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Astrium selected to help define missile defence system for NATO

Paris, 27 September 2011

  • Contract awarded for the definition of a systems architecture to protect NATO territories against the threat posed by ballistic missiles
  • Astrium has been working with NATO on ballistic missile defence for more than ten years (since July 2001)

Astrium has been selected by the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) to define the first step of the systems architecture for its territorial ballistic missile defence programme.

The contract follows on from the decision taken at the Lisbon Summit in November 2010 to provide NATO with an additional capability to protect Europe. The contract involves defining within a year the requirements to expand the existing theatre missile defence into a territory ballistic missile defence.

NATO signed this initial contract under its territorial missile defence programme on 20 September 2011 with a consortium led by the American company SAIC. The contract is worth €2.5 million.

Astrium, the European leader in space systems and technologies, is a member of the industry team selected by NATO to implement the initial definition phase of its ballistic missile programme.

Astrium has been a key player in NATO’s ballistic missile defence programme since July 2001. The company is uniquely qualified for this role by virtue of its long experience and unrivalled expertise in the field of ballistic missile warfare in Europe, both as prime contractor for the ballistic missiles deployed by the French deterrent forces and through its space rendezvous knowhow acquired in connection with the ATV space cargo vessel.

In anticipation of future operational requirements, Astrium has developed a family of exoatmospheric interceptors, named Exoguard, in an effort to advance technological research in a wide range of analysis techniques, from threat evaluation and weapon assignment to detailed modelling and simulation and vector and interception vehicle architectures.

About Astrium

Astrium is the number one company in Europe for space technologies and a wholly owned subsidiary of EADS, dedicated to providing civil and defence space systems and services.

In 2010, Astrium had a turnover of €5 billion and more than 15,000 employees worldwide, mainly in France, Germany, the United Kingdom, Spain and the Netherlands. Its three main areas of activity are Astrium Space Transportation for launchers and orbital infrastructure, Astrium Satellites for spacecraft and ground segment, and Astrium Services for comprehensive end-to-end solutions covering secure and commercial satcoms and networks, high security satellite communications equipment, bespoke geo-information and navigation services worldwide.

EADS is a global leader in aerospace, defence and related services. In 2010, the Group – comprising Airbus, Astrium, Cassidian and Eurocopter – generated revenues of € 45.8 billion and employed a workforce of nearly 122,000.

Press contacts:
Daniel Mosely
Media Relations UK
Astrium United Kingdom
Tel.: +44 14 38 77 81 80
Fax: +44 14 38 77 30 69

Gregory Gavroy
Astrium France
Media Relations France
Tel.: +33 (0) 1 77 75 80 32

Ralph Heinrich
Media Relations Germany
Astrium Germany
Tel.: +49 89 60 73 39 71
Fax: +49 89 60 72 97 65

Francisco Lechon
Media Relations Spain
Astrium Spain
Tel.: +34 91 5 86 37 41
Fax: +34 91 5 86 37 82



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