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July 14, 2015

Georgia signs contract with MBDA for defence system

The government of Georgia has signed a contract with MBDA, a consortium between Finmeccanica, Airbus and BAE Systems, for the delivery of a defence system.

By Samseer M

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The government of Georgia has signed a contract with MBDA, a consortium between Finmeccanica, Airbus and BAE Systems, for the delivery of a defence system.

Georgia Defence Minister Tinatin Khidasheli signed the contract, which is expected to be implemented on 1 January 2016.

Khidasheli said: "After the signature of the agreement we can freely say that there is no embargo imposed on Georgia.

"We have achieved several goals. We could make diversification of the topic and create a fundamental base to negotiate with our partners about any issue."

"The contract is expected to be implemented on 1 January 2016."

The new development follows the country’s recent agreement with ThalesRaytheonSystems. However, officials have not revealed the value or content of these contracts.

Khidasheli was quoted by Civil.ge as saying: "The main goal has been achieved; we have bought a foundation to guarantee Georgia’s Air Defence, which will be completely compatible with Nato systems, and we have bought weaponry and defence system, which is the most state-of-the-art currently available in the world.

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"I am very satisfied with these two agreements, in terms of political importance, as well as in terms of their content and price."

Meanwhile, Khidasheli also revealed intentions to make some parts of the agreement public.

The defence minister will have to report about the deals to President Giorgi Margvelashviliand to the Group of Confidence, which is a team of five lawmakers in charge of parliamentary oversight on classified defence spending.


Image: Georgia Defence Minister Tinatin Khidasheli and MBDA CEO Antoine Bouvier. Photo: courtesy of Ministry Of Defence of Georgia.

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