ThalesRaytheonSystems successfully completes the latest in a series of tests of the NATO Air Command and Control System
Nov 12, 09
MASSY, France and FULLERTON, Calif., (November 12, 2009) – ThalesRaytheonSystems successfully completed its latest in a series of tests of the NATO Air Command and Control System Level of Operational Capability 1. NATO ACCS LOC 1 is a modern air operations and management system and NATO’s largestever software development scheduled for replication across NATO over the next five years.
The System Test 1-1 was a three-week event witnessed by the NATO ACCS Management Agency. The testinvolved live and simulated conditions and data exchanges between external sensors, data links and NATOcommand and control units at the NATO ACCS System Test and Validation Facility (STVF) in Glons,Belgium and other NATO sites. The test, which was six months in preparation was the first to be carried outat the STVF following a successful factory system test phase at TRS facilities in Massy, France.
Featuring more than 50 test cases, thousands of individual steps, and countless processing hours, ST1-1 wasthe first in a series of on site critical tests planned for NATO ACCS LOC 1. Following a second test at theGlons facility scheduled at the end of 2010, the NATO ACCS LOC 1 software will be installed in fourvalidation sites including Belgium, France, Germany and Italy, and tested in a standalone entityconfiguration. Subsequently a final phase will test all validation sites simultaneously in a fully integratedACCS configuration.
Designed to replace NATO’s existing air command and control systems, the NATO ACCS LOC 1 software by Air Command Systems International, a ThalesRaytheonSystems company, uses open-system architectureto adapt to changing operational requirements such as theatre missile defense and network-centric warfare.When fully deployed, all ACCS entities will use the same system of hardware and software, and will shareoperational data over a fully-integrated, high-speed communications network.
Formed eight 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.