On 4 June 2018, the NCI Agency completed the delivery of the new Voice Communication System for Air Command and Control to Iceland. The project, managed by the Air and Missile Defence Command and Control Directorate, was delivered on time and budget and constitutes the first of 5 VCS systems procured by the NCI Agency from CS - Communication & System and Thales Norway as part of the Air Command and Control System (ACCS) Software Based Element (ASBE).
Representatives from Iceland met with the Director AMDC2, Mr. Michael Stoltz, as the system was handed over for operational use.
The excellent cooperation between the Icelandic team (led by Keflavik Base Commander Mr. Jon Guðnason and Mr. Björgvin Ingimarsson) and Air Missile Defence Command and Control (AMDC2) team was crucial to overcome the many challenges faced in the implementation of the project. A very positive outcome was the excellent and trusted professional relationship forged between the host nation and the Agency, always a long term goal of the Agency.
According to Icelandic representatives, "the integration of NATO Air Command and Control System (ACCS)/ Voice Communications equipment (VCE) in Iceland is an important milestone in the project of upgrading Iceland Air Defence System to NATO ACCS. The system replaces the legacy Voice Communication System that had been in operation from 1994.To receive a system like ACCS/VCE on time, on budget and on scope is most important to the smallest NATO nation, with a population of only 350.000 and therefore limited resources. We have been able to participate and monitor the project from the beginning and we have been extremely satisfied with the NCI Agency's performance and professional leadership in all phases. We are looking forward to future NCI Agency projects and cooperation with highly qualified professionals."
The Director AMDC2, Mr. Michael Stoltz, acknowledged the strategic importance of Iceland, praised the cooperation between the host nation and the Agency teams, as well as the effort of the VCE Contractor to deliver a complex system on time.
This Voice Communication System (which includes telephony, radio and voice loops) was procured from a consortium (CS - Communication & System and Thales Norway), who has productively and constructively worked together with the Agency and the host nation to ensure a timely delivery of the system.
Representing the VCE Contractor, Mr. Tony Valin from CS - Communication & System, took the opportunity to thank the NCI Agency for the cooperating environment in which the project took place, setting a very positive outlook for future challenges to the project.
A previous delivery of this VCS is already being used operationally in the scope of the SHAPE Baltic Air Policing mission since February 2017 at the Combined Control and Reporting Centre in Karmelava, Lithuania - where cooperation between LTC Dainoras Sakalavicius's team from Lithuanian Air Force and NCI Agency was also a key factor.
The scope of the project will be fully achieved with the delivery of the VCS to Latvia, Romania, Bulgaria and Estonia.