EADS is a global leader in aerospace, defence, security and related services. The Group includes the aircraft manufacturer Airbus, the world's largest helicopter supplier Eurocopter and EADS Astrium, the European leader in space programmes from Ariane to Galileo. EADS also develops the A400M through its Military Transport Aircraft Division. In 2007, EADS generated revenues of € 39.1 billion and employed a workforce of about 116,000.
EADS Defence & Security – Networking the Future
The EADS Defence & Security (DS) Division is the defence and security pillar within EADS, driving the Group's development of integrated system solutions for armed forces and civil security world-wide. The DS portfolio ranges from sensors and secure networks through missiles to aircraft and Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) as well as global security, service and support solutions.
By recognising the need to be mission-critical and security oriented, DS is preparing its military and civil customers to meet their new global challenges – be it land-based, ship- or airborne.
In 20071, DS – with around 22,000 employees – achieved revenues of € 5.5 billion an an EBIT of € 340 million. The order intake 2007 amounted to € 7.5 billion while the total order backlog added up to € 17.9 billion.
Defence Electronics' integrated activities
Defence Electronics (DE), the Electronics House of EADS Defence & Security, develops and manufactures sensors, avionics and electronic warfare systems for military and security applications. All DE solutions are adapted to meet the changing priorities of security and military forces: command and control capability, reconnaissance, mobility, efficiency in operation, protection of own forces. Its aim is to provide the customer with high-end products based on key technologies and reliability.
Equipment which is foreseen for safety critical operation both in civil and military avionic applications (e. g. Flight Control) are developed according DO254 regulations. Certification issues according to RTCA - DO254 standards are becoming a key requirement. Especially systems in military aircrafts and UAV's are fully affected by this trend.
EADS Defense Electronic is one of the leading electronic equipment supplier for military aircraft platforms and has therefore the need to analyse, investigate and develop in an early phase safety critical elements on architectures, technologies, methodologies, tools, and IP building blocks on SoC.