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04 14 2021

NATO invests one million EUR upgrading its deployable air command and control capability

The NATO Communications and Information (NCI) Agency has awarded a contract to Marshall Netherlands to upgrade the NATO Deployable Air Command and Control Component's (DACCC) communications systems.

The upgrades will modernize the way in which NATO's transportable shelters transmit, relay and receive mission data.

NATO invests one million EUR upgrading its air command and control capability

"The upgrades will future-proof this capability, making it easier and cheaper to operate and maintain through employing modern, state-of-the-art communications technology," said Artur Gawlowski, Principal Project Manager.

This one million EUR contract complements the contracts already awarded to Thales Norway and General Dynamics Mission Systems for a combined value of 6.6 million EUR. This latest contract will enable the current communications suite to be replaced with a more modern voice over internet protocol-based communication system.

This project will also upgrade the tactical data link – which enables Allies to send and receive mission data.

These upgrades are part of the Agency's ongoing work to deliver NATO's Air Command and Control System (ACCS) into operations. NATO ACCS will provide the backbone that supports the planning, tasking and execution of all air and missile defence operations, both in Europe, and on deployed operations.

This important upgrade work will ensure that the DACCC can continue to support NATO, both within NATO's European territory, and on deployment. The DACCC supports the control of air missions, including surface-to-air missiles, air traffic management and control, area air surveillance, production of a Recognized Air Picture and other tactical control functions.

Previously contracted design and equipment procurement activities have continued on schedule despite ongoing COVID-19 pandemic restrictions. The installation and testing of the new equipment will start in the coming months. The transportable shelters are currently stationed in Poggio Renatico, Italy.

The Agency plans to complete this project in 2023.