates that transatlantic cooperation is not a one-way street”. “The build-up of the MIDS data link system within NATO”, Enders says, “will revolutionise defence structures on the way to netcentric warfare and information superiority. With its long-standing experience in high frequency technology, EADS will play a leading role in this development.”

MIDS is to be introduced also in Germany, France, Italy and Spain to build up a data distribution network for the exchange of surveillance and reconnaissance data from different sources and between units from different nations. Thus, MIDS enables the establishment of a comprehensive situation picture in near real time and improves the cooperation of multinational forces. EADS is participating in the European MIDS programs, which are handled by the EuroMIDS consortium and, in a first step, will equip the Eurofighter and Rafale combat aircraft. In the long term, MIDS terminals are planned for helicopters, ships and command posts in all partner countries.

EADS Airborne Systems is part of the Systems & Defence Electronics business unit, which offers the whole range of Un-manned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) and entire Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Systems. Furthermore, it supplies core avionics, radar and EW systems to the Eurofighter and the Tiger and NH90 helicopters as well as command & control systems, air defence systems and naval combat systems. With revenues amounting to EUR 30.8 billion and a workforce of more than 100,000, EADS is the largest European aerospace company and the No 2 worldwide. It is active in the sectors of commercial aircraft, helicopters, space, military transport and combat aircraft as well as defence technology and services.

Amsterdam/Munich, 2 July 2002

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