EADS military division to remain Spanish run

8th April 2009, Comments 0 comments

Despite being integrated into aeronautics giant Airbus, the headquarters of EADS will remain in Madrid and be headed by a Spaniard.

MADRID – The military division of European aerospace group EADS will remain in Madrid be and headed by a Spaniard following its integration into aeronautics giant Airbus, the Spanish government said Tuesday.

The European Aeronautic Defence and Space Company announced in December plans to integrate its Military Transport Aircraft Division (MTAD) into its Airbus commercial aircraft subsidiary. MTAD would then be known as Airbus Military.

The plan would put Airbus in direct control of MTAD's troubled A400M military transport programme.

But the proposal has irked Madrid, which fears a dilution of its influence in the group and a potential loss of jobs amid the economic crisis.

On Tuesday, Spanish Industry Minister Miguel Sebastian met with EADS chief executive Louis Gallois, Airbus chief executive Tom Enders and the Spanish head of MTAD, Domingo Urena to "analyse the integration process," the industry ministry said in a statement.

"Airbus Military will keep its headquarters in Madrid and be headed by a Spaniard who will report to the chief executive of Airbus," it said.

Airbus Military would also "attempt to increase efficiency, simplify internal and external relations and optimise resources."

In February, EADS replaced MTAD chief Carlos Suarez with Urena amid reports he had clashed with Enders over the integration plan.

AFP / Expatica

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