SOURCE: EADS North America

EADS North America

February 26, 2009 14:00 ET

EADS North America to Highlight Its Aircraft, System and Support Capabilities at 2009 AUSA Winter Symposium and Exposition

ARLINGTON, VA--(Marketwire - February 26, 2009) - EADS North America has a major presence at the Association of the United States Army's (AUSA) Winter Symposium and Exposition this week, where the company is underscoring its broad capabilities in airborne airlift, mobile medical care, and test and services.

The EADS exhibit stand (booth #1237) includes displays and information on the U.S. Army's new UH-72A Lakota Light Utility Helicopter, the A400M military airlifter, the TransHospital® combat support hospital system, as well as test systems and software programs for a variety of support applications.

The AUSA Winter Symposium is being held Feb. 25-27 at the Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., where the meeting's activities are built around the theme: "Ensuring persistent commitment in an era of persistent conflict: win, adapt, prepare."

"EADS North America has earned the reputation as a committed, capable and reliable U.S. Army provider as evidenced by our highly successful UH-72A Lakota helicopter program. Our participation at this year's AUSA Winter Symposium focuses on our broad capabilities that will help the Army prepare, adapt and win in current and future operations," said Ralph D. Crosby, Jr., EADS North America's Chairman and CEO.

A centerpiece of the company's AUSA Symposium exhibit is the UH-72A, which EADS North America is supplying to both the active Army and the National Guard. More than 54 UH-72As have been delivered to date by EADS North America -- all provided on time or ahead of schedule in one of the most rapid introductions of a new aircraft in the U.S. Army's history. A total of 128 Lakotas currently are contracted by the Army, with the service expected to acquire a total of 345 of these twin-engine helicopters through 2016.

Also highlighted on EADS North America's AUSA symposium exhibit is the TransHospital® Future Combat Support Hospital, which is being evaluated by the Army for its Future Medical Shelter System (FMSS) requirement. EADS North America's Integrated Shelter Systems activity in Russellville, Ark., has been contracted to develop prototype units of the Future Combat Support Hospital, demonstrating the capability and experience gained through EADS' supply of more than 500 shelter modules to NATO countries and allies worldwide.

EADS North America Test and Services is showcasing its Shaft Engine Test Instrumentation (SETI) system at AUSA, demonstrating this division's ability to provide highly capable intermediate test solutions with automated data capture, reporting, and transfer. The U.S. Navy has selected EADS North America Test and Services as prime contractor for 19 production SETI units and two pilot systems to be used in the testing of U.S. Navy and U.S. Marine Corps helicopter engines; and SETI also meets the Army's shaft engine test requirements. The company previously produced and delivered four SETI engineering prototypes in a multi-year design and proof-of-concept phase that validated the automated testing concept for shaft engines.

The TYX business unit of EADS North America will be demonstrating a range of tools for automatic test equipment development and documentation. This includes the DynaWorks® test data management system, which recently was selected to manage all test data for the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center's Structural Dynamics Test Group. Also shown on the AUSA exhibit stand will be TYX' Test Requirements Document (TRD) System, which develops and documents test program strategies; the Professional ATLAS Work Station (PAWS) collection of fully compatible tools supporting all phases of automatic testing; the SigBase IEEE 1641-compliant signal-based test environment; and TestBase, which is a development and execution environment for test software that provides visual development, database storage, and run-time execution of fault tree strategies.

Completing the EADS North America AUSA Winter Symposium exhibit is a presentation of the A400M Loadmaster -- the world's most modern theater airlifter. This aircraft is designed for a full range of missions, from airland to airdrop, and will be capable of carrying the vast array of new armored vehicles (Stryker, Future Combat System, U.S. Marine Corps Expeditionary Fighting Vehicle, and the Mine Resistant Ambush Protected system) directly into the theater of operations from strategic, operational and tactical distances. Sized with approximately twice the capacity of a C-130 and more than half the capability of a C-17, the A400M's optimum design is tailored to meet warfighters' evolving mission requirements to accommodate their future airlift requirements.

About EADS North America (www.eadsnorthamerica.com)

EADS North America is the North American operations of EADS, the second largest aerospace and defense company in the world. As a leader in all sectors of defense and homeland security, EADS North America and its parent company, EADS, contribute over $10 billion to the U.S. economy annually and support more than 190,000 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.