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Private Dutch Military Company Interested in Iceland

The private Dutch company E.C.A. Program is awaiting a decision from Icelandic authorities on whether it can register its airplane fleet in Iceland. The company is intending to rent airplanes for military practices.

From the old US Naval Air Station at Keflavík. Photo by Páll Stefánsson.

The company is prepared to invest ISK 200 billion (USD 1.6 billion, EUR 1.2 billion) in constructing a maintenance and service center with 300 Icelandic employees at Keflavík International Airport, among other projects, and is also looking to hire air mechanics, computer specialists and other specialized employees, Fréttabladid reports.

Originally, preparations were supposed to begin in January so that operations could be launched in the coming autumn, but those plans did not work out.

E.C.A. Program owns, among other things, unarmed Russian fighter jets, which will be rented for military practices to impersonate the enemy’s air fleet.

The company’s CEO, Melville ten Cate, said there are plenty of business opportunities in this field. Customers include the militaries of the NATO countries and the allied countries of the Western states, such as Japan, Singapore and Australia.

“We are a privately-owned military company,” said ten Cate, emphasizing that, “we are different from companies like Blackwater. Our employees don’t carry guns.”

E.C.A. Program has operated transport services around the globe, including Afghanistan and Darfur. Ten Cate said his company sells airplane time like other service companies sell pizzas.

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