NATO FORACS Office
The NATO FORACS Office at the NATO Headquarters in Brussels has a staff of four personnel who provide technical direction, scheduling and funding coordination for the project.
The technical validity of NATO FORACS data is monitored by the eight participating nations with the assistance of the NATO FORACS Office. Special testing is periodically conducted to insure data validity.
Requests for testing are normally sent by message to the NATO FORACS Office. Test schedules are finalized six months in advance of the calendar year; however, changes to the schedule can be arranged throughout the year. Two to five days should be planned for each ship.
Basic facilities have been provided through the NATO Security Investment Program. Operational costs are paid by the eight sponsoring nations: Canada, Denmark, Germany, Greece, Italy, Norway, the United Kingdom, and the Unites States of America.
Other NATO nations are welcome to use the facilities on a daily cost basis. Non-NATO nations may use the facilities on a daily cost basis, if the request is approved by the NATO Council. Such a request has to be sent to the NATO FORACS Office in Brussels.
A Brief History
|1974||A Memorandum of Understanding was signed by seven NATO nations to formalize the NATO FORACS Project.|
|1977||The NATO FORACS Office (NFO) was established in London and later moved to NATO Headquarters in Brussels.|
|1978||NATO FORACS Norway (NFN) was opened for test operations near Stavanger.|
|1984||NATO FORACS Greece (NFG) became operational near Souda Bay, Crete.|
|1994||NATO FORACS AUTEC, headquartered in Florida (USA), became an associate NATO FORACS test facility.|
|Canada was welcomed as an eighth sponsoring member.|
|1999||NATO FORACS conducted the first deployed FORACS trials.|
|since 2008||NATO FORACS Project (NFA, NFG, NFN, NFO) has been ISO 9001 certified.|
|2012/2016||STANAG 4710, ANEP 82 ratified/promulgated|
Other National Test Facilities in the Vicinity of:
NATO FORACS AUTEC
NATO FORACS Greece (NFG)
NATO FORACS Norway (NFN)
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