|Updated: 06-Jun-2001||NATO Press Releases|
(2001) 085 5 June 2001
NATO's Theatre Missile Defence Programme reaches new milestoneNATO's Theatre Missile Defence (TMD) Programme has successfully reached a major milestone in Alliance efforts to field a possible "layered" theatre missile defence system that could provide defence for deployed NATO Forces by 2010 as part of NATO's Extended Air Defence Concept.
The Alliance's Consultation, Command and Control Agency (NC3A), has announced the names of the two successful bidders for Feasibility Study Contracts to look at the technical feasibility, costs and timescales of a TMD system based on NATO requirements. The two consortia concerned are led respectively by Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC), of McLean, Virginia, and the Lockheed Martin Corporation of Dallas, Texas. The contracts will span a period of work of 18 months, commencing on July 1, 2001. Following approval by the North Atlantic Council (NAC) in January 2000, NATO secured common funding for the two contracts. The Feasibility Studies are intended to provide the Alliance with a broader perspective on its layered TMD options to facilitate a possible decision on proceeding with such a system in the future.
Welcoming this development, NATO's Secretary General, Lord Robertson, described the placing of the study contracts as a "good example of transatlantic armaments co-operation". "These contracts", he said, "will enable the Alliance to better identify TMD options for providing protection against the very real threat of ballistic missiles to our soldiers, when deployed on NATO missions".
For further information please contact
Mr Alfred Mikolaschek NC3A tel 0031
70 314 2480, fax 0031 70 314 2177
or Mr Bernd Kreienbaum NATO HQ tel
0032 2707 4291, fax 0032 2707 4103
Background information on NATO TMD Programme