Core ACCS Development and Validation

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ACCS Theatre Missile Defence

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Deployable AirC2 Components

The Deployable Air Command and Control Centre (DACCC) comprises a suite of projects to support an ACCS capability, able to be deployed as a backup to static capabilities or specific tasking within NATO boundaries or outside the NATO AOR. The projects include:-

DARS1 has the same capability as a static ARS.  It is provided in 11 20ft ISO Containers. It The two Link Support Shelters (LSS) providing the core system and communications assets (U/V/HF, L11, L16), two Transport Shelters (TS) providing transportation of antenna etc and a scalable provision of between 8 and 56 Work Positions (WP) across 7 Operations Shelters (OS).

The DARS shelters are provided with integrated Air Conditioning, Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS), a high level of redundancy and supported by additional communications assets (Tactical Satellite Ground Terminal (TGST), SRLO etc), deployable sensors, Support equipment (PMSE, DSP etc) to provide the capability to deploy worldwide in all environments.  The DARS1 has been delivered to the DACCC as a consequence of the HW being accepted from industry. The PSA is planned last quarter 14.

DARS Quick Reaction Package is in effect a DARS1 where the LSS is contained in a single ISO container and so it has a smaller capacity in terms of supporting up to 4 OS. It is also provided with the support equipment as detailed for the DARS. The DARS QRP has been delivered to the DACCC as a consequence of the HW being accepted from industry. The PSA is planned last quarter 14.

DCAOC is a scalable Deployable CAOC and is housed in 120-420 man-portable Transport Cases (TC) capable of being setup in building of opportunity (e.g. Hotels, Warehouse etc) or tents/air-beams etc. It provides a full ACC CAOC functionality on up to 56 WPs with HF, U/VHF, L11 and L16 connectivity. The DCAOC is also provided with additional organic TSGT and SRLOS assets (GER is HN). The DCAOC PSA is planned last quarter 14.

Tactical Satellite Ground Terminal.  The Tactical Satellite Ground Terminal (TGST) provides the DACCC with organic and autonomous satellite communications capabilities to provide connectivity within the static ACCS structure or to deployed Communications and Sensors. The TSGT equipment is provided with its own transportation and power generation equipment.

Microwave Short Range Line of Sight.  The Microwave Short Range Line of Sight system provides a line of sight microwave link capability and is housed in man-portable containers.

Prime Mission Support Equipment – Deployability Support.  Prime Mission Support Equipment – Deployability Support is a collection of projects to provide the Transportation and Power Generation System to support DARS1 and QRP deployment.  Trucks and PGS have been provided to the DACCC to support deployment for on-going training and exercise.  The PGS provide a 24/7 power backup and power supply capability.

Deployable Support Package.  The Deployable Support Package will supply the camp infrastructure, tent accommodation, washrooms, kitchens, water / fuel services and vehicles to support the personnel deployed with the DACCC.  Most of the project has been delivered to support exercise and training ahead of operational deployments

Ground-Air-Ground and Ground-Maritime.  The Ground-Air-Ground and Ground-Maritime projects provide an additional deployed communications that can be connected to the DARS/QRP to provide remote communications.  These assets are provided with transportation and power generation equipment.

Deployable Sensors Element.  The Deployable Sensors Element comprises two types of assets, passive and active sensors.  These systems will provide a detection capability to the DARS or QRP.  These systems will be deployable.

Personal Communication System.  The Personal Communication System provides the equivalent of a telephone exchange.  In addition it provides inter-vehicle and inter-person communication for the deployments themselves at both short and long range.  

ACCS Software Based Elements

The nations who joined NATO in 2006 requested the Alliance to extend the ACCS capability into their territory.  An Addendum to the Capability Package was prepared to fill the AirC2 capability gap in these Nations.  A Project Implementation Plan was issued in May 2012 and stipulated that "the adaptation and maintenance of the ACCS furnished software, as well as system installation and integration, should be conducted by NPC."  An ACCS Extension Coordination Working Group has been established to govern the ACCS Software Based Elements (ASBE) capability development.

Three sets of key documents are to be prepared, coordinated and approved:

  • For the Site Specific Type B Cost Estimates (TBCE), AirC2PO&S has provided the framework and guidance to build up the content.  The ASBE Nations are working on the site specifications.
  • Nations are gathering and incorporating information on Information Exchange requirements.

Link 16@29,000 feet

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The L16@29K project provides Link 16 coverage at 29,000 feet for the NATO Airborne Early Warning fleet and is the largest Link 16 international ground site implementation in the world.  The project comprises procurement, installation and test of Link 16 Equipment Suites (ES) and ancillary equipment at 47 sites within 14 nations and integration into ACCS.  The installed L16ES will consist of: Multifunctional Information Distribution System Low Volume Terminals 4 and the hardware and software needed to enable communication, both voice and data, clear and secure via a designated ACCS host site.

AirC2 Information System

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Addendum 3 to ACCS Capability Package 5A0109

This project is currently under development and staffing at multiple levels and covers the adaptation and proliferation of ACCS for the new NATO Command Structure, i.e.

Software adaptation for Air Operations

Joint Force Air Command Ramstein

  • CAOC Torrejon
  • CAOC Uedem upgrade
  • DACCC Poggio Renatico
  • and provision of ACCS / AirC2IS equipment for Ramstein and Torrejon