EADS wins $19 million contract for modernization of identification systems of Bulgarian Armed Forces
12:00 AM, April 3, 2009
Defence Electronics (DE), an integrated activity of EADS Defence & Security (DS), has been awarded a contract worth approx. EUR 14 million ($19 milion ) by the Bulgarian company Promax99 covering the delivery of new technology identification (Identification Friend or Foe = IFF) systems. The MSSR 2000 I systems (MSSR = Monopulse Secondary Surveillance Radar) are capable of the latest air traffic control and NATO Mode S and Mode 5 standards. They will be integrated in Ground and Naval platforms. Identification systems automatically exchange data such as origin, course, speed etc., thus enabling precise identification. This data exchange in the military field is based upon encrypted signals which cannot be analyzed or jammed by hostile forces. This complements the information supplied by other sources and in this way improves monitoring of crisis regions. Since one’s own forces can be identified quickly and reliably, accidental attacks on own or allied forces can be avoided, above all during multinational operations. “Due to the increasing complexity of combat situations and scenarios, identification is today an existential matter during all military operations,” explained Bernd Wenzler, CEO of DE. “And thanks to those equipment, Bulgaria will be able to actively participate in future NATO operations”.
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