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Thales awarded NATO contract

The France-based defence contractor has been selected to bolster the multi-domain command capabilities of NATO forces.  

The France-based defence contractor has been selected to bolster the multi-domain command capabilities of NATO forces.  

The NATO Communications and Information Agency (NCI Agency) has awarded a contract to Thales for the installation of the NCOP system at 30 fixed and deployed command centres and the subsequent training of end users. 

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NCOP is designed to capture, aggregate and correlate georeferenced operational information collected from multi-domain operations, leveraging a cyber secure environment to generate a single comprehensive picture of the theatre of operations.

This is expected to provide a common operational picture (COP), capable of ensuring each entity has a shared view of the locations, actions and intentions of forces in the field.

Thales has reportedly developed a software system based on an open architecture, with specialised modules which can draw on the company’s experience across the command chain in compliance with commercial and military standards.

The system has been built to provide operational users with secure access to multiple COPs overlaid on a base map.

This latest contract builds on phases one and two of the NCOP program, with Thales tasked with helping NATO enhance its mission coordination, planning and command capabilities.

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For this latest phase, Thales is expected to partner with GEOS to deploy the software and provide training for users.

The NCOP 2 system is scheduled to be deployed in 2023 after field testing, operating alongside NATO’s own infrastructure.

Thales and GEOS are also expected to deliver comprehensive training for system administrators and users as well as on-site technical and operational assistance throughout the system adoption phase.

“This new selection reinforces our historical collaboration with the NATO Communications and Information Agency,” Gérard Herby, vice president, protection systems, Thales, said.

“We will build on the ongoing development of the NCOP 2 system and demonstrate Thales’ ability to deliver fully integrated solutions for our customers.”

[Related: Thales Australia, Ocius Technologies establish USV partnership]

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