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EADS Test & Services and Beta Air sign a Memorandum Of Agreement

November 29, 2005 - EADS Test & Services and Beta Air sign a Memorandum Of Agreement on test solutions:
- Follow-up of former Memorandum of Understanding signed in 2004
- Agreement is for the maintenance of Russian and CIS fleets of civil aircraft

Taganrog Russia,Toulouse France, 21 November 2005 - EADS Test & Services, leader of testing Western aircraft, and Beta Air, leader of testing Russian aircraft, will combine their applications and technologies to bring joint test solutions to the Russian/CIS market. In a recently signed Memorandum of Agreement, the two companies agreed to develop common solutions based on Beta Air's ATE-200 and EADS' ATEC Series 6. These test solutions will meet the maintenance needs of local airlines that are currently acquiring an increasing number of Western aircraft. Implementation is planned to start early next year. Beta Air's ATE-200 is the world's only station capable of testing Russian aircraft equipment. The ATEC Series 6 from EADS Test & Services is the world leading test equipment for civil avionics; it is in service worldwide with all major airlines and maintenance organizations.

Beta Air is a member of Irkut Corporation - one of Russia's largest and most prominent aerospace companies with 14,000 employees, profits of 57 million euros on an annual turnover of 517 million euros. Founded in 1991, Beta Air is now a Research and Development centre working on electronics both for the aviation industry and general applications. Beta Air is also Russia's main manufacturer of ARINC-608A compliant testing equipment - the ATE-200 Automated Test Equipment.

The world leader in Automatic Test Equipment for commercial avionics, EADS Test & Services, a wholly owned subsidiary of the EADS Defence & Security Division (DS), proposes a line of systems and services for the test of electronic, optronic and radar equipment installed in airliners, military aircraft, helicopters, tanks, missiles and weapon systems.

DS, with revenues of about 5.4 billion Euro in 2004 and roughly 23,000 employees across ten nations, forms the defence and security pillar within EADS. It offers integrated systems solutions to the new challenges confronting armed forces and homeland security units. It is active in the areas of military aircraft, missile systems, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) systems with manned and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), battlefield management systems, defence electronics, sensors and avionics, and related services.

EADS is a global leader in aerospace, defence and related services. In 2004, EADS generated revenues of Euro 31.8 billion and employed a workforce of about 110,000.