MASSY, France, April 8 (UPI) -- Full deployment of a unified air command and control system for NATO is closer to deployment following ACCS program testing in Belgium.
ThalesRaytheonSystems said an eight week test program of NATO's Air Command and Control System validated the ACCS system met the alliance's operational requirements.
Tested over eight weeks at the NATO System Test and Validation facility in Glons, Belgium, were the system's live system interfaces, full system redundancy and security requirements.
"This is a major step towards full deployment of a unified military air command and control system ultimately protecting 10 million square kilometers (3.8 million square miles) of airspace," said Enzo Montalti, program director, Air C2, at NATO. "The system will interconnect more than 20 military air control centers, providing a large spectrum of new and modern functionalities to all NATO air operators."
ThalesRaytheonSystems said the successful completion off the validation test paves the way for NATO members to go ahead with system validation at their national air command-and-control facilities.
Belgium, France, Germany and Italy are expected to be the first to do so.
"We are very proud of this success, which proves the readiness of the ACCS system to meet the challenging demands of our NATO customer's mission." said Jack Harrington, chief executive officer of ThalesRaytheonSystems. "We are delighted to have worked so closely with NATO to reach this significant milestone and remain fully committed to the successful fielding of the ACCS system now underway at the 15 initial ACCS sites."