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EADS: Today's Greek fighter procurement is not against Eurofighter

* Interim procurement calls for attrition of U.S.-built aircraft
* Decision on latest-generation fighters later this year

Munich, 19 July 2005

Today the Greek government decided to procure 30 fighter aircraft of the U.S. type F-16, which is already in the Hellenic Air Force’s (HAF) inventory. Such a procurement plus an option for ten more aircraft calls for filling the gap in the HAF jet fighter fleet due to attrition and to satisfy an interim need of third-generation aircraft.

At the same meeting, the Greek government decided to bring the even more important acquisition of 30 plus ten combat aircraft of the latest-generation type on the agenda of one of the next National Security Council (KYSEA) meetings, which are expected to take place later this year.

EADS is convinced that on one of the forthcoming KYSEA meeting the most modern combat aircraft Eurofighter will be the number one for the HAF, as this aircraft is seen as the perfect weapon system to increase the defence capabilities for Greece. Johann Heitzmann, President and CEO of EADS Military Aircraft, stated that - in contradiction to misleading news agency reports - the decision of the Greek government does not pre-empt anything in terms of an Eurofighter procurement in this country. “In contrary, we and our partners within the programme feel ourselves to be in a very good position, as the European product Eurofighter not only offers unique operational capabilities for the Hellenic Air Force, but also is the key for numerous political and industrial advantages for Greece.” Heitzmann said that the Eurofighter procurement will also strengthen the close link between Athens and its European partners.

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 mission (MALE UAV) and combat air vehicles (UCAV), manned mission aircraft and training aircraft as well as 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.

Press contact:
Wolfram Wolff
EADS Military Aircraft
Tel.: +49-89-607 25711
Fax: +49-89-607 22455

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