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Boeing awarded a study contract to Alcatel in the frame of the GPS III System Preliminary Definition

20 January 2005

In the frame of the US Air Force's GPS III System Preliminary Definition phase, Boeing Integrated Defense Systems awarded a study contract to Alcatel (Paris: CGEP.PA and NYSE: ALA). This contract concretises last year's discussions between Boeing and Alcatel Space to develop cooperation in Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS). This is also the first ever contractual ties for GPS III between the European Union and the United States industry leaders in Satellite Navigation which materialise the EU-US high level agreement signed in June 2004.

Alcatel Space scope of activity under this contract will be to support the definition of the architecture of the GPS III global integrity as well as on the compatibility and interoperability with the Galileo European system.

Boeing also supports the Eurely consortium, which has been formed by Alcatel and Finmeccanica, and which has been short-listed by the Galileo Joint Undertaking, a venture formed by the European Union and the European Space Agency, for the purpose of launching the Galileo programme and selecting its concessionaire.

As the European leader in Satellite navigation systems, namely the European Prime of the EGNOS system and as such the leader on the Galileo integrity solution and architecture, Alcatel Space sees this contract as an other concrete step toward a sound and positive cooperation between Europe and the US. Boeing and Alcatel Space support the EU-US high-level agreement on GNSS, which has been executed by the parties last 26 June 2004.

This contract confirms the long-standing relation of trust between Boeing and Alcatel Space (e.g. on XM-Radio, etc.).

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