Astrium wins NATO contract for missile-defence programme

Astrium has been selected by NATO to define the first step of the system’s architecture for its territorial ballistic missile defence programme.

The €2.5m (£2.2m) contract follows the decision taken at the Lisbon Summit in November 2010 to provide NATO with an additional capability to protect Europe.

The contract involves defining, within a year, the requirements to expand the existing theatre missile defence into a territory ballistic missile defence.

NATO signed this initial contract under its territorial missile-defence programme on 20 September 2011, with a consortium led by the US company SAIC.