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Peacekeeping for Ireland Leads to Orders for BAE

The Republic of Ireland purchased up to fifty-four wheeled armored vehicles from BAE Systems Land Systems OMC. Creamer Media’s Engineering News writes that the contract calls for twenty-seven vehicles and options for another twenty-seven. Ireland will utilze these vehicles to support their peacekeeping operations. Some nations have purchased equipment in the past to support their units deployed on missions in Afghanistan and Iraq like Poland that will never be used anywhere else and won’t enter the nations military’s normal inventory. Ireland is doing that with this order from BAE’s South African component.

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Canadian company Norsat awarded contract to support Irish troops in Chad

January 30, 2008 by · Comment
Filed under: Ireland, logistics, Norsat 

In the rather confusing world of United Nations peacekeeping operations, Ireland plans to deploy troops to Chad. As part of their support Norland was awarded a $1.6 M contract to provide satellite communications for these troops. See the press release here. This is probably a decent chunk of the Irish defense budget going to support this deployment. There was no description of how the troops were going to get there, but NATO has some lift ability.

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