By bringing new capabilities to NATO’s Air Command and Control System (ACCS), the contract will strengthen and expand the functionality of NATO’s existing missile defense command and control system. This will allow the Alliance to link national sensors and interceptors, with NATO’s Air Command in Ramstein, Germany, to plan and execute a missile defense battle.
“The execution of this contract will be a major step forward for NATO’s missile defense. This contract further merges two of NATO’s largest common funded investments – air and missile defense – paving the way for an integrated approach,” said Koen Gijsbers, NCI Agency’s General Manager.
“With this contract ThalesRaytheonSystems will launch additional functions on top of the ones we develop for the satisfaction of the user community,” said Philippe Duhamel, CEO of ThalesRaytheonSystems.
The project involves a transatlantic industrial base across 8 Nations and 15 industry partners. It is expected to be completed by 2018. It will be rolled-out in three steps, with the final step offering an integrated single software baseline able to support both air and missile defense.
Furthermore, during the Paris Airshow, ThalesRaytheonSystems is expected to announce the signature on 20th June of a €136 million contract with NATO to produce and deploy a Theater Ballistic Missile Defense capability to be integrated with the NATO Air Command and Control System (ACCS). This is a great example of leveraging previous investments from NATO in ACCS and the integration of contributions from NATO Nations across the Alliance.
ThalesRaytheonSystems is an international company specializing in air defense systems, command and control systems, 3D air defense radars, battlefield and counterbattery radars.
Since its inception in 2001, ThalesRaytheonSystems has become one of the defense industry’s most successful transatlantic joint ventures. The company employs 1,400 people and is equally owned by Thales and Raytheon.