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EADS, Northrop Hit Back, Deny EuroHawk Cost Claims

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EuroHawk GmbH, Northrop Grumman and EADS Statement on the Euro Hawk Program

(Source: Northrop Grumman Corporation; issued May 27, 2013)

FALLS CHURCH, Va. --- EuroHawk GmbH, Northrop Grumman Corporation and EADS have released the following statement on the Euro Hawk program:

"EuroHawk GmbH, Northrop Grumman and EADS remain fully committed to the Euro Hawk program of record, and the critical capabilities the system will provide the German armed forces and its allies.

"The full Euro Hawk system, including the mission control system and the sensor, has performed flawlessly and safely throughout the entire flight test program.

"Media reports that indicate there are challenges with the aircraft's flight control system, as well as excessive costs associated with completing airworthiness certification, are inaccurate.

"EuroHawk GmbH will continue to work with the customer to address any concerns they may have with the system; and the team will provide an affordable and achievable plan to complete flight testing of the initial asset and the eventual production and fielding of the full system of four additional aircraft."

Northrop Grumman is a leading global security company providing innovative systems, products and solutions in unmanned systems, cyber, C4ISR, and logistics and modernization to government and commercial customers worldwide. (ends)

EADS Source Says Germany Did Not Need to Scrap Drone Deal

(Source: Reuters; published May 28, 2013)

BERLIN --- Germany did not need to cancel the Euro Hawk reconnaissance drone project because it could have continued flying with preliminary aviation approval, a senior source at the European aerospace group EADS told Reuters on Tuesday.

Germany earlier this month scrapped plans to purchase the Euro Hawk drones, made by EADS and Northrop Grumman, because of the cost of meeting standards required to win aviation approval.

Its armed forces have one prototype Euro Hawk and were considering whether to purchase an additional four drones.

The source said EADS could not understand how the ministry came to estimate that meeting the standards required to win aviation approval would cost 500-600 million euros.

EADS did not expect any problems getting aviation approval for its Global Hawk drones for NATO, the source added.

(EDITOR’S NOTE: The German Ministry of Defense declined to comment on the statement from EADS and Northrop Grumman, Reuters reported separately.
The news agency also said that German “government documents put the additional costs of getting the airworthiness approval at around 500 million-600 million euros ($647-$776 million), without any guarantee that approval would be achieved.”
Germany had budgeted 1.2 billion euros for the purchase and development of the five EuroHawks, the prototype of which has been delivered.)