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  • Ramstein To Raise Missile Defense Awareness
    Posted by Nicholas Fiorenza 4:47 PM on Jan 23, 2012

    NATO's air command in Ramstein, Germany, is being equipped with an interim capability to produce an integrated air and missile situational awareness picture. The NATO Air Command and Control System Management Agency (NACMA) today signed a €3 million contract on behalf of the NATO Active Layered Theater Ballistic Missile Defense Programme Office with ThalesRaytheonSystems to deliver a ballistic missile defense interim capability element at the command, the NATO Consultation, Command and Control Agency (NC3A) announced.

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    Communication van (NC3A photo)

    Implementation of the contract within the next three months will provide Ramstein the same air and missile situational awareness as the NATO combined air operations center (CAOC) in Uedem, also in Germany, giving NATO the capability to conduct 24/7 territorial missile defense operations while simultaneously deploying a theater missile defense command and control capability to any theater of operations. It will also improve the ability of a NATO commander to plan and shape a missile defense mission by monitoring and reporting ballistic missile defense events to key NATO locations in collaboration with US forces, according to the NC3A. The contract will replicate at Ramstein the operational hardware and software of the existing NATO interim theater ballistic missile defense capability currently provided by a communications van deployed at the CAOC in Uedem based on the latest configuration of the NATO Air Command and Control System (ACCS).

    The NC3A said implementation of the contract will be an important step towards NATO's objective of declaring an interim missile defense capability at its Chicago summit in May.

    Tags: ar99, NATO

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