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TIPS Industries Celebrate Selection and Outline Way Forward for NATO AGS

ILA/Berlin, 11 May 2004

TIPS industry leaders gathered today at the International Aerospace Exhibition here to celebrate the team’s selection for the NATO Alliance Ground Surveillance (AGS) programme. NATO announced the Conference of National Armament Directors selection decision on April 16.

The six TIPS companies, EADS, Galileo Avionica, General Dynamics Canada, Indra, Northrop Grumman, and Thales, outlined the next steps in the process during a press conference today at the Northrop Grumman / EADS pavilion.

Tom Enders, CEO of EADS Defence and Security Systems commented, “AGS is a key project for the realisation of NATO transformation. It also opens up new forms of industrial cooperation: TIPS involves six major players with their respective capabilities, ensuring that a future-oriented and truly multinational solution is being realized on a timely basis. Working together enables us to offer a solution with growth potential and remarkable flexibility, ideal to address both NATO´s requirements and at the same time those of its North American and European partners. "

TIPS is now poised to provide the NATO-owned and operated Alliance Ground Surveillance core capability with a mixed fleet of manned wide-body jets and high altitude, long endurance UAVs. NATO's decision takes a major step forward in fielding an operationally essential capability for Alliance forces that will be a building block for NATO’s network-enabled capability, an important element of NATO transformation. Building on legacy systems and lessons learned from real world operations, TIPS will meet NATO's intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance and command and control requirements for the 21st century.

The result of the study completed earlier this year focused on a solution made up of the TIPS A321 platform and the Northrop Grumman Global Hawk. This system takes advantage of the expertise of all six companies while incorporating national assets from within NATO.

The top mounted radar design on the manned platform offered by TIPS provides several significant advantages and will enhance the effectiveness of the Transatlantic Cooperative AGS Radar (TCAR). The radar, which draws on the expertise of TIPS radar industries, will be integrated on both the unmanned and manned platforms.

José Massol, Senior Vice-President, Thales Airborne Systems Business Group, highlighted the future for TIPS saying, "We are now entering a programme definition phase where we will work with the customer to layout the exact makeup and cost of the fleet that best fits NATO requirements. Once completed, NATO will be in a position to award the design and development contract for both system and radar in the first quarter of 2005."

The industrial participation model unique to TIPS offers direct workshare opportunities for industry of each participating nation. This ensures that NATO member states play a defining role in TIPS, whose technologies will be available for national reuse. The legacy expertise of the TIPS core industry members, boasting more than 40,000 hours in real time operations, ensures that the solution remains a low risk cost-effective solution for AGS.

The TIPS Industries Team

EADS is a global leader in aerospace, defence and related services. In 2003, the Group generated revenues of over € 30 billion and employed a workforce of more than 109,000.

Galileo Avionica embodies the avionics and airborne radar capabilities of Finmeccanica, Italy's largest high technologies company and national defence leader.

General Dynamics Canada is Canada's largest defence company with a global reputation for providing integrated mission solutions to land, sea and air systems.

Indra is the leading Spanish company in Information Technologies (IT) with a very active presence in the defence market and is the 5th European IT Company by market capitalization, with revenues amounting to €1 billion and more than 6500 employees. Indra is deeply involved in complex and critical defence programs for the Ministries of Defence of countries around the world.

Northrop Grumman Corporation, a $26 billion global defence company, is the prime contractor for the E-8C Joint STARS and E-10A/MC2A airborne ground surveillance aircraft, the Global Hawk HALE UAV and the MP-RTIP radar program. Northrop Grumman ISS International, Inc, a subsidiary of Northrop Grumman Corporation, manages the company’s work on the TIPS team.

Thales is an international electronics and systems group, serving defence, aerospace and security markets. The group employs 62,000 people worldwide and generated revenues of €10.6 billion in 2003.

News Media Contacts:
Stephanie Chalmers
EADS
Tel.: +49-731-392 7488
mailto: stephanie.chalmers@sysde.eads.net

Mirta de Benedictis
Galileo Avionica
Tel.: +39-0-64-1883719
mailto: mirta.debenedictis@finmeccanica.it

Suzanne Belanger
GD Canada
Tel.: +1-613-596-7059
mailto: suzanne.belanger@gdcanada.com

Susana Velasco
Indra
Tel.: +34 91 480 9726
mailto: svelasco@indra.es

Jim Stratford
Northrop Grumman
Tel.: +1-321-726-7526
mailto: jim.stratford@ngc.com

Monique Navarra
Thales
Tel.: +33 1 3481 40 50
mailto: monique.navarra@fr.thalesgroup.com



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