ThalesRaytheonSystems awarded NATO contract to make enhanced Ballistic Missile Defense capabilities operational this year
05 July 2010
MASSY, France – ThalesRaytheonSystems (TRS) has been awarded a contract by NATO’s Active Layered Theater Ballistic Missile Defense (ALTBMD) Program Office to provide the alliance commanders with real-time interim ballistic missile defense capabilities for deployed forces by the end of 2010.
“ThalesRaytheonSystems is proud to deliver a theater air and missile defense system to ensure the future security of NATO deployed forces,” said Jack Harrington, chief executive officer, ThalesRaytheonSystems. “Initial testing will take place during a NATO exercise in July, and the system is expected to be operational by the end of the year.”
ThalesRaytheonSystems will deliver the Air Command and Control System (ACCS) Theatre Missile Defense (TMD) component of NATO’s ALTBMD Interim Capability Step 2 Real-Time (InCa 2 RT). This program will enhance the alliance’s command and control capabilities by integrating the alliance nations’ contributions in areas such as space-based Shared Early Warning, Early Warning Frigates and weapons systems. ThalesRaytheonSystems, under the direction of ALTBMD Program Office, will work in close cooperation with NATO’s C3 Agency to field InCa 2. This deployment will be the first operational use of NATO’s ACCS LOC1 software, currently being developed by ThalesRaytheonSystems as the prime contractor.
“Our commitment is to use our experience in NATO and national studies, air C4I, exercises and programs to develop effective integrated air and missile defense solutions,” said Harrington, who also briefed at Eurosatory 2010 in Paris about the company’s successful factory and site acceptance tests for the two NATO ACCS TMD prototypes. These prototypes were completed ahead of schedule in April and May.
With successful prototype testing and the NATO ALTBMD contract award, ThalesRaytheonSystems continues to be a defense sector leader in the development of systems capable of countering the full range of modern-day threats. Other missile defense contracts awarded to ThalesRaytheonSystems, as part of TeamSAIC, include the ALTBMD Systems Engineering and Integration architecture program in 2006, and the Battle Management Command, Control and Communication TMD Prototypes awarded in 2009.
Formed nine years ago, ThalesRaytheonSystems is an international company specializing in air defense systems, command and control systems, 3D air defense radars, battlefield and counter- battery radars. The company employs 1,600 people and is equally owned by Raytheon and Thales.
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