Hellenic Defence Systems S.A. (EBO-PYRKAL) or EAS is a manufacturing group of companies, which was established in 2004 by the merging of:
- “Greek Powder & Cartridge Company SA” better known as PYRKAL.
PYRKAL was founded in 1874 and for almost 140 years has been engaged in the manufacture of small, medium and large caliber ammunition, all suitable for use, by NATO’s Land, Naval and Air weapon systems.
- “Hellenic Arms Industry SA” better known as EBO.
EBO was founded in 1977 and it has been engaged in the manufacture of infantry weapons, mortars, weapon and missile systems, propelling powders and charges for medium to large caliber ammunition as well as external payloads for aircrafts.
EAS’s main shareholder is the Hellenic State represented by the Hellenic Ministry of Finance and as of this, EAS is a State owned company.