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EADS Military Transport Aircraft delivers the sixth HC-144A Maritime Patrol Aircraft for the US Coast Guard's Deepwater Programme

Madrid, 19 November 2008

Military Transport Aircraft of EADS has delivered the sixth HC-144A Ocean Sentry Maritime Patrol Aircraft for the US Coast Guard Deepwater programme. From a plan to purchase 36 aircraft, eight are already firm orders. The HC-144A is based on the successful EADS CN-235 platform that is operated by several civil and military organisations in different countries around the world.

The Ocean Sentry MPA is part of the fixed wing fleet of aircraft that procures homeland security for the US. The Deepwater Program is a major initiative designed to recapitalise the U.S. Coast Guard with an integrated system of assets and capabilities. The HC-144A was selected to serve as the mediumrange surveillance maritime patrol aircraft platform for the U.S. Coast Guard. The Deepwater contract was awarded in 2002 to the (ICGS), a joint venture between Lockheed Martin and Northrop Grumman, to which EADS Military Transport Aircraft Division supplies the aircraft.

EADS is a global leader in aerospace, defence and related services. In 2007, EADS generated revenues of € 39.1 billion and employed a workforce of about 116,000. The Group includes the aircraft manufacturer Airbus, the world's largest helicopter supplier Eurocopter and EADS Astrium, the European leader in space programmes from Ariane to Galileo. Its Defence & Security Division is a provider of comprehensive systems solutions and makes EADS the major partner in the Eurofighter consortium as well as a stakeholder in the missile systems provider MBDA. EADS also develops the A400M through its Military Transport Aircraft Division.

Media contact:

José María Palomino
Communications
EADS MTAD
Tel.: +34 91 585 77 89

Eduardo Galicia
Communications
EADS MTAD
Tel.: +34 91 585 77 89



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