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Florako air defense system delivered by ThalesRaytheonSystems is operational

24 March 2004

Florako, the Swiss air forces' new air defense and air operations command-and-control system, went live at the beginning of February.

The Florako System entered operational service on February 2, 2004, after successfully completing final tests and operating in parallel alongside the old Florida air defense system. Florako is an all-new system comprising Master surveillance radars, a data and communication system, a new air picture generation and airspace management system, and new control Air Command and Control Centre.

This capability gives the Swiss air forces and Skyguide, the service providers responsible for military air safety, a modern system for monitoring airspace to meet increased civil and military air navigation requirements.

"Congratulations to ThalesRaytheonSystems for achieving this significant milestone," said Armasuisse Programme Manager, Hans-Peter Hulliger, "Florako will significantly enhance Switzerland's air defense capability and airspace safety."

The entry into service of this system marks the most important acquisition milestone in the project. The system's development will continue as new features are phased in progressively up to 2006.

The Florako System was acquired under the 1998 / 1999 weapon system procurement programme. The acquisition cost was 728 million Swiss francs and the construction budget was 95 million Swiss francs.

ThalesRaytheonSystems is the worldwide leader in the supply of air defense, battlefield surveillance and coordination systems, ground-based radars and related operation centres. Annual revenue is approximately 700 million dollars with nearly 1,300 employees.

Press contacts:
Thales - Matt Pothecary - Tel : + 33 (0) 1 57 77 86 26
ThalesRaytheonSystems - Isabelle Blackburn - Tel : + 33 (0) 1 69 75 70 98
Raytheon - Dave Shea - Tel : + 1 703 284 4245

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