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EADS: New Reconnaissance Evaluation System for the German Armed Forces

Friedrichshafen, 04 December 2002

EADS will develop and install the new common evaluation system of the armed services (Gemeinsames Auswertesystem der Bundeswehr - GAST) together with T-Systems, the systems company of Deutsche Telekom, and Thales System Integration. EADS is represented in this consortium (ARGE GAST) by its subsidiaries Dornier GmbH/Friedrichshafen and ewation GmbH/Ulm.

As reported by the company on wednesday the contract with an overall volume of 82 million euros has been awarded to the consortium by the Federal Office of Defence Technology and Procurement (BWB). The new evaluation system will enable the German armed forces to carry out a uniform technical reconnaissance for Army, Air Force and Navy within a common system.

The EADS project parts, such as system engineering, order management, IT security and technical systems will be carried out by the EADS Business Unit Systems & Defence Electronics. "Currently, GAST is one of the largest IT projects of the German armed forces. We are able to incorporate our know-how into this project using state-of-the-art Internet technology. We can thus ensure our technological lead position", said Stefan Zoller, President and CEO of the EADS Systems & Defence Electronics.

The information necessary for planning and exertion of arme forces missions can be obtained - among other things - by means of sensors capable of detecting electronic, optical and acoustic signals. The obtained information is treated in the evaluation centres of the armed services and transmitted to the Intelligence Office. At present, the in-service evaluation systems operate at different levels and with different software systems. For that reason, the common evaluation system is to be developed and put into operation in three development steps by the end of 2007.

EADS Systems & Defence Electronics with a workforce of 6,000 employees is one of the leading suppliers of defence electronics in Europe. S&DE delivers key electronic systems for major procurement programmes such as the A400M transport aircraft, Eurofighter, the Tiger helicopter and the German K130 corvette, as well as command and control systems and UAV systems. With revenues of 30.8 billion euros, EADS - a leading aerospace and defence company - is the second largest company worldwide. EADS has a workforce of more than 100,000 employees and is one of the market leaders in defence technology, civil aviation, helicopters, space technology, military transport and combat aircraft, as well as related services. EADS holds stakes in the civil aircraft manufacturer Airbus, in the world's largest helicopter producer Eurocopter, in the space company Astrium and in MBDA, the world's second largest missile producer.

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For further information:

Business Unit Systems & Defence Electronics
Michael Hartwig, Tel:+49(0)7545 8-9124, Fax -8-5888

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