PARIS — NATO’s Communications and Information (NCI) Agency has inked a €136 million deal with ThalesRaytheonSystems to upgrade the alliance’s theater missile defense command and control capabilities.
Signed June 20 by the two sides at the Paris Air Show, the upgrade is aimed at bringing new capabilities to NATO’s Air Command and Control System (ACCS), the organization announced in a statement.
The upgrade being undertaken by ThalesRaytheon will “strengthen and expand it’s existing theater missile defense command and control system, which allows the alliance to link national sensors and interceptors to defend against short and medium range ballistic missile threats.”
The upgrade will also see improvements to the capacity of NATO’s Air Command in Ramstein to plan and execute a missile defense battle.
“The execution of this contract will be a major technical milestone forward for NATO’s theater missile defense,” said Patrick Auroy, NATO’s assistant secretary general for defence investment.
Auroy said the contract was a major milestone in NATO’s ability to defend itself from missile attack.
“This contract links two of NATO’s largest common funded investment — air and missile defense — paving the way for an integrated approach. What is important now is timely execution,” he said.
Contract completion is set for 2015.
Called ACCS Theatre Missile Defence 1, it will give NATO the capability for receiving and processing ballistic missile tracks including integration of additional radar and satellite feeds and other enhancements.