Finland Orders EUR 340M Air Defence System from Norway
(Source: STT Finnish Government news; issued April 30, 2009)
Kongsberg’s NASAMS, essentially a ground-launched version of the Amraam missile, has beaten competitors for Finland’s medium-range air-defense contract. (Norwegian Armed Forces photo)
The Finnish government said Wednesday it would buy a 340-million-euro air defence system from Norway's Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace.

Kongsberg's Advanced Surface-to-Air Missile System (NASAMS) is to replace a Russian-made air defence system.

The purchase price excludes the missiles themselves, with the government expected to authorise a further spend of about 100 million euros on US-made Advanced Medium-Range Air-to-Air Missile (AMRAAM) ordnance.

The cabinet finance committee also showed green light to a 175-million-euro radar system. (ends)

Government Buying Radar and Missile System Worth Over EUR 500 million
(Source: YLE Finnish Broadcasting Corp.; issued April 30, 2009)
The Finnish government decided on Wednesday to acquire an American-Norwegian NASAMS missile system for the Finnish Defence Forces. The system replaces the Russian-built Buk M1 missiles.

The government also decided to get a new radar surveillance system and the updating of old systems. These will cost about EUR 176 million.

Both deals include an obligation on the part of the seller to arrange for the purchase Finnish-made goods worth 100 percent of the price.

The Ministry of Defence says that the acquisitions are not raising Finnish defence costs from what has been agreed before.

EUR 25 Million Deal for Sisu

As part of the agreed-upon deal, the Finnish Sisu Defence will supply the Defence Forces with 82 lorries for terrain use. The vehicles are to be manufactured at Sisu’s Raasepori factory between 2010-2014, at a price tag of EUR 25 million. The agreement between Sisu and the defence contractor Thales Raytheon also includes an option for supplying the Estonian Defence Forces with a radar system.

Patria Also Involved

The project is also set to provide work to the Finnish manufacturer Patria. The defence manufacturer is negotiating on the supply of launching pads and on participation in system integration. (ends)

Finland Selects Kongsberg/Raytheon Air Defence System
(Source: Kongsberg Gruppen; issued April 29, 2009)
KONGSBERG, Norway --- The Finnish Ministry of Defense has selected the Kongsberg/Raytheon Air Defence System – NASAMS – to fulfill Finland’s future Medium Range Air Defense Missile System (MRADMS) requirements. The contract is valued at appr. 3 billion NOK.

"We're very pleased with the announcement and are committed to supporting the Finnish armed forces in making the MRADMS program a success," said Kongsberg’s CEO Walter Qvam. "The NASAMS system will contribute to ensure Finland’s national security, and the MRADMS project will bring substantial Industrial Participation for Finish industry. It will also open up for increased export possibilities for Finnish industry. "

The NASAMS Ground Based Air Defense System is designed and built in a transatlantic cooperation with Kongsberg (Norway) and Raytheon (USA). The NASAMS system is robust, reliable and designed to excel in air defense operations. NASAMS features state-of-the-art sensors, command, control and communication systems and missile technology.

The system is a network-enabled capability and distributed that utilizes the Raytheon MPQ-64F2 multifunctional radar and the AIM 120 AMRAAM missile in a surfaced launched mode. The Kongsberg-Raytheon team has more than 25 years' joint experience of delivering air defense systems to six NATO customers as well as Sweden.

NASAMS was developed in close cooperation with the Royal Norwegian Air Force during the 1990s and has since then been contracted by the Netherlands, Spain, and the US. In latter case, the high capacity system was operational in connection with the inauguration of the US president in Washington DC in 2005. It has been in continuous operation ever since. "Finland’s choice confirms the Kongsberg/Raytheon team’s position as the leading air defence supplier in Europe and NATO, said Kongsbergs Harald Ånnestad."

This contract will provide Finland with the most recent version of the system: NASAMS II that was completed and delivered to the Royal Norwegian Air Force (RNoAF) in 2007. “In a Nordic context, this choice of system opens up exciting opportunities for cooperation, operation, maintenance and even further joint Finish-Norwegian evolution of the system", comments Kongsberg’s Harald Ånnestad.

“We look forward to working with the Finnish Defense Forces to provide Finland with the finest medium range air defense system,” said Pete Franklin, vice president, Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems’ National & Theater Security Programs. “I am confident that this relationship will be as fruitful and enduring as our relationship with Kongsberg and the Norwegian Air Force.”

Raytheon Company, with 2008 sales of $23.2 billion, is a technology and innovation leader specializing in defense, homeland security and other government markets throughout the world. With headquarters in Waltham, Mass., Raytheon employs 73,000 people worldwide.

Kongsberg is a multinational, knowledge-based group with more than 5200 employees in more than 25 countries. The Group supplies high-technology systems and solutions to customers engaged in the oil and gas industry, the merchant marine, and the defense and aerospace industries. (ends)

Patria Part of the Finnish Defence Forces' Air Defence Missile System and Surveillance System Projects
(Source: Patria; issued April 29, 2009)
The Finnish Ministry of Defence has today announced the supplier of medium range air defence missile system to be the Norwegian-American Kongsberg-Raytheon. Medium range radars will be supplied and long-range radars modernised by the French Thales-Raytheon Systems Company. These projects will be realised together with Finnish industrial partners.

In the air defence missile project Patria is negotiating among other things of building the launchers and participating in the system integration. Through the industrial participation in the project’s realisation phase readiness for the domestic maintenance of the systems will be created.

The employment effect will be mainly in Patria's Systems and Land & Armament Business Units in Tampere, Hämeenlinna and Sastamala. In addition, Patria and Kongsberg have agreed on certain other industrial participation due to enhance the Nordic cooperation and support export of Patria’s products.

In the radar projects Patria, together with its subcontractors, will realise the domestic participation through among other things significant part of the software design and equipment shelter rearmament and modifications. The work creates domestic readiness for maintenance and future development covering also the software.

The project’s employment effect in Patria’s Systems Business Unit is mainly in Tampere and Espoo. This project also further develops Patria as industrial competence centre of radars in Finland.

The combined employment effect of these programs to Patria and its subcontractors is estimated to be around 130 man-years, out of which 40 is directly related to software development.

Patria is a defence and aerospace group with international operations delivering its customers competitive solutions based on own specialist know-how and partnerships. Patria is owned by the State of Finland and the European Aeronautic Defence and Space Company EADS N.V.



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