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KBR building Aegis base in Romania

July 19, 2013 at 12:12 PM

HOUSTON, July 19 (UPI) -- The first U.S. land-based ballistic missile defense base in Europe is to be constructed in Romania by KBR.

The construction contract to build the facility at Romania's Deveselu Air Base was issued to the Texas-headquartered company by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Europe District, and is worth $134 million.

"This award demonstrates KBR's strong technical and project management capabilities, as well as our proven history of performing large, technically challenging projects around the world," said Andy Summers, group president of KBR Infrastructure, Government and Power. "KBR is honored to have been selected to provide support of vital services to the U.S. Department of Defense and we look forward to the successful and safe completion of this project."

KBR said that under the contract it will re-locate a four-story radar deckhouse structure from the East Coast of the United States to Romania and build various facilities and infrastructure to support the Aegis Ashore weapons system.

The contract includes roads, support buildings, communications, security and utilities.

The Aegis Ashore Missile Defense System is a land-based variant of the Navy's shipboard Aegis Air and Ballistic Missile Defense System.

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