2004 security deal is signed

The long-delayed contract for the security command and communications system to be used during the Athens 2004 Olympics was signed yesterday between the Greek government and a US-led international consortium. A Defense Ministry statement yesterday said the final cost of the deal would reach 254.99 million euros. The winning consortium, headed by US Science Applications International Corporation, edged out a bid by a consortium led by French Thales SA and US Raytheon, after protracted haggling. The five-month delay drew a sharp reprimand from International Olympic Committee chief Jacques Rogge. Even now, the contractor has only 15 months left to do the job – which includes installing wireless communications for Olympic security forces as well as security systems at eight harbors and dozens of sports venues. Furthermore, thousands of people will have to be trained to operate the system. The Defense Ministry said the deal allows for Greek firms to make 100 million euros’ worth of security equipment.