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14 Oct 03. EADS has established a Russian Technology Office in Moscow as part of its corporate research organisation. Additionally, EADS and the Russian Academy of Sciences announced on Tuesday that they had signed an agreement outlining opportunities to work together on technical cooperation.

EADS innovation policy is based on a high level of cooperation with external scientific and applied research organisations. Russia is seen by EADS as an important partner with increasing significance. Establishing the technology office in the Russian capital is also in line with the EADS regional strategy for Russia. The new Technology Office underlines the importance EADS is placing on increasing its presence here and expanding cooperation with industrial, scientific and technological research partners. EADS Vice President Marc Strechinsky (57) has been appointed by EADS to lead the operations of the Russian Technology Office.

The main responsibility of the Russian Technology Office is to facilitate cooperation with the Russian research and development community and be the EADS focal point for projects with all potential Russian partners. The Technology Office is integrated into the overall activities in Russia and acts on behalf of the EADS Corporate Research Centre as well as the EADS business units.

EADS’ cooperation projects of EADS with Russian partners, enabled through the Technology Office, have already started in the areas of materials and processes, software development as well as mathematical computations and modelling.

Jean-Louis Gergorin, member of the EADS Executive Committee, EADS Executive Vice-President for Strategic Coordination, and Academician Yevgeni P. Velikhov, Member of the Presidium of the Russian Academy of Sciences and Chairman of the Council of the International Institute for Advanced Systems (MNIIPU) signed a partnership agreement for research and development cooperation, making EADS an associated member of MNIIPU. This cooperation will allow EADS to leverage on additional resources available through the Academy of Sciences for technical objectives on a subject-by-subject basis. The Russian Academy of Sciences in its turn will be able to work closely with various EADS research centres and business units. Since the Academy represents the interests of the Russian Federation, cooperating with the largest European aerospace and defence company will benefit Russia’s scientific, industrial and technological development.

The Russian Academy of Sciences is the largest research organisation in the country and from the beginning it has been focused on basic and applied research. Now the Academy of Sciences has more than 400 affiliated institutes spread over the entire country.

For more than a decade, Russian Institutes have been cooperating successfully with various organisations that are now part of EADS, such as the commercial aircraft and space divisions. “We expect that the Russian Technology Office and our partnership with the Russian Academy of Sciences will boost our research and technology activities” said Daniel Deviller, EADS Chief Technology Officer. “Russia has a long track record of excellence in science. The recent nobel prize awarded to Alexey Abrikosov and Vitaly Ginzburg just confirms the well-known fact that Russia is a major force in research and technology. EADS is very experienced in implementing leading-edge technology in best-selling products. Both sides will benefit from our research partnership and keep their position at the forefront of aerospace technology together.”

Academician Ye.P. Velikhov said, “EADS and the Russian Academy of Sciences, in a rather short interval, worked out a specific cooperation mechanism that will facilitate efficient implementation of joint projects. The priority today is to make it work smoothly and carefully define the points of common interest. This will be done by the joint working group that has been appointed to draft the General Cooper

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