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OEM Defence Services now fully operational

15/06/2009

Paris Air Show, 15 June 2009 – OEM Defence Services is pleased to announce that the company is now fully operational – one year after the agreement was signed by Diehl Aerospace, Liebherr-Aerospace, Safran, Thales and Zodiac Aerospace.

OEM Defence Services, which was formally registered in France in October 2008, represents an alliance of major European equipment manufacturers that provides integrated industrial support solutions to meet the specific needs of national armed forces.

The OEM Defence Services offer is mainly based on an “Equipment Availability” model that facilitates successful aircraft operations for end-users. This offer provides a consistent, enduring and comprehensive cost effective Equipment Availability service aimed at optimal aircraft fleet availability, which may be outsourced to a prime provider. This concept is shifting logistic support risks to the equipment service supplier.

Backed by an efficient industrial base of shareholders and associated partners, OEM Defence Services proposes a cooperative model that synergistically provides service-oriented activities. It covers on-site customer air base tasks, and management of the complete supply chain, including transport and the management of stock and spares. This
organization brings further added value to customers through management of obsolescence and risks that prevent accumulated risks and provide mitigation at each appropriate level.

While OEM Defence Services was initially designed to provide innovative support contracts for a wide range of equipment and systems onboard the NH90 and Tiger helicopters and the A400M military transport aircraft, the service offer and equipment availability commitment it proposes matches Contractor Logistic Support requirements needed for other fleets in service.

OEM Defence Services is an open structure, which can be joined by other OEMs and partners aiming to provide support solutions for enhanced equipment availability. The service offer has been marketed and promoted to state organizations in various European countries and to the aircraft manufacturers. It has been well received in the context of military budget constraints that are leading to new approaches in logistic support.

The contractual mode offered by OEM Defence Services drastically simplifies processes from a customer point of view as it has made it possible to manage one contract that covers a full range of equipment.

Notes to editors:
OEM Defence Services support a wide range of equipment, developed and produced by the following OEM
(Original Equipment Manufacturer) companies:
- Diehl Aerospace GmbH*
- Liebherr-Aerospace SAS*:, Liebherr-Aerospace Toulouse SAS, Liebherrr-Aerospace Lindenberg GmbH*
- Safran Group*
- Thales Group*
- Zodiac Aerospace Group: Zodiac Services Europe SAS* , Intertechnique SAS, ECE, IN-LHC, AVOX Systems,
IN-Services SA, Precilec
* OEM Defence Services shareholders

About Diehl Aerospace
Diehl Aerospace is a European first tier system supplier for military and commercial aircraft. The company offers military applications as well as solutions and functions for the equipment from cockpit to cabin with the focus on avionics and utility systems, cabin lighting, cabin safety, cabin management, power conversion and distribution. As a reliable partner of the aircraft manufacturers Diehl Aerospace stands for high-quality and innovative products in the field of aircraft sub-systems and is engaged in the newest commercial and military transport aircraft programs. In the military segment Diehl Aerospace plays a decisive role in the European cooperation for the development and supply of equipment and systems for the Eurofighter, A400M, Tiger and NH90.
Press contact: Guido van Geenen
- Tél: +49 69 58 05 1724
- Email: guido.vangeenen@diehl-aerospace.de
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About Liebherr-Aerospace
Liebherr is a leading supplier of systems for the aviation industry. Liebherr-Aerospace SAS, Toulouse (France), is one of nine divisional control companies of the Liebherr Group. It leads all activities in the aerospace and transportation technology sectors. With over four decades of experience, Liebherr is a leading supplier of systems for the aviation industry. Its civil and military aviation product range includes flight control and actuation systems, hydraulic systems, landing gear and air management systems. Liebherr systems are deployed in wide-bodied aircraft, commuter and regional aircraft, business jets, combat aircraft, military transporters and training aircraft, and civil and military helicopters.
Liebherr's Aerospace and Transportation Systems division employs over 3,700 people. Its three production sites for aviation systems are located in Lindenberg (Germany), Toulouse (France) and Guaratinguetá (Brazil). Liebherr-Aerospace offers worldwide service with these production facilities and further offices in Saline (Michigan, USA), Seattle (Washington, USA), Wichita (Kansas, USA), Montreal (Canada), Hamburg (Germany), Moscow (Russia), Singapore, Shanghai (China), and Dubai (UAE). A new Liebherr production site is currently under construction in Nizhny Novgorod (Russia).
Press contact: Ute Braam
– Tel: +49 83 81 46 44 03
– Email: ute.braam@liebherr.com
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About Safran
SAFRAN is an international high-technology group with leadership positions in its core businesses of aerospace propulsion, aircraft equipment, and defense security. The SAFRAN Group employs about 54,000 people in over 30 countries and generates revenue of more than €10 billion. It comprises many companies with prestigious brand names and holds, alone or in partnership, global or European leadership positions in its markets. SAFRAN is listed on NYSE Euronext Paris and its share is included in the SBF 120 and Euronext 100 indices.
Press contact: Catherine Malek
- Tel: +33 (0)1 40 60 80 28
- Email: catherine.malek@safran.fr
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About Thales
Thales is a global technology leader for the Aerospace, Space, Defence, Security and Transportation markets. In 2008, the company generated revenues of 12.7 billion euros with 68,000 employees in 50 countries. With its 25,000 engineers and researchers, Thales has a unique capability to design, develop and deploy equipment, systems and services that meet the most complex security requirements. Thales has an exceptional international footprint, with operations around the world working with customers as local partners.
www.thalesgroup.com
Press contact: Natasha Harvey
- Tel: +33 1 34 81 40 50
- Email: natasha.harvey@fr.thalesgroup.com
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About Zodiac Aerospace
Zodiac Aerospace is a major supplier of aerospace equipment and systems. The Group generated revenues of 2 billion euros in 2007/2008, with 18,000 employees. Zodiac Aerospace holds world-leader positions in its three main business areas: Aerosafety & Telemetry Systems, Onboard Aircraft Systems and Cabin Interiors.
Within Zodiac Aerospace, Zodiac Services provides a global solution to support Zodiac Aerospace equipment throughout the world, while being closer to customers.
www.zodiacaerospace.com
Press contact: Elodie Rousseau
– Tel: +33 1 64 86 69 12
– Email: elodie.rousseau@zodiacaerospace.com

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