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Saab Ericsson Space selected by Astrium to provide microwave equipment for
new Intelsat satellites

Saab Ericsson Space is to supply extensive microwave electronics for the
new Intelsat satellites, Intelsat-X, through subcontract with Astrium of
Toulouse. The spacecraft are being built to provide telecommunications
services over the Atlantic and will be located in the West Atlantic Ocean
Region. They are the largest and most powerful satellites ever procured by
Intelsat.

The contract with Astrium includes the responsibility of the development
and construction of the satellites' receivers for the C and Ku bands and
the order requires a total of 45 receivers to be delivered in 2001.

Saab Ericsson Space is a well-experienced designer and manufacturer of
microwave electronics for communications satellites and over the years
more than 60 satellites have been provided with equipment from the
company.

Saab Ericsson Space has a long relationship with Astrium and earlier
contracts include onboard computers for the Ariane and SPOT programmes as
well as numerous space equipment for ESA related programmes.

The Intelsat-X satellites, with a launch mass of 5 000 kg, are dedicated
to cover the North, Central, and South American continent, Western Europe
and Latin America. The satellites will be operational from summer 2002 and
the orbital lifetime is to be 13 years.

Saab Ericsson Space is an independent supplier of space equipment. The
company develops and manufactures computers, antenna systems, microwave
electronics and guidance and separation systems for launch vehicles,
satellites and other spacecraft.

The headquarters is located in Göteborg, Sweden, and there are
subsidiaries in Austria and the USA. Saab Ericsson Space employs 650
people.

Saab and Ericsson jointly own Saab Ericsson Space.

Saab is one of Northern Europe's leading high technology companies and
operates within the defense and aerospace areas offering leading-edge
products and systems built on sophisticated information technology.

Ericsson is the leading communications supplier, combining innovation in
mobility and Internet in creating the new era of Mobile Internet. Ericsson
provides total solutions covering everything from systems and applications
to mobile phones and other communications tools.

For further information, please contact:
Iréne Svensson, Communications Director: +46 31 735 4463
This information is also available at our web site www.space.se

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