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Press Release No 57 Estonia will procure a short range air defence system
The Government of Estonia decided on its today's session to start a
procurement for air defence system and invite two world-recognised
companies, MDBA Systems and Raytheon Company, to participate in tender.
The goal for this procurement is to equip Estonia with modern and flexible air defence system, that could also be integrated into combined Allied air defence system, if needed in NATO context. In addition to missiles and fire units the procurement will also encompass command and control network and radars.
The air defence system is designated for army organic air defence for Estonian Defence Forces\' 1st. Infantry Brigade with its primary mission being the defence against opponent\'s attack helicopters and fixed wing aircraft. The system shall additionally be used for point defence of strategically significant locations such as airports, seaports, government buildings and for example, significant public events
The equipment produced by MBDA Missile Systems is in use in countries such as Austria, Belgium, Spain, Cyprus, France, finland and Hungary. The products of Raytheon Company are in service in Spain, the Netherlands, Croatia, Turkey, Greece, Germany Switzerland, Danmark, and Lithuania.
The Government\'s decision was preceded by a year and a half long analysis by the Ministry of Defence, the Joint Staff of the Defence Forces, Air Force, and Army, which involved a thorough familirisation with different weapon systems available on the market. The two companies invited to participate in the tendering are the best suited to meet the requirements of the Estonian Defence Forces.
The funding for the procurement is planned into 2006-2008 defence budgets. The procurement will also incorporate an initial training. The delivery of the weapon systems will commence on years 2007-2008 and the units will be combat ready by year of 2009.