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Raytheon, Konigsberg, Ericsson Seek Estonian Air Defense Missile Work

By | June 19, 2006

      Raytheon Co. [RTN], Konigsberg Defense [KGBC.OB] and Ericsson [ERICY] will seek a contract that Estonia will award for an air defense missile system, Raytheon announced.

      They will seek the contract for the Estonian Very Short Range Air Defense Missile System (VSHORADMS), a networked-enabled, air defense system for the protection of

      Estonian ground forces and other select strategic assets.

      This contractor group is called the Raytheon Nordic team.

      Raytheon Missile Systems of Tucson, Ariz., will serve as the prime contractor, and will provide the missiles and launchers for the air defense system and conduct the mission systems integration.

      Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace of Billingstad, Norway, will provide the C4I (command, control, communications, computers and intelligence systems).

      Ericsson Microwave Systems of Gothenburg, Sweden, will deliver the tracking and surveillance radar systems.

      The Estonian Ministry of Defense currently is reviewing the various competitive bids for the VSHORADMS, and the Estonian government will decide on the contract sometime in late summer.

      “The Raytheon Nordic team can assure the Estonian customer that it is delivering a low-risk option through the integration of proven, off-the-shelf systems,” said Harald Annestad, vice president Kongsberg Defense & Aerospace. “Our open architecture enables interoperability and growth delivered from a team with a long-standing relationship, comprehensive air-defense experience and a unique understanding of the European defense customer.”

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