EUROHAWK debuts at Berlin International Air Show
EADS/Northrop Grumman alliance highlights new developments on EUROHAWK(TM) program
International Aerospace Exhibition, Berlin - 11 May 2004 - EADS and Northrop Grumman Corporation today presented the results of last year's demonstration in Nordholz, Germany, of an EADS-developed electronics intelligence sensor operated from a Northrop Grumman-built Global Hawk high altitude, long endurance (HALE) unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV). The two companies also discussed the next steps in their joint efforts on the EUROHAWK(TM) program.
EUROHAWK(TM), which EADS and Northrop Grumman are currently offering to the German Ministry of Defense (MoD), is a Global Hawk derivative equipped with a new signals intelligence system sensor developed by EADS. A full-scale model of the ELINT-sensor-equipped Global Hawk UAV used during the Nordholz test flights is on display at the EADS/Northrop Grumman Stand No. 642.
The EUROHAWK(TM) briefing included remarks by Tom Enders, member of the Executive Committee of EADS and CEO of EADS Defence and Security Systems and Chris Hernandez, Northrop Grumman Integrated Systems sector vice president and general manager of the company's Unmanned Systems unit.
The executives reported results from the six successful flights conducted in October of 2003 at the German Air Force Base in Nordholz. The flights had demonstrated the technical feasibility of using an unmanned platform carrying an ELINT type sensor to conduct wide area surveillance missions. The EUROHAWK(TM) demo also had included the first successful operation of a UAV in controlled European airspace, having paved the way for further developments of unmanned flight in Europe.
"The flight test results will help define the next developmental phase of EUROHAWK(TM). The demonstration helped convince military and political decision makers that a Global Hawk-derived sensor platform to satisfy the HALE wide area surveillance requirement will meet their reconnaissance needs," said Tom Enders. Government's commitment to start the development of an unmanned SIGINT reconnaissance system by 2005 was again stressed by the comments of the Minister of Defence in a press conference on March 30th of this year. To deploy an independent German SIGINT surveillance and reconnaissance system by 2008, the German MoD has requested that a proposal on EUROHAWK(TM) be delivered by midyear, 2004. EUROHAWK(TM) is on schedule for the proposal delivery and is expecting to get parliamentary approval by the end of this year. The first prototype delivery is scheduled for mid 2007, with contract approval for series production and initial operational capability expected in mid 2008. This schedule will ensure an on-time replacement for the ageing fleet of SIGINT equipped Breguet Atlantiques currently in service.
Another significant milestone in the EUROHAWK(TM) program is the founding of a joint venture between Northrop Grumman and EADS. This new company, which would be based in Germany, would be tailored to the customer's requirements and act as the national prime contractor for the German MoD through the entire lifecycle of the system. A related agreement to guarantee necessary technology and information transfer between Germany and the US is currently being defined by the two governments.
"Northrop Grumman and EADS have developed and maintained a cooperative relationship that has proven its benefit to customers we traditionally serve, and to new customers who require innovative solutions to meet ever-evolving mission requirements," said Chris Hernandez, Northrop Grumman Integrated Systems sector vice president and general manager of the company's Unmanned Systems unit. "The EUROHAWK(TM) program is designed to meet the German MoD's wide area surveillance mission."
EADS and Northrop Grumman had initiated the EUROHAWK(TM) project in July 2000 by signing an agreement to develop an unmanned wide-area surveillance and reconnaissance system. The project, which brings together the companies' respective expertise and internally funded developments in UAV and sensor technology, was created to offer a replacement for the ageing fleet of SIGINT equipped Breguet Atlantiques. This cooperation had then been followed by a bilateral project agreement between the U.S. Air Force and the German Ministry of Defence signed in October 2001. The first phase of the project included the operation of the HALE UAV concept, the sensor integration, and the October 2003 flight demonstration program in Nordholz.
EADS Defence and Security Systems, with revenues of about € 5.2 billion in 2003 and roughly 24,000 employees across nine nations, forms the defence pole within EADS. It offers integrated systems solutions to the new challenges confronting armed forces and homeland security units. It is active in the areas of military aircraft; missile systems; intelligence, sur-veillance and reconnaissance (ISR) systems with manned and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), battlefield management systems, defence electronics, sensors and avionics, and related services. 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.
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