$180m NATO contract for theater missile defense

June 21, 2013 at 4:46 PM
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PARIS, June 21 (UPI) -- A $180 million contract has been signed by ThalesRaytheonSystems and NATO to produce and deploy theater ballistic missile defense capability.

The capability will be integrated with the NATO Air Command and Control System.

The award follows a previous contract for an interim capability built by ThalesRaytheonSystems and fielded in Germany last year.

ThalesRaytheonSystems, with headquarters in France and the United States, said the ACCS TMD1 contract will bring new capabilities to the Air Command and Control program. Among them will be integration of additional radars and satellites, increased data communication capacity and an improved tracking and correlation feature.

"This new component of the ACCS program will constitute, once achieved, a real asset for NATO, bringing the organization access to both Air Defense and Ballistic Missile Defense capabilities," said Koen Gijsbers, NATO Communication and Information Agency General Manager.

Added said Jack Harrington, ThalesRaytheonSystems' chief executive officer: "As prime contractor for this theater ballistic missile defense system, ThalesRaytheonSystems has played a central role in the cooperation across the transatlantic industrial base involving eight nations and 15 industry partners. This cooperation illustrates the ability of our French-U.S. joint venture to deliver advanced technology projects across organizations and cultures."

A period of performance timeline for the contract was not given.

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