Germany selects EADS, Siemens for multi-billion-dollar radio deal

The German interior ministry has awarded a contract worth billions of euros to EADS for the supply of unified digital radio network for the policy, fire and rescue services, according to an AFP report.

The report, quoting the ministry, also said electronics giant Siemens would be a sub-contractor.

The aim of the contract was to set up a unified digital radio system for the different rescue services in the country by the end of 2010 at the latest, the report said.

Motorola and German company T-Systems, a unit of Deutsche Telekom, had also bid for the contract, the report said.

EADS is a giant European aerospace and defense group that emerged in 2000 from the link-up of Germany's DaimlerChrysler Aerospace group, the French Aerospatiale Matra and CASA of Spain, the report further said.