**EADS Says Remains Fully Committed to A400M Despite Airbus Threat
AMSTERDAM --- Clarifying comments made in the press, EADS confirms that it remains fully committed to the construction of the 400M that will be the most complete high performance military plane for the coming decades.
The group reaffirms that the contract signed in 2003 does not provide the necessary conditions for the successful development of the programme, firstly because of an unrealistic timetable, and secondly because the commercial nature of the contract does not fit to the reality of a military programme containing high technological risks.
EADS wishes that the three months moratorium period as proposed by OCCAR be used by all partners of the programme to put it back on tracks within conditions acceptable by all parties.
EADS is a global leader in aerospace, defence and related services. In 2008, EADS generated revenues of EUR 43.3 billion and employed a workforce of about 118,000. The Group includes Airbus as the leading manufacturer of commercial aircraft, with Airbus Military covering tanker, transport and mission aircraft, Eurocopter as the world's largest helicopter supplier and EADS Astrium, the European leader in space programmes from Ariane to Galileo. Its Defence & Security Division is a provider of comprehensive systems solutions and makes EADS the major partner in the Eurofighter consortium as well as a stakeholder in the missile systems provider MBDA.
(EDITOR’S NOTE: The above statement follows a threat by Airbus CEO Tom Enders to pull out of the A400M program. "Under the current conditions we cannot build the plane," Enders told Spiegel Online in a March 30 interview, according to a translation by Reuters. He added that it would be better to make a painful break than draw out the agony, and that he would not make a "pilgrimage to Berlin or Paris to plead for a continuation of the programme under conditions that are not acceptable to us."
Enders also said that the states ordering planes should in the future take on partial responsibility for availability of the aircraft’s engines, which EADS claims are responsible for most of the program’s three-year delay.
EADS Confirms That It Remains Fully Committed to the Construction of the A400M