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EADS to supply self-protection electronics for Eurofighter

* Order worth 260 million Euros for EuroDASS
* Latest technology will protect combat aircraft in military missions

Ulm, 11 August 2005

EADS Defence Electronics is to supply electronic core components for the EuroDASS self-protection system of the Eurofighter, which will enhance the survivability of the combat aircraft during military missions. As the company announced on Thursday, EADS Defence Electronics has received a contract worth 260 million euros for the delivery of highly specialised components for the 236 aircraft of Tranche 2 of the four-nation project.

“An efficient self-protection system such as EuroDASS offers individual aircraft and the crew the highest possible degree of protection against the numerous threats in today’s operation scenarios”, explained Bernhard Gerwert, Head of the EADS Defence Electronics Business Unit. “Together with the order for Tranche 2 of the CAPTOR radar already placed in December 2004, the Eurofighter programme makes jobs for highly qualified specialists at EADS Defence Electronics locations secure into 2012.”

In the EuroDASS consortium (DASS = Defensive Aids Subsystem), EADS Defence Electronics is collaborating with the companies Selex (JV of Finmecchanica and BAE Systems) in Great Britain, Elettronica in Italy and Indra in Spain, which are the electronic warfare specialists of the Eurofighter nations.

EuroDASS consists of an integrated radar warner, radar jammer (ESM/ECM) and missile warning system which are controlled by a central self-protection computer (Defensive Aids Computer – DAC) and interact with a decoy subsystem (Chaff/Flare). The self-protection system of the Eurofighter utilises the latest high frequency and digital technologies, which enable accurate real-time detection of threats and initiation of countermeasures. This involves EuroDASS warning the pilot about radar positions for surface-to-air missiles, enemy aircraft, missiles approaching his own aircraft as well as airspace surveillance radars. Possible countermeasures include jamming or deceiving the radars and radar-guarded missiles as well as launching decoys and initiating evasive action.

Defence Electronics (DE) is the Electronic Warfare House of EADS with considerable experience in the field of electronic warfare and, in particular, the electronic self-protection of aircraft, vessels and vehicles. Amongst other EW programmes, DE is responsible for the self-protection system of the A400M transport aircraft and the NH90 and Tiger helicopters. EADS Defence Electronics employs approximately 3,500 people in four countries. The main locations in Germany are Ulm, Friedrichshafen and Munich/Unterschleißheim.

EADS Defence Electronics is the Group´s Sensors, Avionics and Electronic Warfare House and is an integrated part of the EADS Defence & Security Systems Division (DS). DS, with revenues of about € 5.4 billion in 2004 and roughly 23,000 employees across ten nations, forms the defence and security pillar 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.

Lothar Belz
Tel.: +49 (0) 731 392 3681

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