Danish Defence Minister and Defence Committee embark on Eurofighter fact-finding mission in Germany

Munich / Manching, 28 September 2006 – As part of the ongoing selection process for the procurement of the new combat aircraft for the Royal Danish Air Force (RDAF), the Danish Defence Minister Søren Gade together with the Chairman of the Defence Committee, Allan Niebuhr, and a delegation of parliamentarians and military experts visited the EADS Military Air Systems Centre at Manching near Munich. The two-day tour of EADS made by Minister Gade and representatives of the Folketing’s Defence Committee followed similar previous trips to the U.S. and Sweden.

"We are proud to show the decision-makers of our neighbour Denmark the capabilities of both the Eurofighter as the most advanced multi-role combat aircraft in service and of EADS as one of the major partners within the Eurofighter consortium", said Dr. Stefan Zoller, Member of the Executive Committee of EADS and CEO of Defence & Security Systems (DS) in his welcome speech. "Denmark is already an important partner and customer for EADS, and I am confident that the Eurofighter would open another mutually beneficial chapter in this fruitful cooperation.".

"When it comes to successful collaboration in technology as well economical terms, the Eurofighter programme is second to none in the next-generation fighter market," stated Johann Heitzmann, CEO of Military Air Systems,  the responsible Business Unit within EADS, "With 638 aircraft currently on firm order and 100 already delivered to the air forces of Germany, Italy, Spain, and the UK, and with more than 15,000 flying hours booked, the Eurofighter is a proven and fielded product." Heitzmann continued, "In addition to its outstanding operational capabilities and that Eurofighter will be the backbone of NATO and European defence on our continent for decades to come, our programme satisfies not only the RDAF requirements but also offers ample opportunities for Danish industry."

The delegation from Copenhagen, who were also welcomed by Günter Hebel, Director of the German Procurement Agency BWB within the Ministry of Defence as the representative of the national Eurofighter customer, received several presentations on the EADS competencies in all fields of aerospace activities and especially were given  a deep look into the Eurofighter programme. The visit’s highlight was a "test flight" by the Danes in the Eurofighter simulator and a flying demonstration by an Eurofighter aircraft.

The Danish visitors stated that they were impressed by both the EADS and the Eurofighter capabilities. The delegates especially appreciated the frankness of their  hosts in providing them with important information for the evalution process. Roughly two months earlier,  Captain Casper Nielsen, a Danish test pilot, and RDAF test engineer Hans Rasmussen had the chance to take an extensive look into the Eurofighter’s technical and operational features, including taking part in two development flights whilst at Manching.

A decision by the Danish Government is expected in 2008 with deliveries beginning in 2016 to replace the F-16. Eurofighter is competing against Lockheed Martin’s F 35 and SAAB’s Gripen.

Military Air Systems (MAS), the centre of competence for all manned an unmanned airborne weapons systems within EADS, is an integrated Business Unit within the EADS Defence & Security Systems Division (DS).

With revenues of about € 5.6 billion in 2005 and roughly 23,000 employees across nine nations, DS forms the defence and security pillar within EADS. As a Large Systems Integrator, it offers integrated system solutions to the new challenges confronting armed forces and global security. It is active in the areas of manned and unmanned integrated combat and mission air systems, including related training services, and in missile systems, battlefield management systems for all branches, global security solutions, secure networks, defence electronics, sensors and avionics as well as related services.

EADS is a global leader in aerospace, defence and related services. In 2005, EADS generated revenues of € 34.2 billion and employed a workforce of about 113,000.


Source: European Aeronautic Defence and Space Company (EADS)
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