During NATO's Summit in Chicago, KONGSBERG signed a EUR 28 million contract with Northrop Grumman ISS International Inc for the development of software to the NATO Alliance Ground Surveillance (AGS) program.
KONGSBERG will develop solutions for storing, searching and retrieval of advanced sensor data from the RQ-4 Global Hawk. The contract extends over the next 3.5 years.
NATO is in the process of acquiring the RQ-4 Global Hawk Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) for ground- and sea surface surveillance, to which KONGSBERG, together with Cassidian and Selex Galileo, are the main-sub suppliers to Northrop Grumman ISS International Inc. The total industrial participation in the program will be coordinated by leading defense corporations in the 13 participating NATO AGS nations. The contract involves the purchase of five RQ-4 Global Hawk units and associated ground systems.
“We are very pleased to win this contract and to become a key contributor to this new NATO capacity. KONGSBERG is already a supplier to the NATO AWACS program and this new contract means that we are strengthening our presence in major NATO programs”, says Harald Ånnestad, President in Kongsberg Defence Systems
"This contract provides development tasks for completely new software and algorithms solutions. The technology is exciting and forward-looking and may be used in other areas in the defence and security context", says Eirik Lie, Executive Vice President in Kongsberg Defence Systems.
Source: Kongsberg Gruppen
Date: May 21, 2012