ROME — The NATO Communications and Information (NCI) Agency has announced 2.1 billion euros ($2.7 billion) of potential business opportunities in the area of C4ISR and communication capabilities to support NATO missions and operations.
The business opportunities announced are a forecast for the next 18 months and therefore subject to change as some of the projects are yet to be approved by NATO’s resource committees and may be affected by changes in NATO’s operations and missions.
About 60 million euros of contracts related to ballistic missile defense are expected to be put out for tender by NATO in the first half of 2013.
Other imminent tenders are for deployable air defense radars for surveillance and identification (35 million euros, Q4 2012); deployable passive electronic support measure trackers for surveillance and identification (14 million euros, Q4 2012); deployable satellites (33 million euros, Q1 2013); software, servers and specialized hardware for logistics functional services (33 million euros, Q4 2012); and assets for countering terrorist attacks and IEDs (15 million euros, Q1 2013).
A useful weblink for readers looking out for the publication of the business opportunities is: https://industry.ncia.nato.int/Pages/default.aspx. There is also a Twitter account titled NCIAAcquisiton.
“We are also seeing interest from industry in NATO applications and capabilities that, in the spirit of the secretary-general’s Smart Defence and Connected Forces initiatives, can be reused by nations for their national purposes,” said Koen Gijsbers, NCI Agency general manager.
More than 600 senior European and North American industry representatives attended the NATO Communications and Information (NCI) Agency’s first industry conference after it was set up as part of NATO agency reform. The new agency came into being on July 1. It is the result of the merger of the NATO Consultation, Command and Control Agency, the NATO ACCS Management Agency, the NATO Communication and Information Systems Services Agency, and the ALTBMD Programme Office and elements of NATO HQ ICTM.