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Jun 17 2020

Agency to procure support from industry for NATO Ballistic Missile Defence capabilities


The NATO Communications and Information (NCI) Agency released on 3 June 2020 an Invitation for Bids to provide system engineering, integration and testing support to NATO's Ballistic Missile Defence (BMD) Programme until 2029.

This 60 million EUR contract will have a duration of four years with four additional optional years. The contract will also includes a preliminary transition period of up to six months to guarantee business continuity and to enable a new winning bidder to familiarize with the Programme.

This support will be used in the ongoing development and fielding of NATO's BMD capabilities. The bidding window closes on 1 September 2020, and the Agency expects to award the contract in the second quarter of 2021.

Agency to procure support from industry for NATO Ballistic Missile Defence capabilities

In 2005, the North Atlantic Council approved a capability package to provide NATO-Wide Theatre Missile Defence. Five years later, in 2010, Heads of State and Government agreed to expand the programme beyond the protection of NATO deployed forces to also protect NATO European populations, territory and forces.

In July 2016, Allies declared Initial Operational Capability of NATO's BMD capability, which offers a stronger capability to defend Alliance populations, territory and forces across southern NATO Europe against a potential ballistic missile attack. This capability will keep providing the necessary support to NATO as the Agency works to deliver the next expected capability declarations.

The Agency also expects to release this summer another Invitation for Bids under this Programme for an estimated value of 11 million EUR (download the Notification of Intent here). That contract will cover certain services for the BMD Integration Test Bed, which supports test and exercise events at both the system and architecture level.

The Test Bed is responsible for ensuring that technical requirements are met and that operational interoperability with other NATO and national systems is assured.

Bidders are free to bid either one, or on both of these two contracts.