Dec 08, 2006 05:25 UTC
The Norwegian firm Kongsberg just announced that it has signed a contract valued at NOK 345 million (about $60 million) with the Netherlands for deliveries to the Dutch Army under the Future Ground Based Air Defence (FGBAD NL) program. These fully mobile systems are based on the AIM-120 AMRAAM, and will protect Dutch forces against aircraft, helicopters, cruise missiles and unmanned aerial vehicles.
The Initial Operational Capability (IOC) contract awarded in October 2004 covered 3 TRML-3D mobile surveillance radars, and mobile command and control operation shelters including a radio-based communications system. The components of the system in this round are 2 TRML-3D mobile surveillance radars from EADS, mobile command and control operation centres provided by EADS and Rheinmetall subsidiary Oerlikon-Contraves, a digital radio communication network from Oerlikon and 6 Norwegian NASAMS II systems (Norwegian Advanced Surface to Air Missile System) supplied by Kongsberg. Each system has a number of trucks with missiles, in addition to other elements of the package. To ensure weapon coordination, all components of the FGBAD NL are networked in a wireless LAN communications infrastructure for secure, real-time exchange of information between the radar units and the command vehicle and weapon systems.