Canadian Mounties pick EADS for police radio

Fri Jan 8, 2010 12:53pm EST
 
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PARIS (Reuters) - The Royal Canadian Mounted Police chose European aerospace and defense group EADS to provide a secure radio network that will also be used during an upcoming G8 summit, the company said.

EADS Defense & Security will provide a digital public safety radio communication network and command and control centers across the province of Ontario under the deal, EADS said in a statement on Friday. The value of the deal was not disclosed.

The network will be the main means of secure wireless communication during a summit of the Group of Eight nations being held in Canada in June, EADS added.

"This contract is a concrete illustration of EADS's commitment to expanding our operations in Canada," Pierre Delestrade, head of EADS Canada, said in the statement.

Defense & Security is EADS's second-biggest division after planemaker Airbus. The unit has said it wants to expand its defense and security activities in the United States, the world's biggest defense market.

(Reporting by James Regan; Editing by Rupert Winchester)