BRUSSELS, Sept 20 NATO signed a contract with a
consortium led by U.S.-based Science Applications International
Corp on Tuesday to analyse ways of transforming the
alliance's battlefield missile defence system.
A NATO statement said the year-long contract to analyse
technical requirements was worth 2.5 million euros ($3.42
It said engineers from France's EADS Astrium ,
Germany's IABG, Italy's SELEX SI, TNO of the Netherlands,
Britain's QINETIQ and SAIC and Raytheon from the
United States would form the core technical team.
Alessandro Pera, programme manager for NATO's Active Layered
Theatre Ballistic Missile Defence Programme (ALTBMD), called the
signing a significant step in implementing NATO's decision last
year to create a system to defend the alliance's European
territory against ballistic missiles.
The programme, based on U.S. anti-missile plans, will
involve deploying a U.S. early-warning radar system in Turkey
linked to anti-missile missiles sites in Poland and Romania and
ships with anti-ballistic missile defences operating in the
(Reporting by David Brunnstrom)