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Boeing, MBDA Team for Missile Defense (Sept. 10)

MBDA and Boeing have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) aimed at establishing and developing a cooperative relationship in the area of regional and global missile defence.

The MoU establishes an industrial framework whereby both companies can better explore complementary technologies and share expertise while examining architectures for defending against the threat posed regionally and globally by the next generation of ballistic missiles.

“We are proud to link with Boeing which already has prime involvement in some of the U.S. government’s major missile defence programmes,” said Marwan Lahoud, Chief Executive Officer of MBDA. “With comprehensive missile defence system expertise ranging from the design, development and production of C2 (Command and Control) through to interceptors and kill vehicles as well as system integration and simulation, MBDA possesses the technological know how and the necessary track record to contribute significantly to layered defence solutions in line with global, regional or theatre requirements,” added Lahoud.

James Evatt, Boeing Senior Vice President of Missile Defence Systems, said, “Our relationship with MBDA is a critical component of our growing global missile defense partnerships.”

MBDA has proven its ability to deliver world leading missile systems within complex European and trans-Atlantic collaborative programmes. Prime examples of these are the FSAF (Future Surface to Air Family) programme, led by MBDA and based on the company’s versatile Aster missile, involving the UK (for naval defence) and France and Italy (for both naval and ground based defence) and the MEADS (Medium Extended Air Defence System) programme, under development by an international team involving Germany, Italy and the USA.

MBDA has also led many of its domestic nation (France, Italy and the UK) and NATO ballistic missile defence studies and is now actively supporting the UK’s Missile Defence Centre, launched in July 2003 to provide an interface between the UK and the USA’s Missile Defense Agency and to create a forum in which the exchange of ideas and capabilities between UK and U.S. industry can be encouraged and advanced.

With an annual turnover exceeding _ 2 billion, a forward order book of over _ 14 billion and over 70 customers world wide, MBDA is a world leading, global missile systems company. MBDA currently has 45 missile system and countermeasure programmes in operational service and has proven its ability as prime contractor to head major multi-national projects.

MBDA is jointly owned by BAE Systems (37.5%), EADS (37.5%) and Finmeccanica (25%).

A unit of The Boeing Company, Boeing Integrated Defense Systems is one of the world's largest space and defense businesses. Headquartered in St. Louis, Boeing Integrated Defense Systems is a $27 billion business. It provides systems solutions to its global military, government and commercial customers. It is a leading provider of intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance; the world's largest military aircraft manufacturer; the world's largest satellite manufacturer and a leading provider of space-based communications; the primary systems integrator for U.S. missile defense; NASA's largest contractor; and a global leader in launch services. (ends)

MBDA and Boeing to Cooperate on Ballistic Missile Defence