ECA Program Still Waiting for Green Light - The Reykjavik Grapevine

ECA Program Still Waiting for Green Light

Published August 31, 2010

Dutch military contractors ECA Program are still waiting for finalized approval of the old NATO base in Keflavík for their operations.

As reported last March, Minister of Transportation Kristján L. Möller confirmed for reporters that the company had been given the green light by Icelandic authorities. Furthermore, the company has already paid to help build their base of operations in Keflavík.
ECA Program claims to work with governments around the world in dealing with threat assessment, yet few sources outside of the company’s own site can attest to what work they have done. The sources of their finances are also obscure. In Iceland, they intend to house fighter jets and train their clients to fly them.
ECA Program has offered to pay Iceland about 200 billion ISK for use of the old Keflavík air base, and have claimed they could create at least 150 new jobs in the area.
However, a new article from the Financial Times contends that the contract between the Icelandic government and EPA is far from a done deal, as they are still awaiting finalized approval.
Melville ten Cate, the company’s Dutch co-founder, responds to criticism that the company is a shadowy military corporation by telling the Financial Times that the aircraft will not be equipped to carry ammunition, allowing them to be licensed as commercial aircraft, and no military exercises will take place in Icelandic airspace, adding, “We couldn’t take out a pigeon unless it flew into the engine.”


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