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MBDA And Raytheon Offer Anti-Aircraft Missiles For Estonia

File photo: A portable anti-aircraft missile lancher.
by Staff Writers
Tallinn (AFP) Apr 25, 2006
European company MBDA Missile Systems and its US rival Raytheon have offered to supply Estonia with anti-aircraft missiles in a deal worth 45 million euros (55.5 million dollars), officials said Friday.

"The Raytheon Company and MBDA made their offers in response to the Estonian government's proposal to participate in the state procurement of short-range anti-aircraft missiles," the defence ministry said in a statement.

A decision on which company will supply the missiles will be taken in June, the ministry said.

When Estonia announced the international tender last year, it said the new missiles were needed as Estonia stands out among NATO member countries "for its weak air defence capability".

Estonia currently has Israeli missiles which are out-of date, the defence ministry said at the time.

Estonia joined NATO in 2004.

Source: Agence France-Presse

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