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EADS teams with GE for the definition phase of the Mako advanced trainer/light combat aircraft family

Munich/Evendale, 09 December 2002

A teaming agreement has been signed between EADS Military Aircraft, Munich, and GE Aircraft Engines, Evendale/Ohio, for the definition phase of the Mako family of advanced trainer and light combat aircraft. The cooperation between the two companies is targeted to work on the definition of the integration of a derivative of the GE fighter engine F414-GE-400.

EADS Military Aircraft and GE together will define the technical details of the Mako powerplant installation and the single-engine features for the F414. In addition to the hardware-orientated tasks, the team will elaborate all specifications and documentations necessary to prepare the launch of the development phase, which is planned for mid 2004. The 98 kN-class propulsion system for the Mako aircraft family is designated F414M (M for Mako) and will incorporate the single-engine features of the basic F414, which is in service with the U.S. Navy’s F/A-18E/F ‘Super Hornet’ since the year 2000.

“Due to the fact that the engine, based upon its successful predecessor F404, shows impressive performance data and comes closest to the Mako design criteria, we feel that we have made the right selection”, said Max Heyder, Mako Program Manager at EADS Military Aircraft. “In particular for the advanced trainer version of the Mako family, we foresee a significant reduction in life-cycle cost , as this aircraft will be flown with a derated engine.” “Another aspect within our down-select process was GE’s offer for participation of European engine manufacturers in the F414M program”, Heyder added.

Mako is one of the contenders for the future Advanced European Jet Pilot Training (AEJPT). The related feasibility study has been signed recently. The Mako Advanced Trainer is designed to ensure an optimum transition to newest-generation high-end combat aircraft. Thanks to its high-performance level together with its leading-edge cockpit design, the aircraft will open a new dimension of economic lead-in fighter training and companion training. The air forces will be offered an advanced trainer which is highly representative to their high-end fighters and thus will allow to down-load training tasks to an unprecedented extent.

EADS is a global aerospace and defense leader, and the world's second largest in terms of revenues. EADS maintains a workforce of more than 100,000 and is a market leader in defence technologies, commercial aircraft, helicopters, space, military transport and combat aircraft, as well as related services. Its family of leading brands includes the commercial aircraft maker Airbus; Eurocopter, the world's largest helicopter manufacturer; Astrium, the space company and MBDA, the world's second largest missile company. EADS is also the biggest partner in the Eurofighter consortium and heads the A400M military transport aircraft programme. EADS has more than 70 facilities in France, Germany, Spain and the UK. It is active in markets around the world, including the U.S. and Asia.

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