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In a deal worth €59 M Saab Microwave Systems has signed a contract with the Spanish army for ARTHUR Weapon Locating radars, a training simulator and logistics. Norway and Sweden have collaborated to develop ARTHUR, a radar that locates hostile artillery and has a total range of up to 40 km. Within a few seconds the system informs of both launch positions and point of impact. It constitutes dramatically improved protection for threatened forces and areas/buildings in different peacekeeping deployments.
The deal is entered with Saab Microwave Systems AS in Norway who will manage the project and deliver the systems to the Spanish army. The project will be run in close collaboration with Saab Microwave Systems in Sweden. There will also be participants from Spanish industry. Delivery starts at the end of 2007 and the last system is calculated to be delivered in June 2009.
"This is Saab´s first major deal with the Spanish Defense Authorities and a real milestone," said Göran Hedborg, Saab Microwave Systems’ regional director for Southern Europe. "This order from an EU and NATO country highlights the world leading position Saab has within weapon locating. Spain is a very competent customer who has chosen ARTHUR after a thorough evaluation of the entire system’s abilities, for example technical performance, user-friendliness, reliability and mobility."