Air defence contract with the Netherlands
KONGSBERG signed a contract today valued at MNOK 345 with the Netherlands for deliveries of the Norwegian-developed NASAMS II (Norwegian Advanced Surface to Air Missile System) for the Dutch Army.
The system will be delivered in 2009, and part of the contract refers to maintenance of the system from 2009 to 2014. KONGSBERG will bear this maintenance responsibility along with EADS, the European Aeronautic Defence and Space Company. The Netherlands will use the anti-aircraft system for national as well as international operations.
"The Dutch order is for the same type of anti-aircraft system used by the Norwegian Air Force. It was developed in Norway during the 1990s. NASAMS has also been sold to Spain and the US. In latter case, the anti-aircraft system was first used in connection with the inauguration of the US president in Washington, DC in 2005, and it has been in continuous use ever since", states Eirik Lie, executive vice president, Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace.
"This contract is important because as a major European nation, the Netherlands is a central reference for further sales. The contract also means we will need to hire more engineers", adds Lie.