SOURCE: EADS North America

EADS North America

November 16, 2011 11:12 ET

EADS North America Delivers First CN235 Maritime Patrol Aircraft to Mexico Under U.S. Foreign Military Sales Agreement

Aircraft Based on the Same Airframe as U.S. Coast Guard's HC-144A Ocean Sentry

ARLINGTON, VA--(Marketwire - Nov 16, 2011) - EADS North America has delivered the first of four Airbus Military CN235-300 Maritime Patrol Aircraft (MPA) it will supply to the Mexican Navy. The program is a foreign military sales contract managed by the U.S. Coast Guard. The Coast Guard uses a configuration of this same twin-engine aircraft -- the HC-144A Ocean Sentry -- for its own patrol, surveillance, transport and disaster relief mission duties.

This is the first U.S. foreign military sale for the highly successful CN235 tactical airlifter family produced by Airbus Military, a business unit of EADS. Under the $157.6 million order, EADS North America will also supply spares provisioning, ground support equipment and associated training.

"This airframe is performing exceptionally in a wide range of missions for the U.S. Coast Guard, and we're proud to serve our country's national interests by supporting the Mexican Navy with a great capability as well," said Sean O'Keefe, EADS North America CEO.

The new CN235-300 MPAs will further strengthen Mexico's ability to support the Mérida Initiative, a cooperative security arrangement between the U.S., Mexico and Central American countries. Duties for the new aircraft include homeland security, search and rescue, military readiness, cargo and personnel transport, drug interdiction and maritime environmental protection.

More than 200 Airbus Military CN235s are in operation within 20 countries today. EADS North America has delivered 12 CN235-300s to the U.S. Coast Guard in the HC-144A Ocean Sentry configuration. The service plans to acquire a total of 36 to gradually replace its aging HU-25 Guardian fleet.

This CN235 in MPA configuration incorporates the latest technology developed for surveillance over the sea. The combination of a Forward Looking Infra Red (FLIR) system and search radar allows the aircraft to locate and track ships to conduct thorough patrols of a coastline. The Automatic Identification System (AIS) and the Fully Integrated Tactical System (FITS) help make this aircraft the ideal tool to carry out military surveillance missions for the Mexican Navy. The FITS was developed by Airbus Military and ensures that the extensive data gathered by the aircraft's on-board sensors can be easily used by the crew to execute their mission.

About EADS North America (
EADS North America is the North American operation of EADS, a global leader in aerospace, defense and related services. As a leader in all sectors of defense and homeland security, EADS North America and its parent company, EADS, contribute over $11 billion to the U.S. economy annually and support more than 200,000 American jobs through its network of suppliers and services. Operating in 17 states, EADS North America offers a broad array of advanced solutions to its customers in the commercial, homeland security, aerospace and defense markets.

About Airbus Military (
Airbus Military is the only military and civic/humanitarian transport aircraft manufacturer to develop, produce, sell and provide support and services for a comprehensive family of airlifters with a payload range of three to 45 tonnes. An Airbus subsidiary, Airbus Military is responsible for the A400M program, the A330 Multi Role Tanker Transport (MRTT) and further military derivatives based on Airbus civil aircraft. These, together with the smaller 'Light & Medium' C295, CN235 and C212, make Airbus Military the global leader in the market for military transport, tanker and surveillance aircraft capable of performing the most varied types of missions. Altogether, Airbus Military has sold more than 1,000 aircraft to some 130 military, civil and governmental customers. More than 800 of these aircraft have been delivered. Airbus is an EADS company.

About EADS (
EADS is a global leader in aerospace, defense and related services. In 2010, the Group -- comprising Airbus, Astrium, Cassidian and Eurocopter -- generated revenues of EUR 45.8 billion and employed a workforce of nearly 122,000.

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