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EADS réorganise sa division Défense et Sécurité

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mercredi 8 février 2006, sélectionné par Spyworld


Le consortium européen EADS va réorganiser sa division Défense et Sécurité, avec pour objectif de redresser la rentabilité et de doper son chiffre d’affaires, a indiqué mardi un porte-parole en Allemagne.

EADS Military Air Systems focusses business activities in Manching

- Strengthening of the Military Air Systems Center
- Safeguarding jobs and future business

EADS intends to move all departments of its Military Air Systems Business Unit, which are currently based in Ottobrunn near Munich, to the Manching site close to Ingolstadt, Upper Bavaria. This move, to be concluded by the end of 2008, was announced in Munich on Monday by Dr Stefan Zoller, Member of the EADS Executive Board and CEO of the EADS Defence & Security Systems Division, as a decisive step towards securing high-value jobs for the future.

“EADS will focus its German military air systems activities at Manching as its central location. With this decision, we pave the way both for strengthening this high-technology sector to meet international competition and for further intensifying the close cooperation with the German Armed Forces, one of our most important national customers.” Zoller continued : “The concentration of expertise on one site would be a prime prerequisite for future business and the acquisition of new projects. With such a step the chance to position Manching as center for the maintenance, overhaul and repair of the future A400M military transport aircraft will be significantly increased”, he said.

Following this decision, the currently around 2,500 employees of the Ottobrunn site will gradually relocate over the coming years, as the new infrastructure becomes available in Manching. It is planned that the last remaining Military Air Systems departments will arrive in their new offices and labs in 2008.

As Johann Heitzmann, CEO of EADS Military Air Systems, stated, this step was the logical consequence of a development which started some years ago : For more than three years, EADS and the German Air Force have already been successfully running co-operative models, e.g., the Systems Support Center for the joint in-service support of Eurofighter. “For both the customer and industry those cooperations are important instruments for reducing costs and jointly exploiting common resources, and this is the right way to tackle today’s and tomorrow’s challenges," Heitzmann said. “Both sides are absolutely determined to also extend this extremely encouraging type of cooperation in the very near future to further joint ventures such as the Tornado programme, the Transall military transport aircraft and its successor A400M.”

“In times of shrinking budgets and increased international competition there’s no other way than to increase these co-operative models,” Heitzmann added. The EADS Military Air Systems move to Manching improves communication and interaction between all departments involved in the life cycle of military air vehicles and will further benefit from the close vicinity to the Official Test Centre of the German Armed Forces (Wehrtechnische Dienststelle / WTD 61). Focussing on Manching and joining forces with WTD 61 will make the site a true aeronautics centre, thus boosting competitiveness and promoting the acquisition of future projects, Heitzmann concluded.

EADS Military Air Systems, which is an integrated part of the EADS Defence & Security Systems Division (DS), concentrates all the EADS capabilities in the areas of high-performance combat aircraft, unmanned mission air vehicles (MALE) and unmanned combat air vehicles (UCAVs), manned mission aircraft and training aircraft and the ground support equipment for these systems.

EADS Defence & Security Systems, with revenues of about € 5.4 billion in 2004 and roughly 24,000 employees across ten nations, forms the defence pole within EADS. It offers integrated systems solutions to the new challenges confronting armed forces and homeland security units. It is active in the areas of military aircraft, missile systems, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) systems with manned and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), battlefield management systems, defence electronics, sensors and avionics, and related services.

EADS is a global leader in aerospace, defence and related services. In 2004, EADS generated revenues of € 31.8 billion and employed a workforce of about 110,000.

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