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BAE's U.S. unit to keep looking for M&A opportunities

WASHINGTON, Oct 10 (Reuters) - The U.S. unit of Britain'sBAE Systems Plc on Wednesday said it will continue topursue future merger and acquisition opportunities after thecollapse of the company's merger talks with Europe's EADS.

Brian Roehrkasse, spokesman for BAE's U.S. unit, said thecompany had a "clearly defined and understood strategy to whichit remains committed," and was well-positioned for a projecteddecline in U.S. military spending.

"We will continue to pursue growth opportunities in cyber,intelligence, security, electronics and internationalbusinesses," Roehrkasse said in an emailed message to Reuterswhen asked about the company's interest in future acquisitions.

Roehrkasse also noted that the proposed merger with EADSwould have been modest in size in the United States, where EADShas a relatively small footprint.

(Reporting by Andrea Shalal-Esa; Editing by Gary Hill)

((andrea.shalal-esa@thomsonreuters.com)(202-321-7839))

Keywords: EADS BAE/USA OPPORTUNITIES