Robonic to Deliver Launcher to EADS

Robonic Ltd of Tampere, Finland, has signed a contract to deliver a third of the new series of launchers to EADS Deutschland GmbH. Two previous of the series were delivered last summer and see service in various parts of the world presently. The launchers will see service with EADS’ target services a continuously growing part of the company’s operations. “The delivery of the third launcher demonstrates the close cooperation between the two companies and our ability to deliver reliable world class launchers for demanding clients. One of the keys in the launcher is its large launch envelope and the possibility to launch at high take-off velocities. Furthermore the launcher is designed for rapid deployment and rapid reload, which can be done in few minutes. Additionally one of the design criteria was that the launcher would fit into a 20 foot sea container”, said Juha Moisio, Managing Director of Robonic Ltd. The launcher is the same as offered to the UK for the CATS programme and thus is designed to accommodate multiple requirements of the customer. Robonic is offering the same design concept and similar systems to other UAV manufacturers and suppliers. Information to editors: Robonic Ltd Oy, based in Tampere, Finland, is an independent engineering company with a twenty year track record of pneumatic UAV launching technology. It has previously delivered launchers to the Dutch Armed Forces for target purposes and to the Finnish Defence Forces for both reconnaissance and target purposes Robonic provides a complete product range for UAVs with launch weights from 50kg to 1,000kg, and up to a maximum launching power of 8,500kW. Robonic launcher systems see use both with propeller and jet engine high-performance target UAVs. Modular designs cover all the main applications, including trailer- and truck- mounted, semi-mobile and fully stationary concepts. Robonic has this year delivered a new small scale launcher for the Finnish Defence Forces for target purposes. Information about EADS EADS Defence and Security Systems, with revenues of about EUR 5.4 billion in 2004 and roughly 24,000 employees across ten nations, forms the defence pole within EADS. It offers integrated systems solutions to the new challenges confronting armed forces and homeland security units. It is active in the areas of military aircraft, missile systems, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) systems with manned and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), battlefield management systems, defence electronics, sensors and avionics, and related services. EADS is a global leader in aerospace, defence and related services. In 2004, EADS generated revenues of EUR 31.8 billion and employed a workforce of about 110,000. The target activities of EADS include the development and production of twin jet driven target drones such as DO-DT25 and DO-DT35, as well as the tow target DO-SK6 family and radar miss distance indicators. For further information on Robonic Ltd Oy Juha Moisio Tel: +358 (0)3 366 4923 Mobile: +44 (0)40 751 6363 For further information on EADS Aerial Target Systems please contact: Susanne Hartwein Tel: +49 (0)731 392-1757

Source: Robonic
Date: May 21, 2005

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