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EADS Modernises Greek Air Defence Radars

Ulm, 01 October 2002

EADS will upgrade eleven air defence surveillance radars in Greece. As reported by EADS on Tuesday, its Business Unit Systems and Defence Electronics has received an order by the Hellenic Air Force to modernise 11 L-band radar systems according to the latest semiconductor technology. The contract is worth a total of approx. EUR 25 million.

Stefan Zoller, President and CEO of EADS Systems and Defence Electronics, said: "Within the scope of an offset contract, the Greek industry will be included in the project as a subcontractor. Thus, the power modules for new radar transmitters will be built in Greece. We are pleased that this breakthrough co-operation with our Operating Unit Naval and Ground Systems will become a reality.”

In 1979 and 1986, the air surveillance radars were supplied to Greece and have operated in an extremely successful and reliable manner ever since. Therefore, the Greek airforce decided upon a modernisation instead of new acquisitions. Among other things, the radars will be equipped with state-of-the-art semiconductor transmitters and a new signal generation in addition to receiver and evaluation systems. This guarantees a 15-year prolongation in the service life of the radar stations. Furthermore, the equipment may be operated more cost-effectively and with an increased interference resistance.

"This modernisation project will enable us once more to prove our competence and reliability in the field of ground- based radar systems. The possibility to upgrade older radar systems emphasises our capabilities", explained Bernhard Gerwert, Senior Vice President of EADS Naval & Ground Systems.

EADS Systems & Defence Electronics with a workforce of about 6,000 employees is one of the most important suppliers of defence electronics systems in Europe. It is delivering core electronic systems to major procurement programs such as the A400M transport aircraft, Eurofighter, the Tiger helicopter and the German K130 corvette, as well as command & control and UAV systems.

With revenues amounting to EUR 30.8 billion in 2001 and a workforce of over 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. Among others, EADS holds 80 percent of Airbus, currently 75 percent of the space company Astrium, 100 percent of the helicopter manufacturer Eurocopter, 43 percent in the Eurofighter programme and 37.5 percent in the missile company MBDA.

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