The military test and measurement market has entered a new phase with the news that EADS Test & Services has acquired IFR, based in Blagnac near Toulouse, France. The company specializes in software systems for aircraft management and Maintenance Information Systems in particular. Under the agreement IFR will become a 100 percent subsidiary, with the managing director of EADS Test & Services France, Jean Perrot, becoming its new chairman. IFR’s managing director will be Nicolas Brosseau, who was formerly vice managing director of the company. In 2005, the new subsidiary generated revenues of €4.7 M and currently employs 58 people. Through this acquisition, EADS Test & Services intends to extend its product line to include Maintenance Information Systems, thereby coupling its test systems with logistics information systems that are increasingly used by fleet operators.

By using IFR’s AMASIS system, which has already been selected by the French Navy and the French police for the support of their helicopters, EADS Test & Services will be able to design global support and services solutions for the commercial and military aerospace markets. Also, as part of the EADS Group, IFR will have more direct access to defense and commercial markets, which should facilitate its development.