The European Defence Agency officers participated in the EU Climate Security and Defence Training Platform kick-off meeting.
Mytilineos SA and Intracom SA Telecom Solutions are expected to contest the contract of a total estimated value of 62 million euros (inc. VAT) related to a closed international competition promoted by the competent Ministry of Shipping and Insular Policy for the supply of a system entitled “Development of the National Integrated Maritime Surveillance System”.
The objective of the Ministry is the development of a comprehensive electronic system which will ensure the surveillance and protection of maritime borders, strengthening the operational action of the Hellenic Coast Guard.
The Ministry aspires that this system, when put into operation, will be a useful tool for controlling immigration flows and combating smuggling, while it will also substantially contribute to search and rescue operations at a time when surveillance and security issues at sea remain high on the national agenda.
According to the decision to evaluate the Quality Selection Documents (phase 1 of the competition), it appears that the applications of “MYTILINEOS SA – Elbit Systems C4I and Cyber Ltd” and “INTRACOM SA TELECOM SOLUTIONS” were accepted.
On the contrary, the applications of major local and international companies such as “GENERAL DYNAMICS MISSION SYSTEMS – ITALY SrL”, “IDE – INTRAKAT”, “HENSOLDT Optronics GmbH”, “TECHNICAL COMPANY CHRISTOFOROS D. KONSTANTINIDIS SA” – TSG IT Advanced Systems Ltd – TAR IDEAL Concepts LTD”, “INDRA SISTEMAS SA”, “UNION OF COMPANIES VODAFONE – G4S”, “TERNA ANONIME TOURIST TECHNIQUE AND SHIPPING COMPANY”, and “COSMOTE MOBILE TELECOMMUNICATIONS SA” were rejected.
It is recalled that ten participation applications were submitted to the competition, all by the above economic entities.
Now, the two companies will proceed to the second phase of the competition and will be invited to submit technical and financial offers, even though the reaction of the companies – consortia that were excluded from the tender process (e.g. objections) remains to be seen.
This competition started about 2 years ago (summer 2020) and received relevant extensions. The scope of the contract and the purpose of the development of the National Integrated Maritime Surveillance System (NIMSS) is the real-time situational awareness in the maritime domain of responsibility of the Hellenic Coast Guard on a 24-hour basis. In this way, in addition to the protection of the external maritime borders of the EU, NIMSS will actively contribute to the management of immigration flows and to the suppression of all forms of crime and delinquency in the Greek Maritime Space.
It will also safeguard safe navigation and the effective monitoring of maritime traffic, maximizing the effectiveness of life protection measures across the area of responsibility of the Hellenic Coast Guard.
NIMSS will consist of:
- 35 fixed sensor stations within military facilities (to provide physical security), 26 of which will consist of radar, AIS base station, meteorological station, VHF transponder, and electro-optical sensor,
- 2 self-powered sensor stations with corresponding capabilities, installed on an off-road vehicle to cover operational gaps,
- 1 main Command and Control Center with a data center at the Headquarters of the Hellenic Coast Guard,
- 1 backup Command and Control Center at the Aegean Naval Command with a remote data center,
- Development of a telecommunications infrastructure with twenty-two (22) radio links, 419 km of optical fiber, and five leased lines for the interconnection of surveillance stations with the Command and Control Center through the network of the Hellenic Armed Forces,
- Software that will complete the set of sensors and systems.
In addition, the Contractor will provide:
- at least 3 years of guaranteed supply operation (with a graded criterion for the supply of up to additional 2 years),
- a 24-hour technical support center,
- sensors and equipment,
- personnel training.
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