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Moving to the dollar zone attractive to EADS

According to this article at DefenseNews.com, EADS is looking at aggressively growing their North American division. Ideally they would like to become a company that builds complete systems in the US and then provides them to the Department of Defense. Currently their two biggest contracts, the UH-72A and KC-45, will see final assembly in the US while the majority of components are made in Europe or overseas. In a related story, here, EADS is complaining about the high exchange rate of the dollar to the Euro. EADS sells things mainly in dollars, but pays their European suppliers and employees in Euros. Any movement of production and labor to the US will allow them to utilize dollars for these costs. Read more

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P-8A flight trainer development contract awarded

Boeing has chosen CAE to build the prototype Operational Flight Trainer (OFT) for the P-8A Poseidon Long Range Maritime Patrol (LRMP) aircraft. See the press release here. The $11 M contract will be used to develop what seems to be a full motion simulator for operator training. Since the P-8A is a modified Boeing 737 I am sure the focus of the CAE work will be on sensor and weapon delivery.

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