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European Aeronautic Defence and Space Company - EADS

With the merger of the French Aerospatiale Matra S.A. (Paris), the Spanish Construcciones AeronŠuticas S.A. (CASA, Madrid) and the German DaimlerChrysler Aerospace AG (Dasa, Munich), Europe's largest aerospace company was formed on 10 July 2000: the European Aeronautic Defence and Space Company, also known by its acronym EADS. The activities of the three founder companies in the areas of Airbus, aeronautics (military aircraft, helicopters, regional aircraft), military transport aircraft, defence and space have been concentrated in the new company. EADS will be a company according dutch law (N.V.).

EADS has organised its various business activities into five divisions - Airbus, Military Transport Aircraft, Aeronautics, Defence and Civil Systems and Space. In the Defence and Civil Systems Division, Dasa and Aerospatiale hold equal shares in the Euromissile company, which develops and produces the antitank systems HOT and Milan and also the short range antiaircraft system Roland. Under the roof of the Euromissile Dynamics Group G.I.E., in which Dasa, Aerospatiale Matra and BAE Systems each hold a one third share, the antitank guided missile systems Trigat MR and Trigat LR are undergoing development.

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