In a contract worth some hundreds of millions of euro Finmeccanica-Selex ES will supply an air surveillance and defense system to the Qatar Armed Forces to safeguard the country’s airspace.

“We are deeply proud of this success,” said Mauro Moretti, CEO of Finmeccanica, adding: “Air defense and surveillance systems are fundamental for a nation and Qatar has selected Finmeccanica to provide this strategic asset. The trust that has been placed on us will drive an even stronger commitment from Finmeccanica in this strategic region.”

This contract is the result of an intensive competitive selection process which confirmed the superior performance and operational capabilities of the KRONOS radar against its competitors. The contract includes ground-based radars, in fixed and mobile configurations, and associated networked command and control centers.

KRONOS is a multi-mission Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) family of radar for strategic Surveillance and tactical Air Defense, designed to protect vital, civil and military assets and expeditionary forces through immediate detection and accurate tracking of all air targets, flying from very low to high altitude.