NATO and ThalesRaytheonSystems sign contract for Theatre Missile Defence extension

  • 01 Feb. 2011 -
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  • Last updated: 02 Feb. 2011 10:36

TRSPrime, a subsidiary of ThalesRaytheonSystems, was awarded a contract by the NATO ACCS Management Agency (NACMA) for enhancements to the Air Command and Control System (ACCS) as part of the Active Layered Theatre Ballistic Missile Defence (ALTBMD) programme being developed for the protection of deployed troops.

ThalesRaytheonSystems CEO Jack Harrington and NACMA GM Dr Gerhard van der Giet

This award is for the Preliminary System Definition of the first phase of the ACCS TMD project and will be followed by the development, integration and testing of two increments leading to an Initial Operational Capability (IOC). The new functionality developed under the contract will provide sensor and weapon system configuration, management and coverage, air and missile track processing, dissemination, classification, display and alerting. It will also provide weapon system status, engagement, monitoring and control.

“As Allies decided at the NATO summit in Lisbon last November, the scope of ALTBMD will be expanded beyond the protection of deployed forces to also protect NATO European populations, territory and forces,” said Dr. Gerhard van der Giet, General Manager NACMA. “The command and control enhancements developed under the ACCS TMD project provide a future foundation for Missile Defence.”

ThalesRaytheonSystems will lead an industrial team of 11 partners to enhance the ACCS System, providing NATO with an integrated Air and Missile defence capability within its deployable entities, the Deployable Combined Air Operations Centre (DCAOC) and the Deployable Air Control Center, Recognised Air Picture (RAP) Production Centre, Sensor Fusion Post (DARS).


  1. The overall acquisition of the Active Layered Theatre Ballistic Missile Defence (ALTBMD) programme is ensured by the ALTBMD Programme Office as mandated by NATO since 2005.
  2. ThalesRaytheonSystems industrial partners include Air Command Systems International (France), CASSIDIAN, an EADS Company (Germany), IABG mbH (Germany), INDRA (Spain), L-3 Communications ASA (UK), Lockheed Martin (US), Raytheon Company (US), Selex SI (Italy), Thales Group (France), Thales Communications (France), and Thales Naval (The Netherlands).
  3. The NATO Air Command and Control First Level of Operational Capability (ACCS LOC1) programme developed by ThalesRaytheonSystems is designed to replace NATO’s existing air command and control systems in Europe and will set new standards of interoperability for air operations by providing a single, integrated approach to planning, tasking, monitoring and mission execution.