A400M Aircraft to Boost Armed Forces Capability, Says Najib
(Source: Bernama news agency; published Dec. 8, 2005)

(Copyright Bernama news agency; reproduced by permission)
LANGKAW, Malaysia --- Malaysia Thursday signed an agreement with Airbus Military to procure four A400M aircraft worth RM2.8 billion in efforts to beef up the defence forces' capabilities.

Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said the new aircraft would replace in stages the ageing fleet of its C130 transport aircraft currently in service.

He told this to reporters after witnessing the signing ceremony at the Mahsuri International Exhibition and Convention Centre (MIEC) in conjunction with the Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace Exhibition (LIMA) 2005 here. He said two of the aircraft would be delivered on 2013 while the rest on 2014.

"The government decided to purchase the aircraft as we need aircraft with the latest technology and with high capability to replace the C130," he said. Najib, who is also the Defence Minister said, the C130 would continue its role until it is no longer economical to operate the aircraft.

Through the purchase of A400M, Malaysia is to benefit from the aircraft development whereby a Malaysian firm, Composites Technology Research Malaysia Sdn Bhd (CTRM), would undertake two development programmes worth RM907 in manufacturing composite components.

He said, Malaysia would also receive additional programmes worth RM800 million if there is more orders for the aircraft from all over the world.

"Based on additional orders for 196 aircraft of that type from all over the world, we are expected to receive additional work worth RM800 million," he said.

CTRM was established in November 1990 by Minister of Finance Malaysia Inc in line with the government's aspiration to start manufacturing composite parts for the aerospace industry.

After looking at the advantages and the opportunity to expand the nation's "aerospace" industry, the government made the decision to buy the four aircraft, said Najib.

"The procurement must be seen as a package, not only to fulfill the armed forces' needs but also as an effort to expand the nation's aerospace industry," he said.

Najib also witnessed the signing of several more contracts for the supply and delivery of military equipment between Malaysia and the respective suppliers, among others Selex Sistemi Integrati, Sapura Thales Electronics and Sapura Defense Sdn Bhd.

Apart from that, Najib also witnessed the delivery of an Agusta A109 Light Observation Helicopter by AgustaWestland for the army at the MIEC ground. (ends)

EADS: A400M Contract Confirms Asia-Pacific Strategy
(Source: EADS; issued Dec. 8, 2005)
LANGKAWI, Malaysia --- Malaysia's joining the A400M programme is a further boost for the global industrial development of EADS as well as for the Malaysian Industry. On Thursday, the Malaysian government signed a contract at the Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace Exhibition LIMA ’05 for the purchase of four A400M military airlifters. In April 2005, South Africa also joined the European transport aircraft programme.

In the framework of this contract, Malaysian industry will receive high-technology work packages worth initially one billion Ringgits, (about 200 million Euros) for the design and manufacture of A400M airframe components to be delivered worldwide.

EADS CEOs Tom Enders and Noël Forgeard stated: “Just over two years before the A400M's maiden flight, it is a great achievement for us to have Malaysia on board. The Malaysian contract demonstrates that the A400M meets the needs of air forces around the world. On the global market, there is no other military transport aircraft as competitive as the A400M."

“Our major achievements in Asia Pacific in the civil and military aviation business are direct results of our partnership and investment strategy in the region during the last 10 years,” said Jean-Paul Gut, EADS COO for Marketing, Strategy and International. Christian Duhain, Head of EADS International, the marketing organisation of EADS, added: “Asia Pacific is one of the key growth regions for EADS. In the next five years we‘ll see the Asia Pacific share of our turnover reaching 20 percent and by 2015 we expect 30 percent portion of our sales to come from Asia Pacific.”

Through its divisions and joint ventures, EADS has already developed long standing smart partnerships with the Malaysian industry. Airbus, for example, has established a continuous and successful cooperation with Composites Technology Research Malaysia (CTRM) in the field of composite materials, starting with the manufacturing of fixed trailing edge for the A300 passenger jet followed by A320 leading and trailing edge lower panels. Meanwhile CTRM is designing and building the new A380 fixed leading edge lower panels.

Eurocopter, the world’s leading helicopter manufacturer, opened a regional industrial and maintenance centre in Malaysia in 2004, Eurocopter Malaysia. This Centre has established fruitful industrial partnerships with more than 15 Malaysian companies and small and medium enterprises and has launched an ambitious training programme with the Malaysian Institute of Aviation Technology aiming to train 100 students over the next four years. Eurocopter is a 100 percent subsidiary of EADS.

EADS has also developed cooperation in the field of Satellite Ground Receiving Stations with Technology Park Malaysia (TPM) and in the field of Secure Network and defense products.

“In line with the policy of the Malaysian government, EADS is fully committed to a long-term partnership with the Malaysian industry bringing work, know-how and technology to Malaysia. We are committed to contributing to the building of a solid Malaysian Aerospace Industry”, Christian Duhain underlined.

EADS is a global leader in aerospace, defence and related services. In 2004, EADS generated revenues of EUR 31.8 billion and employed a workforce of about 110,600. 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. 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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