Kitrons’ Norwegian subsidiary Kitron AS has been awarded a contract to supply a range of military communications equipment to Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace.
The NOK80.7m ($13.4m) contract forms part of the NOK3.7bn ($623m) contract Kongsberg had signed with Raytheon for supplying the national advanced surface-to-air missile system (NASAMS) to Oman in January 2014.
Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace president Harald Annestad said the contract is a good example of how Norwegian defence systems, in this case NASAMS to Oman in cooperation with Raytheon, create employment and increase skills among local suppliers.
"Our goal is that as much as possible of our export contracts will benefit Norwegian industry," Annestad said.
Kitron interim CEO Dag Songedal said the contract demonstrated that the company is an important partner for Kongsberg in relation to international defence contracts.
Songedal said, "For the plant in Arendal this contract is of great importance. It creates visibility and contributes to secure employment in 2015.
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"Kitron in Arendal has for a number of years focused on defence products, and this order confirms that we have the skills that customers demand and that our total offering is competitive."
Manufacturing work under the contract will be carried out at Kitron’s plant in Arendal, Norway, while deliveries are scheduled to take place in 2014 and 2015.
In January this year, Raytheon secured a $1.28bn direct commercial sales contract to supply NASAMS elements, including ground support equipment, a full training package and technical assistance to Oman.
NASAMS is a distributed and networked medium-to-long range air-defence system designed to defend high-value civilian and military assets on the ground against air threats.
The system augments the soldier’s ability to identify, engage and destroy existing and evolving enemy aircraft, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and cruise missile threats, and is currently operational in the Netherlands, Finland, Spain and the US National Capital Region.
Image: NASAMS enables soldiers to identify, engage and destroy enemy aircraft, UAVs or emerging cruise missile threats. Photo: © 2013 Kongsberg.