EADS and BAE: Bosses urge political support for merger
1 October 2012 Last updated at 23:20 BST
The bosses of BAE Systems and EADS have issued a joint appeal for support for their proposed $45bn (£28bn) merger.
The statement by Ian King and Tom Enders, published in UK, French and German newspapers, come as the defence and aerospace firms seek a tie-up.
They also need political support for the deal as France and Germany are keen to maintain their interests in EADS.
The deal faced another setback on Monday when Lagardere, a key EADS shareholder, expressed reservations.
The BBC's industry correspondent John Moylan reports.