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50th production Eurofighter delivered

* "Celebration aircraft" comes from EADS final assembly
* Visible proof of production build-up

Munich / Madrid, 29 June 2005

On Wednesday, the single-seater Eurofighter SS003 was handed over to the Spanish Air Force, a ceremony that also marked the delivery of the 50th production aircraft in this four-nation European collaborative programme. On the same day nearly simultaneously the 51st production aircraft for the German Air Force was handed over at EADS Military Aircraft in Manching. "I am delighted that the deliveries from the EADS Military Aircraft final assembly lines in Spain and Germany have reached this round figure," emphasized Johann Heitzmann, President and CEO of EADS Military Aircraft. "Even if many more such production landmarks will follow in this joint venture, which has up to now logged 638 firm orders, an event such as this is a cause for pleasure in both our workforce and our partner companies, and also an incentive for them to commit themselves even more intensively to the largest military aircraft programme of its type." At the delivery of the 50th production aircraft, Pablo de Bergia, who heads EADS Military Aircraft in Spain, said: "This first celebration demonstrates that the concentration of the expertise available in four leading European aeronautics nations is bearing fruit. We are proud to make our contribution to the readiness of our nations, Europe and NATO to defend themselves."

The single-seater production aircraft delivered on Wednesday will be the fourth aircraft in the German Air Force's Eurofighter mission configuration. A further eight of these aircraft will be delivered in the near future to Fighter Wing 73 "Steinhoff" at Laage near Rostock, where they will be used in the tactical training of Luftwaffe pilots converting to this aircraft type. Like the single-seater Eurofighter aircraft from the final assembly plants in Italy, Great Britain and Spain, this aircraft from the second batch of production Tranche 1 is equipped with the on-board electronic Defensive Aids Subsystem (DASS) and the Multifunctional Information and Distribution System (MIDS), an information and data exchange system that is essential for missions undertaken within network-centric combined operations. Further technical features of this most modern fighter aircraft in service, are dedicated to reduce the pilot's workload and to increase mission performance.

In addition to the 51 production aircraft already handed over to the German, Italian, British and Spanish Air Forces, all the remaining aircraft from Tranche 1, which comprises 148 Eurofighters in all, are in the process of construction. The production contract for Tranche 2 was signed in December 2004 by the relevant bodies of the four partner nations, Eurofighter Jagdflugzeug GmbH for the industry side and NETMA (NATO Eurofighter and Tornado Management Agency) for the respective governments.

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

EADS Defence & 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.

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EADS Military Aircraft
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