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BAE SYSTEMS MSVs to protect Romania's borders

10 Jul 2002

BAE Systems Avionics has been awarded a contract to supply 35 Mobile Surveillance Vehicles (MSVs) to the Romanian Ministry of the Interior. The vehicles will be used to help ensure the integrity of Romania's borders against any illegal incursion as the country prepares to apply for membership of the European Union.

The overall contract, worth in excess of 10 million, has been supported by Export Credit Guarantee Department (ECGD) backed finance, and also provides for the purchase of BINO MIDI KITE binocular image intensifiers and SOPHIE Hand-held Thermal Imagers, both to be supplied by Thales Optronics Ltd.

BAE Systems MSVs were selected by the Romanian Ministry of the Interior in 2000 following a competitive tender, and it was resumption of ECGD cover for Romania which enabled the contract to become effective early this year.

The project to supply the MSVs will be managed by BAE Systems Avionics in Plymouth, with conversion of the VW vehicles, and installation of equipment to be carried out in Germany.

MSVs have been designed in conjunction with customs and border patrol authorities to offer day and night covert surveillance using a thermal imaging camera controlled from inside the vehicle. As such they are a key contributor to implementation of the Schengen Agreement, which seeks to maintain the integrity of the borders of European Union countries, both current and future, and other states which are part of the Schengen accord.

In addition to BAE Systems at Plymouth, other UK suppliers who will benefit from this contract include Instro Precision Limited at Broadstairs, Kent, who provide the camera pan and tilt head, and Thales Optronics Ltd.


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