EADS Marks Break-Through On US Defence Market
(Source: EADS; issued June 30, 2006)
AMSTERDAM --- The selection of EADS to provide the US Army's next-generation Light Utility Helicopter (LUH) marks the Group's break-through on the US defence market. For the very first time, the Group's subsidiary EADS North America will act as a prime contractor for the US military. The LUH requirement is for up to 352 aircraft, with a total value of approximately US$ 3 billion.

"This success confirms EADS being a respected partner on the US defence market and strongly supports two of our long-term strategic goals: To balance our portfolio by enhancing our defence business in key international markets and to participate in these markets through local investments and industrial partnerships," stated EADS CEOs Tom Enders and Noël Forgeard. "Programmes such as the UH-145 clearly demonstrate that transatlantic defence cooperation is a win-win situation for all parties."

EADS North America leads a UH-145 team of companies that includes four primary partners, among them its American Eurocopter business unit, which will handle the helicopter’s production, assembly and delivery and Sikorsky Aircraft as well as WestWind Technologies and CAE USA. Production of the UH-145 – a version of Eurocopter’s EC145 multi-mission helicopter – will be set up in the US. (ends)


EADS is a global leader in aerospace, defence and related services. The EADS Group includes the aircraft manufacturer Airbus, the world's largest helicopter supplier Eurocopter and the joint venture MBDA, the leading international 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.



EADS Further Strengthens Defence Business with Australia
AMSTERDAM --- EADS' Australian defence business is further strengthened by an order for 34 MRH-90 transport helicopters, the Australian version of the NH90. The contract was signed today by EADS' subsidiary Eurocopter and the Australian government. Less than two years ago, Australia already purchased 12 MRH-90 medium-lift helicopters.
AMSTERDAM --- EADS' Australian defence business is further strengthened by an order for 34 MRH-90 transport helicopters, the Australian version of the NH90. The contract was signed today by EADS' subsidiary Eurocopter and the Australian government. Less than two years ago, Australia already purchased 12 MRH-90 medium-lift helicopters.

"We are delighted by this important order and thank the Australian Government for its confidence in EADS and its products. This success is a further demonstration of NH90's competitiveness and supports the Australian defence order book, which is the strongest outside Europe. In defence, Australia is a global reference customer and known for its demanding but fair competition and evaluation procedures," said EADS CEOs Tom Enders and Noël Forgeard.

Today's NH90 contract continues a series of major successes for EADS in the Australian market, including orders for 22 Tiger combat helicopters and five A330 MRTT (Multi-Role Tanker Transport) Aircraft. Local MRH-90 production will generate 400 jobs in Australia, mainly at the Brisbane plant of Eurocopter's subsidiary Australian Aerospace, where already the Australian Tiger helicopter are being manufactured. Through-life support services for the transport helicopters will also take place in Australia.

Expanding local production and generating highly skilled jobs in Australia makes EADS part of one of the most attractive markets and adds value to customers and partners in the region.


EADS is a global leader in aerospace, defence and related services. The EADS Group includes the aircraft manufacturer Airbus, the world's largest helicopter supplier Eurocopter and the joint venture MBDA, the leading international 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.

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