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.

Quality Control

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:


  • The US Navy Atlantic Undersea Test and Evaluation Center is collocated with NFA and provides a wide range of test facilities, including a large, three-dimensional tracking range for precise location of subsurface, surface, and in-air objects. Fixed, mobile and deployable targets can also be offerred.
  • NATO FORACS Greece (NFG)

    • The NATO Missile Firing Installation (NAMFI) is located in the Souda Bay area, a few kilometers from NFG.
    • A Hellenic Navy degaussing range is located in Souda Bay.

    NATO FORACS Norway (NFN)

    • Underwater Noise Test Range north of Bergen, approximately 120 NM north of NFN operated by the Royal Norwegian Navy on behalf of Germany, the Netherlands and Norway.
    • Mine Countermeasures Vessel Degaussing Range, owned and operated by the Royal Norwegian Navy, situated approximately 6 NM south of NFN.
    • Missile Firing Range at Vigdel, owned and operated by the Royal Norwegian Navy, approximately 15 NM south of NFN.

    For further information, please contact:

    NATO FORACS Office
    NATO Headquarters
    1110 Brussels (Belgium)
    Tel +32-2-707-4244