May 17, 2012 ASDNews Source : ThalesRaytheonSystems
ThalesRaytheonSystems (TRS) Ballistic Missile Defence (BMD) Interim Capability (InCa) system deployed successfully during a recent NATO Air and Missile Defence Exercise (AMDEX) at Ramstein in Germany.
TRS delivered a key component of the interim BMD capability for the NATO Air Command Centre at Ramstein following a contract awarded to TRS in January 2012 by the NATO Air Command and Control System Management Agency on behalf of the Active Layered Theatre Ballistic Missile Defence (ALTBMD) Programme.
Operational achievements at AMDEX included the connection of the Ballistic Missile Defence Operations Center (BMDOC) at Air Command Ramstein to NATO Command and Control units, sensors, weapons systems across NATO nations, and to US ships to support engagement monitoring, and exchanging of critical data with the US Command and Control System.
Commenting on the AMDEX exercise and key achievements, Alessandro Pera, ALTMBD Programme Manager said, “I am very proud of the fact that we have delivered BMD capabilities for territorial protection in such a short timeframe, and that the operational community is satisfied with the results.”
“TRS’ experience in deploying Air C4I and sensor systems around the world demonstrates our expertise to build and develop systems, with our customers, that can address evolving threats including territorial missile defence and theatre missile defence command and control capability; a top threat facing NATO and a focus at the forthcoming NATO Chicago Summit,” said Jack Harrington, Chief Executive Officer at ThalesRaytheonSystems. “As the world’s first fully integrated Command and Control system and largest Air Operations system of its kind, NATO ACCS developed by TRS is currently under test by multiple nations and plays a key role in NATO's BMD infrastructure,” Harrington added.
At AMDEX, ACCS also demonstrated the Real Time Ballistic Missile engagement monitoring tool that has been under development as part of NATO’s ALTBMD Programme, and that will in the future transition to NATO's primary Command and Control system for execution of BMD engagements. ACCS, an example of Smart Defence, provides opportunities for common training, standard operational procedures and centralized maintenance for all NATO nations, significantly reducing support costs and increasing manning flexibility. As NATO evolves in the future, ACCS is designed to adapt to new operational challenges whether it be for continued advancements to Air C2 or additional Ballistic Missile Defense capabilities. ACCS provides the solid command and control foundation for the alliance.