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Thales Alenia Space and NPO-PM to finalize an industrial cooperation agreement

06 December 2007

Cannes, December 6, 2007 - Thales Alenia Space and NPO-PM strengthen their position by announcing today that they are about to finalize an industrial cooperation program concerning the development of a multi-mission satellite platform.

Thales Alenia Space, a major payload provider for the Russian telecom satellite market*, and NPO-PM are closely working on a joint program to cooperate on the development and building of a new multi-mission satellite platform optimized for a direct injection in the Geosynchronous Orbit (GSO) and able of High-Elliptical Orbit (HEO) missions. This platform, named Express-4000, will enable both companies to reinforce their leading position in Russia.

Based on a Thales Alenia Space's Spacebus 4000 technology, Express-4000 will incorporate a large range of Russian equipments and subsystems and will embark a Thales Alenia Space payload. This high-capacity Express-4000 satellite will be commercialized by NPO-PM as prime contractor and will be Proton compatible. Express-4000 satellites will be built and integrated in Russia in NPO-PM's facilities.

Furthermore, Thales Alenia Space and NPO-PM are working on an industrial plan aiming at buying from Russian suppliers common equipments for the Spacebus 4000 and Express-4000 series. This industrial plan will contribute to a significant improvement of the competitiveness of the Spacebus 4000 platform on the worldwide market.

Pascale Sourisse, President and CEO of Thales Alenia Space states: "This extended cooperation with NPO-PM and the Russian industry is a major step for the telecom satellite market and Thales Alenia Space's strategy. This common approach demonstrates the confidence and trust between our two companies, which is based on a strong heritage of cooperation and success. We are proud to be referenced as a leading partner in the Russian space industry and wish this long-lasting partnership will further develop in the future."

Nikolay Testoyedov, general director of NPO-PM says: "We cooperate with Thales Alenia Space since 1995 when we started to work together on the creation of SESAT satellite for EUTELSAT. Nowadays, our cooperation is extending so that our payload teams are being trained by their experts while assembling and testing Express-33/44 communication satellites. This sharing of experience will enable us to design and test payload modules ourselves in close cooperation with Thales Alenia Space as payload equipment supplier. We are not going to stop on this achievement as we are broadening our cooperation to high-capacity satellites."

This major strategic step forward is fully supported by Roscosmos and the new Information Satellite Systems Company, led by NPO-PM.

* Thales Alenia Space has provided 11 payloads for Express-AM platforms, 3 for Express-MD platforms (Express-MD1, Express-MD2, Express-MD3/KazSat-1), and 2 repeaters equipment for Loutch platforms.

About Thales Alenia Space
The European leader in satellite systems and a major player in orbital infrastructures, Thales Alenia Space is a joint venture between Thales (67%) and Finmeccanica (33%). Thales Alenia Space and Telespazio embody the two groups' "Space Alliance". Thales Alenia Space sets the global standard in solutions for space telecoms, radar and optical Earth observation, defense and security, navigation and science. The company has a total of 7,200 employees and 11 industrial sites, with locations in France, Italy, Spain and Belgium.

About NPO-PM
FSUE Academician Reshetnev Nauchno-Proizvodstvennoe Obiedinenie Prikladnoi Mekhaniki is one of the leading enterprises of Russian space industry.

NPO PM owns technologies of total space complex development cycle starting with a satellite design and including the satellite control in all orbits from low circular to geostationary ones.
During its activity the enterprise has taken part in more than 30 space programs in the spheres of communication, TV broadcasting, navigation, geodesy and research activities. It was designed, manufactured and launched about 50 different satellite types, dedicated for application in low circular, circular, high elliptical and geostationary orbits, the main feature of which is high reliability.

Long experience of the spacecraft design, qualified personnel, advanced technologies, up-to-date manufacturing and reliable business partners allow NPO PM to be the Russian leader of the satellite building and successfully work in market competition.

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