December 2, 2011 defense-aerospace.com
(Source: ThalesRaytheonSystems; issued December 2, 2011)
MASSY, France --– ThalesRaytheonSystems (TRS) has been awarded a contract by the NATO Air Command and Control System Management Agency on behalf of the NATO Active Layered Theatre Ballistic Missile Defence (ALTBMD) Programme, to upgrade the operational hardware and software of the ALTBMD Interim Theatre Missile Defence (TMD) Capability (InCa).
“ThalesRaytheonSystems is committed to supporting this alliance focused approach. Systems such as the Air Command and Control System Level of Operational Capability 1 (ACCS LOC1) and Missile Defence on top of ACCS LOC1 will be critically important to fight as one alliance with warfighters from across the nations trained on common highly interoperable Command and Control systems,” said Jack Harrington, CEO, ThalesRaytheonSystems, during a briefing to NATO and industry participants at the contract signature ceremony in the NATO headquarters in Brussels, Belgium.
TRS was awarded a contract to develop TMD InCa Step 2 in June 2010 and delivered its part of the system to the end users in December of 2010. TRS worked in close cooperation with the NATO’s ALTBMD Programme Office to field TMD InCa Step 2 and again in August 2011 to conduct operational exercises.
TRS will soon implement additional operator identified requirements to enhance the alliance’s Command and Control capabilities. Under this contract TRS will be upgrading TMD InCa Step 2 to the latest configuration of NATO ACCS. As the world’s first fully integrated C2 system for planning, tasking and execution of air operations, NATO ACCS replaces multiple aging air C2 systems in the NATO nations.
ThalesRaytheonSystems is an international company specializing in air defence systems, command and control systems, 3-D air defence radars, battlefield and weapon locating radars. Since its founding in 2001, ThalesRaytheonSystems has become one of the defence industry’s most successful transatlantic joint ventures. The company employs 1,600 people and is equally owned by Raytheon and Thales.