ThalesRaytheonSystems (TRS) has received the approval for replication at eight additional sites across Europe of the NATO Air Command and Control System Level of Operational Capability 1 (ACCS LOC 1) programme.
Currently deployed at five sites in Belgium, France, Germany, Italy and the Netherlands, ACCS LOC 1 will replace NATO’s existing air command and control systems in Europe and set new standards of interoperability for air operations with a single, integrated approach to planning, tasking, monitoring and mission execution.
ACCS LOC 1 uses open-system architecture to adapt to changing operational requirements, such as theatre missile defence and network-centric warfare. When fully deployed, NATO member countries will use the same system, and will share operational data over a high-speed communications network.
Air Command Systems International, a ThalesRaytheonSystems company, will deliver the new systems to France, Hungary, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Spain and Turkey. Work will be performed under two contracts—one for seven sites with the NATO ACCS Management Agency (NACMA), and the other with the French procurement agency—Délégation Générale pour l’Armement (DGA).
“This is a major step toward full deployment of a truly integrated, common air operations management system to support all military air operations across NATO members,” said Jack Harrington, Chief Executive Officer of ThalesRaytheonSystems.