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02 9 2017

Common Air Command and Control infrastructure defending NATO

ACCS (Air Command and Control System), NATO's most valuable programme to date, is set to cover 10 million square kilometres of airspace when fully deployed.

This advanced system, supported and maintained by the NCI Agency, integrates such functions as aircraft control, air traffic control, command and control and airspace surveillance among others.

It will eventually replace National and NATO systems, interconnecting more than 20 military aircraft control centres in Europe.


"The most important thing is that we provide [with ACCS] a picture to link between the technical and the operational level," said MGEN Dré Kraak, Commander of the Deployable Air Command and Control Centre (DACCC) in a newly-released NCI Agency documentary which can be found on our YouTube channel.

"So what we do here, the picture that we provide with ACCS can be linked directly to the higher headquarters so they know what's going on and they can take their decisions based on what ACCS and our system is providing."

In 2016, the Combined Air Operations Centre for Northern Europe in Uedem, Germany (CAOC Uedem) became the second site across the Alliance to start using the Air Command and Control System (ACCS) for its operations after the DACCC in Poggio Renatico, Italy.

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.

Common Air Command and Control infrastructure defending NATO