Direct access

ThalesRaytheonSystems to supply NATO with Active Layered Theatre Ballistic Missile Defence capabilities

PrintZoom inZoom out

Mar 04, 2011

MASSY, France, (March 4th, 2011) – TRS Prime, a subsidiary of ThalesRaytheonSystems was awarded a contract by the NATO ACCS Management Agency (NACMA) for enhancements to the NATO Air Command and Control System as part of the Active Layered Theatre Ballistic Missile

Defence programme1 being developed for the protection of deployed troops inside and outside of NATO Territory.

The Air Command and Control System Theatre Missile Defence 1 Initial Operational Capability (ACCS TMD1 IOC) programme is for the Preliminary System Definition phase. It will be followed by a second phase consisting of the development, integration and testing of two increments leading to an Initial Operational Capability.

“As the NATO Lisbon summit declared, the scope of NATO’s ALTBMD will be
expanded beyond the protection of NATO deployed forces to also protect NATO European populations, territory and forces,” said Dr. Dr. van der Giet, General Manager NACMA. “The command and control enhancements developed under the ACCS TMD1 IOC programme provide a foundation to be leveraged in the future for Missile Defence.”

TRS Prime will lead an industrial team of 11 partners2 to enhance the ACCS LOC1 programme adding Ballistic Missile Defence functionalities within its deployable entities3.

“ThalesRaytheonSystems is extremely honoured to be a partner in providing unparalleled technology and expertise against ballistic missiles,” said Jack Harrington, Chief Executive Officer, ThalesRaytheonSystems, at the contract signature event attended by NATO in Brussels on 31st January.

The new functionality developed under the contract will provide sensor and weapon system configuration, management and coverage, air and missile track processing, dissemination, classification, display and alerting. It will also provide weapon system status, engagement, monitoring and control.

About ThalesRaytheonSystems
ThalesRaytheonSystems is an international company specializing in air defense systems, command and control systems, 3D air defense radars, battlefield and weapon locating radars. Since its founding in 2001, ThalesRaytheonSystems has become one of the defense industry’s most successful transatlantic joint ventures. The company employs 1,600 people and is equally owned by Raytheon and Thales.


1 The overall acquisition of the Active Layered Theatre Ballistic Missile Defence (ALTBMD) programme is ensured by the NATO ALTBMD Programme Office as mandated by NATO since 2005.

2 TRS Prime’s industrial partners include Air Command Systems International (France), CASSIDIAN, an EADS Company (Germany), Industrieanlagen-Betriebsgesellschaft mbH (Germany), INDRA Sistemas S.A. (Spain), L-3 Communications ASA (UK), Lockheed Martin (USA), Raytheon Company (USA), Selex Sistemi Integrati (Italy), Thales Air Systems (France), Thales Communications (France), and Thales Nederland B.V. (The Netherlands).

3 TRS Prime will enhance the NATO Air Command and Control System First Level of Operational Capability (ACCS LOC1) programme by adding Ballistic Missile Defence functionalities; providing NATO with an integrated Air and Missile defence capability within its deployable entities, the Deployable Combined Air Operations Centre (DCAOC) and the Deployable Air Control Centre, RAP Production Centre, Sensor Fusion Post (DARS). NATO ACCS LOC1 developed by ThalesRaytheonSystems is designed to replace NATO’s existing Air Command and Control systems in Europe and will set new standards of interoperability for air operations by providing a single, integrated approach to planning, tasking, monitoring and mission execution.