|EADS, MBDA and Sukhoi Team U|
EADS, MBDA and Sukhoi Team Up
Le Bourget - Paris Air Show -- (MBDA) June 17, 2003 -- EADS, the largest European aerospace company, Sukhoi Corporation, the Russian defence technology sales company Rosoboronexport and the European missile manufacturer MBDA have signed a protocol on Tuesday at the 45th Aerosalon in Le Bourget near Paris.
The protocol outlines opportunities for cooperation in the areas of joint development of future defence systems including UCAV technology, possibilities for inclusion of MBDA missile systems for Sukhoi fighter aircraft, joint product support activities and aircraft modernisation.
"This agreement is an important move in our strategy to further develop the EADS defence business globally. EADS believes that innovation is our competitive strength, and the teaming agreement with Sukhoi is important for the development of technology for future defence systems", said Philippe Camus and Rainer Hertrich, the CEOs of EADS.
Mikhail Pogosyan, General Director of Sukhoi, said: "This agreement is a major milestone for Russian-European cooperation in the defence industry and combines the strengths of two world leaders."
Marwan Lahoud, MBDA Chief Executive Officer, said: "MBDA, which has been developing, manufacturing and exporting missiles for over 50 years, is a major player in the air-launched weapons market. This cooperation with Sukhoi will be mutually beneficial as it will give us both market opportunities."
The partners will set up a working group, which will develop the issues of the protocol.