EADS Air Surveillance Systems enhance German Airspace Security - Multi-million Euro contracts
Friedrichshafen, 30 October 2002
EADS, Europe’s No 1 in aerospace and defence, will extend the military surveillance of German and neighbouring airspace with new air surveillance systems. As the company reported on Wednesday, it has received contracts from the Federal Office of Defence Technology and Procurement (BWB) for the delivery of two stationary GIADS systems (German Improved Air Defence System) as well as for the development of a mobile air surveillance system. The delivery and development is being carried out by the EADS Business Unit Systems & Defence Electronics. The total volume of the contracts, which will be carried out in co-operation with Thales Raytheon Systems, amounts to approx. 30 million Euros. The GIADS surveillance system analyses the information obtained from military surveillance radars with regard to aircraft and other objects and displays it on monitors. The military airspace situation is supplemented by including the civil air traffic control and therefore contributes to increased air safety in the German airspace. This requirement is of growing importance, particularly after the events of 11th September 2001 in America.
“The contract award by the Federal Procurement Office confirms the successful test phase of our system in the Control and Reporting Centre CRC Schönewalde near Berlin. GIADS has been operational there since July 2000. Our success in this promising High-Tech area forms an excellent basis for future intended procurements in Europe and Nato”, explained Dr. Stefan Zoller, President and CEO of EADS Systems & Defence Electronics.
GIADS identifies detected objects using the most advanced methods available and is therefore able to provide a continuously up-to-date airspace situation. One method used, for example, is the comparison of tracks with available flight plans. Deviations from the flight plan can be identified immediately and communicated to the operator via an alarm process. The operator can initiate the appropriate countermeasures in a short time. The system therefore enhances the early recognition of dangerous situations in the air space, such as terrorist attacks. In his analysis of the air situation picture, the operator receives support from the system with regard to identification of emergencies, detection of intrusions into the airspace and identification of dangerous objects in the air.
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 systems and UAV systems.
EADS is a leading aerospace and defence company with revenues amounting to 30.8 billion Euros, making it the second largest company in its field. With more than 100,000 employees it is amongst the market leaders in defence technology, civil aviation, helicopters, space technology, military transport and combat aircraft as well as in the associated services. The EADS group includes the civil aircraft manufacturer Airbus, the largest helicopter manufacturer in the world, Eurocopter, the space technology company Astrium and MBDA, the second largest guided missile company in the world.
Friedrichshafen, 30. October 2002/02902
Michael Hartwig, tel. +49 7545-8-9124, fax: -8-5888
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