• €6 billion of orders received
• A transformation programme and €450 million invested to prepare for the future
Les Mureaux, 12 January 2011 - “Airbus Defence and Space is actively preparing for the future. We have invested nearly €450 million in 2010 and are ready to take on the space programmes of tomorrow,” declared Airbus Defence and Space CEO François Auque when presenting the AIRBUS Group New Year wishes on the Airbus Defence and Space site at Les Mureaux.
Preliminary turnover stands at €5 billion, representing an increase of around 4% compared to 2009 despite a difficult economic situation.
Excluding an exceptional order of 35 Ariane launchers in 2009, the €6 billion of orders received in 2010 represents an increase of 43%, taking the order book to €15.8 billion.
In 2010, Airbus Defence and Space racked up a series of achievements:
- Six Ariane 5 rockets were successfully launched, including three in two months!
- 10 satellites were delivered
- Contracts for nine satellites were signed: three for telecommunications and six for Earth observation
- Delivery of M51 missiles for the ballistic missile submarine ‘Le Terrible’
Transform in 2011 to meet the challenges of the future
The launch of the ATV 2 planned for 15 February will once again illustrate Europe’s space expertise. “We will actively help ESA maximise European use of the International Space Station and exploit the technologies developed for the ATV in designing new vehicles,” said François Auque.
Airbus Defence and Space must also maintain its global leadership in the export of Earth observation satellites, win the new Galileo invitation to tender and make a full contribution to the European Commission’s GMES programme.
“In services, the orders we received have almost tripled compared to 2009. We hope that the ongoing tender for a public–private partnership for military telecommunications for the French armed forces will take account of our long experience with both the British and German Defence Ministries,” explained François Auque.
This desire to pave the way for the future involves a transformation of Airbus Defence and Space, which will need to become even more reactive in order to face up to its changing environment.
The AGILE (Ambitious, Globally growing, Innovative, Lean and Entrepreneurial) plan will enable Airbus Defence and Space employees to make proposals and submit initiatives that in turn will enable the company’s managers to work with greater independence, through a streamlining of the decision-making processes. “Airbus Defence and Space must get even closer to its customers,” concluded François Auque.
About Airbus Defence and Space
Airbus Defence and Space, a wholly owned subsidiary of AIRBUS Group, is dedicated to providing civil and defence space systems and services. In 2009, Airbus Defence and Space had a turnover of €4.8 billion and more than 15,000 employees in France, Germany, the United Kingdom, Spain and the Netherlands. Its three main areas of activity are Airbus Defence and Space for launchers and orbital infrastructure, Airbus Defence and Space for spacecraft and ground segment, and Airbus Defence and Space for comprehensive end-to-end value-added solutions covering secure and commercial satcoms and networks, high security satellite communications equipment, bespoke geo-information and navigation services worldwide.
AIRBUS Group is a global leader in aerospace, defence and related services. In 2009, the Group – comprising Airbus, Airbus Defence and Space, Cassidian and Eurocopter – generated revenues of €42.8 billion and employed a workforce of more than 119,000.
Daniel Mosely (Airbus Defence and Space UK) Tel.: +44 (0)1438 778180
Matthieu Duvelleroy (Airbus Defence and Space FR) Tel.: +33 (0)1 77 75 80 32
Ralph Heinrich (Airbus Defence and Space GER) Tel.: +49 (0)89 607 33971
Francisco Lechón (Airbus Defence and Space SP) Tel.: +34 91 586 37 41