Extending NATO's new air command and control system

By Hilary A Whiteway 1/12/2015
Agreements between nine Nations and the Agency signed in December pave the way for a an extension of NATO's new air command and control system.
​Agreements between nine Nations and the Agency signed in December pave the way for a an extension of NATO's new air command and control system. On 23 March 2012, the North Atlantic Council approved Capability Package CP5A0109 Addendum 2, which identified the capability to provide SACEUR and appropriate Commanders with an extension of Air Command and Control System (ACCS) capability mainly to the Allied Nations who have joined NATO in 2004 and 2009. On completion of the project implementation, the ACCS Software Based Extension (ASBE) sites will be a fully integrated part of the NATO AirC2 System. The need for this essential capability was reinforced at the recent NATO Summit in Wales.To implement the ACCS extension, an MOU has been agreed between the Territorial Host Nations (THN) Albania, Estonia, Croatia, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia and the NATO Communication and Information Agency (NCI Agency) for co-operation in the planning and execution of their ASBE projects. On 11 December 2014 Senior Representatives from the nine Nations and the General Manager, on behalf of the NCI Agency, assembled in Brussels in order to formalize this agreement by adding our signatures. Signature by Bulgaria will follow in early 2015.The ASBE MOU means that the THNs have accepted Host Nationship for their respective ASBE projects. The General Manager, as Head of the NCI Agency, has accepted the responsibility to act as the Procurement Agent on behalf of the THNs. In essence this means that the Agency agreed to act as the THNs’ agent for the procurement and installation of the ASBE deliverables and the provision of services and support management, subject to allocation of appropriate resources by the financial authorities.The NCI Agency is responsible for procuring and implementing the ACCS programme, one of NATO’s largest common-funded projects. NATO’s new Air Command and Control System will become operational starting in 2015, initially in two NATO Command Structure (NCS) units, one static and one deployable, and three Validation Nations, Belgium, Italy and France. ACCS will then be replicated to eleven other NATO Nations followed by the NATO ASBE Nations. The final ACCS will be implemented through the completion of the additional NCS sites contained in the recently approved Addendum 3.Strengthening NATO’s Collective Defence“Anyone following current news will be very familiar with the need for NATO to maintain vigilance in its airspace. The agreements signed today are an important step in further strengthening collective defence in the air domain,” said Koen Gijsbers, General Manager of the NCI Agency.For more information on the programme, see: https://www.ncia.nato.int/Our-Work/Pages/AirC2/home.aspx
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