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EADS to set up technology center in India

New Delhi, India, 29 August 2006: EADS, a provider of aerospace, defence and related services, is committed to supporting India in the development of both its aerospace infrastructure and its industrial capabilities in aviation, space and defence technology. This was announced by EADS CEO Tom Enders during meetings in New Delhi with Indian top officials.

“India is rapidly developing into a major player in the aerospace industry and several Indian companies have been contributing for over 40 years to the global success of EADS,” said Enders. “India is a priority country for EADS as it offers market potential and solid aerospace and defence competencies. We will facilitate the creation in India of training Centres for pilots and mechanics, maintenance and spare part distribution centres.”

A significant step will be the opening of the EADS Technology Centre India. This campus-style institution will bring both the EADS subsidiaries and the Indian partners under the same roof, performing engineering and information technology services. The decision on the location will be made soon. Operations are expected to begin in the second quarter of 2007 and the entire campus will be inaugurated in early 2008.

Central to the EADS campus will be a state-of-the-art engineering unit called the Engineering Centre Airbus India. It will be a 100% owned subsidiary of Airbus and will represent the biggest on-site unit owned by an EADS Division. The Airbus Engineering Centre will focus on high-end engineering analysis and design and will eventually work closely with several Indian aeronautic suppliers. The Airbus Engineering Centre is expected to enter into operation during the first half of 2007 from a temporary site, with a recruitment programme starting as early as September 2006.

Over the next 15 years, the volume of investment and high-tech activities generated thanks to the EADS Technology Centre, including the Airbus Engineering Centre and other cooperation programmes will reach approx. INR 11,000 crores (€ 2 billion).

Since the Indian aeronautic and defence platform manufacturers are increasingly outsourcing the manufacture of parts to the private sector and thus broadening the range of potential subcontractors, EADS has decided to launch an Indian sourcing office. This office with branches in New Delhi and Bangalore will be operational by the end of 2006. Its aim is to support the EADS Business Units in sourcing, both for market access and cost reasons.