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21 January 2015
21. January 2015 Defence and Space

Airbus Defence and Space: 2014 – a year full of successes


29 aircraft and 14 satellites ordered

A historic year for space activities with Ariane 6 up and running and the creation of Airbus Safran Launchers

François Auque, President of Airbus Defence and Space France, and Head of Space Systems, presented his New Year’s wishes to the press on 20th January 2014 in Paris, in the company of Jean-Marc Nasr, Executive Director of Airbus Defence and Space France. After 2014, a year crowned with commercial and technological successes, the company starts 2015 stronger than ever, focused on its core businesses and resolutely targeting its markets.

“2014 was an important year for Airbus Defence and Space: with 29 aircraft and 14 satellites, our order book is extremely satisfactory. In particular thanks to the delivery of six A400M Atlas and the notification of the M51.3 contract, we consolidated our position as the leading supplier and thus as a trusted partner of the French Defence forces,” said François Auque, President of Airbus Defence and Space France, and Head of Space Systems. “Furthermore, 2014 was a historic year for our space activities: Ariane 6 is now well on track, Airbus Safran Launchers has been established, and we made history with Rosetta, for which we were prime contractor!”

First key figures of 2014
•    Orders taken: 28 light and medium-capacity transport aircraft, 1 A330 MRTT, 14 satellites.
•    Order backlog: 163 A400M, 30 light and medium aircraft, 13 A330 MRTT, 39 satellites.
•    Reorganisation: new organisation set up in just six months, around 38,000 staff integrated, a single head office instead of three.

Encouraging international success stories
•    A330 MRTT: 5 aircrafts delivered; a new customer with the order from France; selected by Qatar.
•    A400M: 9 deliveries (including 3 new countries – Germany, United Kingdom, Turkey), successful flight trials of new capabilities (refuelling, airdropping, etc.).
•    Eurofighter: contract (1 billion euros) for the E-scan radar.
•    Geo-information: commercial launch of WorldDEM and SPOT 7 (optical constellation now complete and operational).
•    Cybersecurity: launch of a new network protection solution (Stormshield) and a new attack detection sensor (Keelback Net).

More than ever, Airbus Defence and Space is the number one partner for the French Defence forces
•    6 deliveries of the A400M Atlas and the first of the 12 French A330 MRTT Phenix orders.
•    Notification of the M51.3 contract (ballistic missile).
•    Notification of contracts to maintain MALE (Harfang) and mini-UAV (DRAC) capability.
•    Renewal of pilot training support contracts.
•    Construction of the CSO/Musis (military optical reconnaissance) satellites and the Athena-Fidus (telecom) ground.
•    CERES (electromagnetic intelligence): definition in progress.

A historic year in space for Airbus Defence and Space
–    world number 2 in space technologies,
–    world’s leading exporter of Earth observation satellites,
–    world number 2 for telecommunication satellites,
–    champion of high- electrical propulsion.
… and prime contractor for Rosetta!

•    Development of Ariane 6 for ESA and successful creation of Airbus Safran Launchers.
•    Selected by the European Space Agency (ESA) as prime contractor for the European Service Module (ESM) for the American Orion capsule for NASA.
•    10 Earth observation and science satellites (6 Metop-SG for ESA/Eumetsat; PeruSat-1; 2 Falcon Eye; Cheops) contracts signed.
•    6 launches of Ariane 5 (63 successful launches in a row in 12 years) and 7 satellites launched.
•    Deployment of the Copernicus user ground segment: 7 centres deployed, first data accessible to users.
•    ATV5: perfect launch and mission, making the ATV programme a total success.
•    After delivery to orbit, Gaia has started to map the Milky Way, successful completion of the Venus Express mission after 8 years in orbit.
•    Spaceplane: dynamic flight testing off the coast of Singapore.


About Airbus Defence and Space

Airbus Defence and Space is a division of Airbus Group formed by combining the business activities of Cassidian, Astrium and Airbus Military. The new division is Europe’s number one defence and space enterprise, the second largest space business worldwide and among the top ten global defence enterprises. It employs some 38,000 employees generating revenues of approximately €14 billion per year.

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