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EADS signs contract with Vietnamese government for the supply of a satellite-based environmental and natural resources monitoring system

- Reaffirmation of EADS’ leadership in ground systems for satellite remote sensing
– The first operational integrated remote sensing system to include major civil applications and risk prevention
– The most comprehensive project in Asia in terms of creating a monitoring infrastructure for land use management

Paris, 7 July 2005

EADS Defence and Communications Systems (DCS) has just signed a
contract worth 19.3 million euros with the Vietnamese Ministry of
Natural Resources and the Environment for the turnkey provision of a
complete environmental and natural resources monitoring system, to be
operated by the national Centre for Remote Sensing in Vietnam.

The integrated system to be supplied by
EADS DCS consists of a receiving station for satellite images from SPOT
and ENVISAT, a centre for the processing and distribution of images,
and 15 specialised application systems for operational and research
purposes. These systems will be installed on the premises of the main
public operators, namely Vietnamese ministries and other project
partners such as the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, the
Ministry of Fisheries, the Ministry of Natural Resources and the
Environment, the national civil defence agency and the Vietnam
Petroleum Institute.

The fifteen applications will be employed
in such activities as risk prevention and support for emergency rescue
services, the observation and planning of agricultural land use for the
cultivation of major crops including rice, the surveillance of maritime
and coastal zones, research in connection with the preservation of
resources in inland waters and forests, and geological studies for the
petroleum and mining industries.

The project is expected to last 3 years,
including installation of the system, training, technical assistance, a
variety of pilot projects in each field of application, and assisting
the system’s future owners with the development of their national
centre for remote sensing.

It is one of the most comprehensive and
innovative projects of its type ever to have been launched in Asia, and
forms the extension of a scientific and technological co-operation
agreement in the field of remote sensing that was concluded between
France and Vietnam in 1990, in which EADS has always played a key
partnership role.

The Defence and Communications Systems
(DCS) Business Unit is the “Systems House” of EADS and is an integrated
part of the EADS Defence & Security Systems Division (DS)”

EADS Defence and Security Systems, with
revenues of about € 5.4 billion in 2004 and roughly 24,000 employees
across ten nations, forms the defence pole 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.

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

Press contacts:

Brigitte Faure

EADS Defence and Communications Systems

78063 Saint Quentin Yvelines Cédex France

Phone: +33 (0)

Fax: + 33 (0)1 34 60 81 12

Michael Meissner

EADS Defence and Communications Systems

81663 München, Germany

Phone: +49 89 607 34850

Fax: +49 89 607 34801

(Credits EADS Space)