Photostory: Smart Defence - projects in the pipeline
15 October 2013
Project name: Pooling Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) capabilities
Timeline: should be effective from end 2013
Who: 8 NATO countries
Effect: Establishes a multinational CBRN battalion and a framework to conduct multinational training and exercises.
Project name: Multinational cyber defence capability development
Timeline: the framework is planned to be ready by end 2013
Who: 5 NATO nations
Effect: Development of cyber defence capabilities protecting against - and reacting to - cyber attacks against communications and command systems infrastructure.
Project name: Multinational military flight crew training
Timeline: pooling and sharing use of fixed-wing and helicopter flight training installations should be effective from end 2013
Who: 6 NATO and 4 partner countries
Effect: Rationalising pilot training brings savings and provides a critical enabler for smaller nations that have difficulties to maintain this training capability on their own.
Project name: Multinational Aviation Training Centre (MATC)
Timeline: expected to be effective from mid-2014
Who: 5 NATO countries
Effect: Rationalising training for flying and ground helicopter personnel will bring economies of scale, remove inefficiencies, increase interoperability and lay the groundwork for potential further downstream integration.
Project name: Jet aircraft upgrade to be NATO universal armaments interface compliant
Timeline: should be completed by end 2014
Who: 9 NATO and 1 partner country
Effect: Creating a standard for weapons integration on aircraft, which will reduce future costs, increase interoperability, and reduce time to market for the integration of new weapons.
Project name: Multinational joint headquarters Ulm, Germany
Timeline: the headquarters was inaugurated on 2 July 2013
Who: 15 NATO and 2 partner countries take part in this project
Effect: The headquarters exercises command and control for multinational operations tasked by NATO, the European Union, or the United Nations. It is the only multinational and joint Bundeswehr command equipped to deploy anywhere in the world at any time to exercise command and control of operations abroad.
Project name: Pooling maritime patrol aircraft
Timeline: estimated to be up and running in July 2014
Who: 5 NATO countries
Effect: Creation of a multinational framework to pool and share maritime patrol aircraft for operations and exercises, allowing more efficient allocation.
Project name: Multinational logistics partnership, helicopter maintenance
Timeline: completed in June 2013
Who: 5 NATO and 1 partner
Effect: Reduction of helicopter repair times by up to 90 per cent through a multinational approach to helicopter maintenance in Afghanistan, saving millions of euros.