SOURCE: EADS North America

EADS North America

October 01, 2009 11:53 ET

EADS North America Spotlights Its Aircraft and Defense System Expertise at the Association of the U.S. Army's 2009 Annual Meeting

ARLINGTON, VA--(Marketwire - October 1, 2009) - EADS North America's growing capabilities to support the U.S. Army and its warfighters will be highlighted at next week's meeting of the AUSA (Association of the U.S. Army), where the company has organized its largest ever presence at this yearly event.

Among the programs to be showcased at AUSA are EADS North America's Armed Scout 645 and UH-72A helicopters, the A400M multi-role airlifter, as well as communications, test systems, and encryption services.

EADS North America's exhibit at the downtown Washington, D.C. Convention Center (Exhibit #3131) will feature the company's flying Armed Scout 645 rotary-wing demonstrator aircraft, along with a scale model of its UH-72A Lakota Light Utility Helicopter.

As prime contractor for the UH-72A Lakota helicopter program, EADS North America has delivered 85 Lakotas on or ahead of schedule and on budget -- making the UH-72A one of the U.S. Army's most successful aircraft acquisition programs. Current Army plans call for up to 345 of these twin-engine helicopters to be acquired through 2016.

The Armed Scout 645 answers the U.S. Army's needs for a next-generation helicopter that responds to the demands of higher elevations and hotter temperatures in combat environments -- similar to the operational conditions faced today in Afghanistan.

It is based on the same airframe as the highly successful UH-72A Lakota Light Utility Helicopter it is currently delivering to the U.S. Army. The world-class industry team assembled by EADS North America for the Armed Scout 645 includes Lockheed Martin as the Mission Equipment Package integrator, and American Eurocopter -- which will build the aircraft at its Columbus, Miss., facility where Lakotas are currently manufactured.

Also presented on EADS North America's AUSA exhibit will be a scale model of the A400M, which is the world's newest theater airlifter and is designed for strategic and tactical transportation missions, as well as air refueling. The A400M offers an optimal solution for the U.S. military's evolving transportation needs -- with the size and capacity to carry such armored vehicles as the Bradley, Stryker, MRAP, EFV and JLTV, and the ability to deliver payloads with strategic speed and range while maintaining exceptional soft and short field capability during takeoff and landing.

EADS has 192 orders from A400M program launch customers, including NATO ally nations. The initial aircraft is being readied for its maiden flight, which is scheduled before the end of 2009.

The EADS North America exhibit at AUSA also will include the DT35 and DT45 remotely-controlled high-speed aerial targets -- which provide the Army with threat simulation for surface-to-air and air-to-air missile training and evaluation.

Engine test capabilities for helicopters and fixed wing aircraft will be represented at the AUSA exposition with a throttle control panel for the Shaft Engine Test Instrumentation (SETI) and Jet Engine Test Instrumentation (JETI) systems of EADS North America Test and Services. This division of EADS North America has been contracted to manufacture, deliver and install 16 JETI and 21 SETI systems for the U.S. Navy, which are being used in land-based locations as well as for aircraft carrier-based engine testing.

PlantCML®, an EADS North America company, will participate in the AUSA exposition to underscore its status as the industry's leading provider of crisis communications and response technologies. PlantCML will highlight its lines of call processing, mass notification, Computer-Aided Dispatch (CAD) and mapping, as well as data management and analytics solutions -- all of which currently are being sold to Department of Defense installations for such operations as base security, fire prevention, and command and control around the world.

EADS North America's Fairchild Controls business unit will focus its AUSA exhibit presence on the company's line of rugged, battle-proven environmental control and air management systems. On display will be Fairchild Controls' 54-mm compressor -- which currently is used for environmental control aboard the U.S. Army Apache attack helicopter and the U.S. President's executive transport helicopter.

Completing EADS North America's participation in the AUSA exposition will be the Ectocryp™ family of programmable encryption devices. Ectocryp Black™ is a high-grade secure voice gateway for voice services using the Secure Communications Interoperability Protocol (SCIP), and is the only available device capable of handling large numbers of SCIP channels -- while also offering the potential to accommodate other protocols such as VoSIP (Voice over Secure Internet Protocol).

The Ectocryp Blue™ is a high-grade, high-speed IP encryptor programmed for data services, and designed to implement the High Assurance Internet Protocol Encryptor (HAIPE®) standard. Its capacity allows 20,000 security associations, and it uniquely incorporates routing functions directly in the device, rather than depending upon other equipment.

About EADS North America (www.eadsnorthamerica.com)

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.