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First Eurofighter single-seater handed over to Luftwaffe

* Standard aircraft for wide-ranging defence tasks
* Delivery of Eurofighter single-seaters now in full swing

Munich/Manching, 14 February 2005

EADS Military Aircraft has delivered the first single-seater Eurofighter from German series production to the German Air Force. "We have now handed over the Eurofighter to the Luftwaffe in the configuration for the aircraft that will form the future backbone of air defence in Germany, Great Britain, Spain and Italy," commented Johann Heitzmann, CEO of EADS Military Aircraft, on the occasion of delivery at Manching. "Alongside the eight twin-seaters for pilot training that have already been delivered, the Luftwaffe now has the first single-seater Eurofighter destined for flight operations at its disposal."

Up to now, more than 30 production aircraft have been handed over to the air forces of Germany, Great Britain, Italy and Spain. Currently, more than 50 further aircraft are in final assembly at the Eurofighter partner companies of Alenia, BAE SYSTEMS and EADS Military Aircraft Germany and Spain.

Delivery of the first single-seater Eurofighter took place at EADS Military Aircraft's Getafe site in Spain on 29 December 2004. This was the first aircraft to be built in the new standard configuration. This standard is characterized by improved equipment performance and enhanced software. The Italian Air Force received its first production single-seater in early 2005 while delivery of a single-seater Eurofighter to the Royal Air Force is still outstanding.

The aircraft are equipped with the Multiple Information Distribution System (MIDS), which enables transmission and reception of great amounts of different data through a network. This data transmission system is the prerequisite for deployment of the aircraft within the scope of netcentric operations.

In addition, direct voice input is possible in the single-seaters. This allows the pilot to give standard commands to the aircraft in spoken form. Through this intuitive means of communicating with the aircraft, in routine tasks the pilot's in-flight workload is further reduced.

The Military Aircraft Business Unit, which is an integrated part of the EADS Defence and Security Systems Division (DS), concentrates all the EADS capabilities in the areas of high-performance combat aircraft, unmanned combat air vehicles (UCAVs), manned mission aircraft and training aircraft and the ground support equipment for these systems.

With revenues of approx. € 5.2 bn in 2003 and roughly 24,000 employees across nine nations, DS 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, Surveillance 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 € 30 billion and employed a workforce of more than 109,000.

Wolfram Wolff
EADS Military Aircraft
Tel.: +49-89-607 25711
Fax: +49-89-607 22455
mailto: wolfram.wolff@eads.com

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