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NuKomBw Military Message Handling System passes factory acceptance tests at EADS

Friedrichshafen, 19 May 2005

After just nine months, the future Military Message Handling System NuKomBw has been completed and passed factory acceptance tests in Friedrichshafen. Developed and integrated under contract to the IT office of the German Federal Armed Forces, NukomBw (Nutzerorientierte Kommunikation der Bundeswehr – armed forces user-oriented communication system) will ensure the ability of the armed forces to exchange formal messages with classification levels up to “top secret” and provides military installations and individual users with the very latest communications services.

Now fully integrated, NuKomBw comprises over 30 server cabinets containing state-of-the-art failsafe communication servers, the majority of which, like the connected peripheral devices, have been certifiably hardened against electromagnetic radiation. The system uses special cryptology equipment approved by the Federal Office for Information Security (BSI) to send classified information over open networks. All messages can also be electronically signed and encrypted directly at the workstation. An integrated directory service stores and distributes the continually updated address lists for the armed forces as well as counterparts in allied countries. Once the final stage of the system expansion is complete, approximately 50,000 users will be working with NuKomBw.

The system is designed to work automatically and transparently with current German armed forces communication systems and future systems implemented by international partners, as well as with commercial e-mail systems.

In the next phase of the project, the system will be put into service at over 260 armed forces sites. System administrators and users will be trained concurrently with this deployment.

This complex project, which will help form the backbone of future military communications, will complete its implementation phase in spring 2006, putting it right on course in terms of performance and scheduling. With this ambitious system, the Federal Armed Forces will then assume a leading role amongst other nations that will be introducing similar systems.

EADS Defence and Security Systems, with revenues of about € 5.4 billion in 2004 and roughly 24,000 employees across ten 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, 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 2004, EADS generated revenues of € 31.8 billion and employed a workforce of about 110,000.

Press contacts:
Susanne Hartwein
Tel.: +49 (0)731 392-1757
mailto: susanne.hartwein@eads.com

Michael Meissner
Tel.: +49 (0)89 607 34850
mailto: michael.meissner@eads.com

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