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Jan 15 2021

NATO Agency awards contract to replace military messaging service


The NATO Communications and Information (NCI) Agency has awarded a contract to Thales Norway AS, valued at 60.7 million Norwegian Krone (5.7 million EUR) to replace NATO's current military messaging capability. 


NATO Nations, commands, and agencies use the military messaging capability to exchange formal messages in a secure way.

NATO Agency awards contract to replace military messaging service

"This system is used during peacetime, training, exercises and in times of crisis. It is absolutely essential for NATO, and we are committed to ensuring our means for communications are modern, secure, and highly resilient in times of crisis," said Thomas Castle, Senior Project Manager at the NCI Agency.

The project includes a software application, message processing, management features and gateway services. Together, those tools and services will enable staff officers to exchange formal messages within NATO and with NATO Nations as part of NATO's formal Consultation, Command and Control (C3) activities.

A pilot of the new system will be implemented in the maritime community based in Northwood, United Kingdom, in December 2021, with other NATO locations to follow in subsequent phases of the project.

A competition was conducted for the project. Thales Norway was selected for the contract on the basis of best value.