Airbus Defence and Space

Airbus Defence and Space selected to help define missile defence system for NATO

• Contract awarded for the definition of a systems architecture to protect NATO territories against the threat posed by ballistic missiles
• Airbus Defence and Space has been working with NATO on ballistic missile defence for more than ten years (since July 2001)

Paris, 27 September 2011 – Airbus Defence and Space has been selected by the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) to define the first step of the systems architecture for its territorial ballistic missile defence programme.

The contract follows on from the decision taken at the Lisbon Summit in November 2010 to provide NATO with an additional capability to protect Europe. The contract involves defining within a year the requirements to expand the existing theatre missile defence into a territory ballistic missile defence.

NATO signed this initial contract under its territorial missile defence programme on 20 September 2011 with a consortium led by the American company SAIC. The contract is worth €2.5 million.

Airbus Defence and Space, the European leader in space systems and technologies, is a member of the industry team selected by NATO to implement the initial definition phase of its ballistic missile programme.

Airbus Defence and Space has been a key player in NATO’s ballistic missile defence programme since July 2001. The company is uniquely qualified for this role by virtue of its long experience and unrivalled expertise in the field of ballistic missile warfare in Europe, both as prime contractor for the ballistic missiles deployed by the French deterrent forces and through its space rendezvous knowhow acquired in connection with the ATV space cargo vessel.

In anticipation of future operational requirements, Airbus Defence and Space has developed a family of exoatmospheric interceptors, named Exoguard, in an effort to advance technological research in a wide range of analysis techniques, from threat evaluation and weapon assignment to detailed modelling and simulation and vector and interception vehicle architectures.


About Airbus Defence and Space

Airbus Defence and Space is the number one company in Europe for space technologies and a wholly owned subsidiary of AIRBUS Group, dedicated to providing civil and defence space systems and services.

In 2010, Airbus Defence and Space had a turnover of €5 billion and more than 15,000 employees worldwide, mainly 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 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 2010, the Group – comprising Airbus, Airbus Defence and Space, Cassidian and Eurocopter – generated revenues of € 45.8 billion and employed a workforce of nearly 122,000.


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Francisco Lechón (Airbus Defence and Space SP)                                                 Tel.: +34 91 586 37 41