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Finland Lets Large Contract For Air Defense System

by: Matthew Potter
April 30, 2009

Category: Business Line, Companies, Contract Awards, Events, Finland, Konsberg, Military Aviation, missile defense, production program, Raytheon | RSS 2.0

The Country of Finland awarded a team of Kongsberg and Raytheon a contract worth about three billion Norwegian Kronor for a complete air defense system. Defpro.daily reports that the system will be based on NASAMS IIs system. This $460 million contract is the largest by the country since it purchased F/A-18 aircraft in the early Nineties.

As it has done in the past Finland is replacing older, Russian equipment with more modern, NATO compliant systems. The new air defense network will offer a significant upgrade in capability over the existing one used by the Finnish military. The NASAMS IIs is based around the AIM-120 air-to-air missile and a Raytheon made radar. It has been purchased by a variety of NATO and Scandinavian countries and was originally developed for Norway.

The contract will allow some of the work to be done in Finland offsetting some of the cost.

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