|Updated: 21-Nov-2002||NATO Press Releases|
(2002)136 21 Nov. 2002
NATO AGS radar cooperation statement of intent
NATO welcomes the news that six of its member nations, from both sides of the Atlantic, have joined together to pursue cooperative development of a radar that will be an essential element of an Alliance Ground Surveillance (AGS) capability. Earlier this week, prior to the Prague NATO Summit, the National Armaments Directors of France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, and the United States signed a "Statement of Intent to Assess a Cooperative Radar Development.
The Statement of Intent is a practical demonstration of true and equitable
transatlantic cooperation and specifies that the participating nations
will jointly design and build a radar sensor, leveraging, where possible,
technology from existing programs. Specific technology and information
sharing agreements are yet to be worked out, but the goal is to maximize
the exchange of information among participants and their industries, within
the constraints of each nation. The Transatlantic Cooperative AGS Radar
(TCAR) will be designed primarily for the ongoing NATO core-owned and
operated AGS project, but will also be available for participants'use
to meet other national defense requirements.