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Dassault Aviation - Joint Unmanned Air System Programme Named as Telemos

June 8, 2011 - Saint-cloud Cedex 300, France

BAE Systems and Dassault Aviation have further strengthened theirrelationshipby announcing Telemos as the name of the programme that will deliver theirjointresponse to meet the United Kingdom and French Governments requirementfor anext generation Medium Altitude Long Endurance (MALE) Unmanned AircraftSystem(UAS).

In Greek mythology, Telemos was the prophetic son of Eurymos, known forhavingthe vision and foresight to warn Polyphemus about an attack by Odysseus.

The two companies will jointly present the capabilities thatunderpin theTelemos programme at the Paris Air Show from June 20th - 26th.

Following the signing of an exclusive Memorandum of Understanding (MOU)betweenthe two companies earlier this year, the Telemos programme will ensurethat theconsiderable end-to-end systems capabilities of both BAE Systems andDassaultare successfully brought together to deliver a joint proposal to theUK andFrench Ministries of Defence for the design, development, production andsupportof a MALE UAS that will help safeguard the sovereign capability of theUK andFrance in the future.

Eric Trappier, Executive Vice President International at DassaultAviationcommented: "We believe that Dassault Aviation and BAE Systems are theonlycompanies with the experience, skills and capabilities to meet therequirementsof our two Governments and the strong Telemos team will ensure that weprovidethe capability they are looking for, whilst assisting thesustainment ofsovereign industrial capabilities which both governments haveinvested indeveloping. The key thing we need now is the political decision totransformthis process into the first firm activity under the franco-britishtreaty ondefense co-operation."

Peter Richardson, Strategy and Technology Director for BAE SystemsMilitary Airand Information said: "Since the signing of the MOU earlier this year wehavecontinued to work together to ensure that, as soon as the twogovernmentsformally launch their requirement, we are well placed to develop thefuturefrontline capability they require. We have already set up a joint team andwilllook to strengthen this with other leading industry players to ensurethat theTelemos programme will develop a cost-effective autonomous systemin therequired timescales."

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For more information, please contact:

Stephane Fort
Dassault Aviation
Tel: +33 (0) 1 47 11 86 90
Email Contact

Lesley Dobson
BAE Systems
Tel: +44 (0)1772 852052
Mob: +44 (0)7801 717289
Email Contact

Issued by:

Dassault Aviation
92552 Saint-Cloud Cedex, France
Tel: +33 (0)1 47 11 40 00

BAE Systems
Farnborough, Hampshire GU14 6YU, UK
Tel: +44 (0)1252 384719
Fax: +44 (0)1252 383947


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