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Homeland Security

EADS to provide an integrated homeland security system solution to Romania

* Contract signed in presence of German Chancellor Schröder
* Project volume well above € 1 bn
* Camus and Hertrich: “System integration capability is key to market success.”

Bucharest, 12 August 2004

EADS has signed a contract with the Romanian Ministry of Administration and Internal Affairs to provide an integrated solution for border surveillance and security. On the occasion of a state visit to Romania by German Chancellor Gerhard Schröder on Thursday, the Romanian government and EADS officially sealed the deal with a signing ceremony in Bucharest, which reiterated the importance of an integrated homeland security system for the Romanian state border security.

The project, worth more than € 1 bn, will ensure that Romania meets the requirements of new EU members in the area of homeland security and border surveillance and will pave the way for a smooth entry into the Schengen Treaty. The first phase of the project is set to begin shortly, focusing on the most sensitive areas concerning EU accession, and will be completed by the end of 2006, a short time before the planned official entry of Romania into the EU on January 1, 2007. The entire project is scheduled for completion by December 2009.

EADS Defence and Communications Systems, the System House of Europe’s number one aerospace and defence company, is teamed with Siemens and other partners and will secure the 3,147 kilometres of Romania's border with 184 administration centres, surveillance systems, command control software, communications and IT infrastructure and technical training centres. EADS will technically coordinate the integration of the platform, including helicopters, sea vessels, patrol vehicles and personal equipment for the Border Police Agents.

EADS CEOs Philippe Camus and Rainer Hertrich commented on the contract signing, "This is a major step towards a new market for EADS. We are prepared to provide the solution for Romania's border protection needs. Thanks to our large system integration capabilities and our homeland security know-how, we have been chosen as the industry lead in preparing Romania for EU entry. It is our goal to further market the integrated homeland security solution to other new EU members."

Romania’s Prime Minister Adrian Nastase expressed his consent for the cooperation with EADS, "The modification and strengthening of our border security is a vital step for our future membership of the European community. We are confident in our cooperation with EADS, who will support us in the framework of one of the most important steps towards EU membership."

Through its 100% subsidiary Eurocopter, EADS has links with Romania which date back more than 30 years. Cooperation started in 1970 with the Alouette III programme. Today, Eurocopter Romania is carrying out helicopter marketing and customer services for civil and military operators in Romania and neighbouring countries. Eurocopter Romania is a joint venture between the Romanian helicopter company IAR and Eurocopter.

EADS is a global leader in aerospace, defence and related services. In 2003, the company generated revenues of € 30.1 billion and employed a workforce of about 109,000. The EADS Group includes the aircraft manufacturer Airbus, the world's largest helicopter supplier Eurocopter and the joint venture MBDA, the second largest missile producer in the global market. EADS is the major partner in the Eurofighter consortium, is the prime contractor for the Ariane launcher, develops the A400M military transport aircraft and is the largest industrial partner for the European satellite navigation system Galileo.

Contacts for the media:
Rainer Ohler
Tel.: +49 (0) 89 607 34235

Gregor v. Kursell
Tel.: +49 (0) 177 725 30 27

Patrice Kreis
Tel.: +33 (0) 1 4224 20 63

Miguel Sanchez
Tel.: +34 (0) 91 585 77 89

Michael Meißner
EADS Defence and Communications Systems
Tel.: +49 (0) 89 607 34850
mailto: michael.meissner@eads.com

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