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European Aeronautic Defence and Space Company

European Aeronautic Defence and Space Company (EADS) is a large European industrial consortium, whose primary members are Aerospatiale-Matra of France, Dornier and DaimlerChrysler Aerospace AG (DASA) of Germany, and Construcciones AeronŠuticas SA (CASA) of Spain. As of 2003, EADS employs more than 100,000 people at 70 production sites worldwide. Its main office is situated in Amsterdam.

The current CEO is Philippe Camus.

Table of contents
1 History and activities
2 Subdivisions
3 Shareholders (October 2002)
4 Criticism
5 External links

History and activities

EADS was formed by its member companies in July 2000, to become the world's second largest aerospace company (after Boeing). EADS is also the second-largest European arms manufacturer. The company develops and markets civil and military aircraft, as well as missiles, space rockets, and related systems.

In November 2003, EADS announced that it was considering working with Japanese companies, and the Japanese METI, to develop a hypersonic airliner intended to be a larger, faster, and quieter, replacement for the Concorde, which was retired in October the same year.

EADS is a major contributor to the International Space Station, and is expected to deliver the Columbus Laboratory Module in 2004 through its subdivision EADS Space Transportation.

Subdivisions

Shareholders (October 2002)

Criticism

Like any large industrial conglomerate which manufactures weaponry, EADS has been subjected to criticism. Alleged wrongdoings include:

External links