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EADS technology effectively protects people against attacks

* Transport container provides proof of protective function against bombs, snipers or mines
* Deployment planned for peace-keeping and anti-terror missions

Friedrichshafen, 16 August 2005

EADS, in cooperation with the company Krauss-Maffei Wegmann of Munich, has developed a protection system for transporting people safely in crisis areas. As EADS Defence Electronics announced on Tuesday, the multifunctional container for protected personal transport ("TransProtec") has now proved its high protection capability in a series of blasting tests that have been successfully carried out.

The new kind of flexible protection system “TransProtec” offers optimal protection against attacks with explosives, sniper fire, shrapnel, mines and ABC attacks. The tests were carried out at the Military Technical Centre WTD in Meppen. TransProtec offers a high degree of driving comfort and very good ergonomics. The protective container can accommodate up to 18 people including equipment. A modified version of TransProtec is capable of transporting a larger number of casualties and nursing staff together with the necessary facilities. TransProtec can be transported on different makes of protected trucks. A hook loading system makes it possible to load and unload the container quickly.

Peace making and peace keeping missions carried out by the international community and anti-terrorist operations are always exposed to great danger. In particular, transporting soldiers and civilians in crisis-hit regions constitutes a high risk, as can be seen almost every day in Iraq and Afghanistan. The Federal Office of Defence Technology and Procurement (BWB – Bundesamt für Wehrtechnik und Beschaffung) ordered several TransProtec systems last year in order to counteract this potential danger and to ensure the best possible protection for soldiers and civilians being transported. The intention is to order further units.

“Up until now, the protected vehicles available have only been able to offer a limited number of seats. TransProtec is capable of transporting a large number of passengers safely under different operational conditions. The level of protection and comfort during transportation is well above that offered by vehicles already used for this purpose”, explained Bernhard Gerwert, Head of the EADS Defence Electronics Business Unit.

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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