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EADS North America Opens Russellville, Arkansas Facility for the Development of Deployable Shelter Systems

Russellville, Arkansas, 23 February 2007

EADS North America today officially opened its newest U.S. facility, which specializes in integrated shelter solutions for military, homeland security and disaster recovery applications.

The 8,500 sq ft. installation at Russellville, Arkansas is the headquarters for EADS North America Integrated Shelter Systems, which leads the company’s activities in deployable integrated shelter systems for medical care, troop protection, command posts and other mission applications.

“The ability to supply quality medical care and protection on the front lines is more vital than ever – whether these front lines are in a theater of combat, at a disaster scene, or in response to a national emergency,” said David Oliver, President and CEO of EADS North America Defense. “We are pleased to partner with Arkansas in locating our integrated shelter system business activity at Russellville, and I wish to thank Senator Mark Pryor and Governor Mike Beebe for their leadership and support.”

EADS North America Integrated Shelter Systems’ products include the TransHospital® mobile hospital unit, which currently is being evaluated by the U.S. Army; the Tentainer® pallet-deployed medical care unit; and the TransProtec® personnel transport system, designed to protect soldiers from explosives and mines including improvised explosive devices (IEDs).

"I am pleased that EADS North America has chosen to invest in Arkansas by establishing the EADS North America Integrated Shelter Systems headquarters in Russellville,” Senator Mark Pryor said. “This investment reconfirms that Arkansas offers a compelling location and a qualified work force to develop products of importance to our country's military and our citizens."

Engineering work is currently being performed at the Russellville facility on prototype modules, which are being evaluated by the U.S. Army for its Future Medical Shelter System (FMSS) requirement. This TransHospital configuration consists of an operating room and support ward module – both of which are housed in transportable shelters. TransHospital is designed for autonomous operation after a rapid deployment and setup. With its modular design, TransHospital can be enlarged to the desired size and configuration by adding purpose-equipped shelter units.

The TransHospital system has demonstrated its capabilities in support of military deployments, including the German Army’s use in NATO coalition operations at Kosovo in Serbia and Kabul, Afghanistan. The Kosovo facility utilized TransHospital modular shelters to create a medical center with 260 beds, while the Kabul facility operates in a combat support hospital role.

TransHospital also has shown its value in U.S. and foreign disaster relief operations. A two-shelter TransHospital rescue station took part in U.S. Gulf Coast recovery operations after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita in 2005, serving at Long Beach, Mississippi. During a month-long loan to the non-profit International Medical Alliance, more than 4,500 patient visits were processed through this TransHospital rescue station. Another TransHospital rescue station was dispatched to Indonesia in early 2006, where it continues to serve one of the areas hard hit by the 2005 Indian Ocean tsunami. The EADS North America Integrated Shelter Systems facility in Russellville also is developing a new unit, called Tentainer. This hybrid system is sized to fit on a standard pallet for transportation aboard aircraft and on ground vehicles and it opens into a rigid wall container with an inflatable tent-like roof. The highly mobile Tentainer is designed for early entry medical care applications – including use by special operations units – and can be air-dropped for a rapid field set-up.

About EADS North America

Further information

EADS North America is the North American operations of EADS, the second largest aerospace and defense company in the world. As a leader in all sectors of defense and homeland security, EADS North America and its parent company, EADS, contribute over $10 billion to the U.S. economy annually and support more than 190,000 American jobs through its network of suppliers and services. With 12 operating companies located in 30 cities and 17 states, EADS North America offers a broad array of advanced solutions to its customers in the commercial, homeland security, aerospace and defense markets.

Media Contact:
Guy Hicks
Vice President Communications and Public Relations
EADS North America
Tel.: 703-236-3300
mailto: guy.hicks@eads-na.com

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