MTU Aero Engines expands Saudi business

Cooperation on RB199 DECU2020 engine control unit agreed on at Paris Air Show

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MTU Aero Engines is preparing to offer an upgrade program to Royal Saudi Air Force (RSAF) engine control units. Today, at the 2007 Paris Air Show at Le Bourget, the company signed a cooperation agreement with Diehl Aerospace GmbH and Saudi Arabia's Advanced Electronics Company Ltd. (AEC) to the effect that should the RSAF accept the MTU offer for the RSAF engines to be equipped with the new DECU2020 digital engine control unit, AEC will be a co-production partner to produce and assemble major electronic components, repair them and provide customer services to the RSAF. MTU is the prime contractor for the DECU2020, including its software, while Diehl is responsible for the design of the hardware, including production and repair.

"Should MTU be successful in its offer, this cooperative venture will be the first time MTU and Diehl place directly contracts in Saudi Arabia, transfering the necessary know-how, help creating jobs and establishing in Saudi Arabia a full in-country support infrastructure for the DECU2020", explained Dr. Stefan Weingartner, MTU Senior Vice President, defense programs, who signed the agreement on behalf of his company. Signing for Diehl were Dr. Gerardo Walle, Vice President Business Segment Commercial Aircraft, and for AEC, Dr. Ghassan A. Al-Shibl, President & CEO.

MTU ranks as a leading specialist for engine control and monitoring systems, having proved its competency in the field on such engines as the RB199 for the Tornado, EJ200 for the Eurofighter Typhoon and MTR390-E for the Tiger helicopter. Also on the TP400-D6 to power the emerging A400M military transport the company shares responsibility for the engine control unit with its French partner Snecma.

With a workforce of 7,100 people globally, MTU Aero Engines is Germany's leading engine manufacturer and a major player in the business. It is the country's industrial lead company for practically all engines flown by the German armed forces. Having carved out leading positions in engine technologies, the company excels especially in high-pressure compressor and low-pressure turbine technologies, engine control units and innovative manufacturing and repair techniques. In fiscal 2006, the company had 2.4 billion euros in sales.
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