NATO contracts missile defence upgrades
On 4 November 2011, the NATO Air Command and Control System Management Agency on behalf of the NATO Active Layered Theatre Ballistic Missile Defence Programme Office (ALTBMD PO) and in coordination with the NATO C3 Agency, signed a contract with ThalesRaytheonSystems (TRS) to implement operator identified requirements in NATO's Interim Theatre Ballistic Missile Defence Capability.
The contract will upgrade the operational hardware and software of the interim capability to the standards being implemented in the latest configuration of NATO’s Air Command and Control System (ACCS).
Industry engineers from TRS will work in support of the ALTBMD programme to deliver an upgraded interim capability that will serve NATO’s operational needs for the next several years and can also form the basis of an interim territorial ballistic missile defence capability.
The results of the work will be implemented in the NATO command and control network within the next six months to broaden the capabilities of the NATO Commander to perform ballistic missile defence missions.
“The signature of this contract represent another incremental step in the effort to provide the NATO Commander with a new, critical capability against the growing proliferation of ballistic missiles capable of delivering weapons of mass destruction,” said Mr Bernard Garot ACCS Programme Director and MG (ret) Alessandro Pera, ALTBMD Programme Manager. “In cooperation with our industry and national partners we continue to keep a rapid pace of programme implementation.”
Earlier this year Team TRS engineers from companies across Europe and US formed a core technical team that started work to define the next steps of the ALTBMD Programme - the TBMD Initial Operational Capability.