Danish defence company Terma and the National Aerospace Laboratory (NLR) of the Netherlands have signed a cooperation agreement within the framework of establishing a European Electronic Warfare Competence Centre. The company’s decision to establish the centre is based on more than 20 years of close relations and cooperation with the Royal Netherlands Air Force (RNLAF) as well as NLR.

The EW Competence Centre is scheduled to be established by the spring of 2008, starting up in existing Terma B.V. facilities in Leiden as well as at NLR in Amsterdam. According to the plan, maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) related activity will be established in the Woensdrecht area in that timescale to service the EW systems in use with the RNLAF.

The activities that the competence centre will provide includes MRO of Terma and third party products, integrated logistics support, modification and upgrade programmes, technical support and outsourcing services, EW training services and development and support of “mission-critical” systems and applications.

As a partner, the capabilities that NLR will contribute are mechanical or electronic design, prototyping and low-rate production, development and testing of embedded and application software, functional and environmental system testing, aircraft integration support, obsolescence management and modification and/or upgrade programmes.