SOURCE: EADS North America

EADS North America

February 27, 2009 11:00 ET

EADS North America Showcases Its Aerial Refueling and Airlift Expertise at the Air Force Association's 2009 Air Warfare Symposium

ARLINGTON, VA--(Marketwire - February 27, 2009) - EADS North America's growing capability to support U.S. Air Force in-flight refueling and airlift mission requirements for the near- and long-term are spotlighted at the Air Force Association's Air Warfare Symposium and Technology Exhibition in Orlando, Florida this week.

Included on the company's exhibit stand (Booth #407 in the Rosen Shingle Creek Hotel) are scale models of the EADS A330 Multi-Role Tanker Transport (MRTT) and A400M military airlifter -- both of which offer new-generation solutions for the Air Force's operational needs rapidly to project combat power in support of the U.S. and its allies.

The A330 MRTT is the basic platform for Northrop Grumman's KC-45, which was chosen in 2008 by the U.S. Air Force to modernize its aging tanker inventory. This aircraft provides a low-risk, ready now solution for the service's urgent requirement to recapitalize its aerial refueling assets, combining a proven airframe with a highly capable in-flight refueling system.

EADS already has delivered three A330 MRTT airframes to be outfitted and completed for the Royal Australian Air Force, initiated production of 14 A330 MRTTs for the U.S. Royal Air Force, and has designated two airframes for the U.S. Air Force's Northrop Grumman KC-45. The A330 MRTT also has been ordered by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, marking a sweep of all recent competitions for new aerial refueling aircraft around the world.

At the heart of the A330 MRTT/KC-45 refueling system is EADS' new-generation Aerial Refueling Boom System (ARBS). This all-electric, fly-by-wire system provides highly accurate, reliable in-flight refueling, with a maximum nominal fuel flow rate of 1,200 U.S. gallons per minute -- 33 percent more than the Air Force's current KC-135 tanker. Its modern fly-by-wire technology provides enhanced controllability and includes an automatic gust load alleviation system that greatly aids the boom operator -- as well as the receiver aircraft's pilot -- during refueling operations.

The capabilities of EADS' new A400M Loadmaster also are showcased at the Air Force Association's Air Warfare Symposium and Technology Exhibition, underscoring the benefits of this aircraft as the world's most modern theater airlifter. Designed for a full range of missions from airland to airdrop, the A400M will be capable of carrying the U.S. military's 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.

Right-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. EADS already has 192 orders from nine launch customers for A400M: Germany, France, the United Kingdom, Belgium, Spain, Luxembourg, Turkey, South Africa and Malaysia.

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.