Common Air Command and Control infrastructure defending NATO

By Livia Majercsik 2/9/2017
NATO's Air Command and Control System (ACCS) is integrating functions as aircraft control, air traffic control, command and control and airspace surveillance among others, in protection of NATO.

NATO's Air Command and Control System (ACCS) is integrating functions as aircraft control, air traffic control, command and control and airspace surveillance among others, in protection of NATO.

It interconnects more than 20 military aircraft control centres, replacing national and NATO systems, also connecting the two existing NATO Combined Air Operations Centres (CAOC) in Uedem, Germany and in Torrejón, Spain and the one NATO Deployable Air Command and Control Centre (DACCC) in Poggio Renatico, Italy.

 

 „We are able to provide NATO with a recognized air picture anywhere in the world. We can link the tactical and the operational levels, sending the picture to NATO Headquarters, to decision-makers." – said MGEN Dré Kraak, Commander of DACCC, emphasizing the importance of live interconnectivity on the political level, after ACCS became operational first in May 2015 in Poggio Renatico.

CAOC Uedem reached Early Operational Capability in January, 2016 and new sites are getting ACSS in 2017. When fully deployed, ACCS will cover 10 million squarekilometres of airspace. The support and maintenance of the CIS infrastructure for ACCS is provided by the NCI Agency.

ACCS continues to develop and improve, and it soon will be supporting NATO Ballistic Missile Defence operations, as well.

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