Finland must choose between two Israeli companies for anti-aircraft systems

Workers install Rafael Advanced Defense Systems fighter jet weapons, before the opening of the 52nd Paris Air Show at Le Bourget airport near Paris, France June 17, 2017. REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol

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HELSINKI, March 5 (Reuters) – Finland has decided to buy anti-aircraft equipment from one of two Israeli companies, either Israel Aerospace Industries (ISRAI.UL) or Rafael Advanced Systems, the Finnish ministry said on Saturday. of the defense.

In October 2020, Finland had sent a call for tenders to five companies, including Germany’s Diehl Defence, Norway’s Kongsberg Defense & Aerospace, Britain’s MBDA and the two Israeli companies with which it now intends to continue negotiations, said the Ministry.

“In this program, we will improve the high-altitude capability of anti-aircraft defense and significantly increase its range,” the ministry said in a statement.

The Nordic country, which is not a member of NATO but shares a long border with Russia, recently decided to further increase its defense spending and deepen its cooperation with the United States in response to the war. from Russia to Ukraine. Read more

Under the anti-aircraft project, Finland plans to purchase equipment such as carrier mount launchers, radar systems, missiles and related integration equipment, the ministry said, adding that the aim is to make a final purchase decision in early 2023.

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Reporting by Anne Kauranen; Editing by David Holmes

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