LONDON, July 29 (UPI) -- The British Ministry of Defense has contracted IBM to provide the U.K. Air Surveillance Command and Control System with management support.
U.S. company IBM signed the five-year strategic agreement with the Defense Ministry's Defense Equipment and Support department. Under the deal, IBM will manage the Air Surveillance Command and Control System, or UCCS, which is designed to identify and monitor aircraft in British airspace.
Officials say the UCCS real-time tracking technology cross-checks aircraft flying above the United Kingdom against filed flight plans. The UCCS system is part of an effort to alert the Royal Air Force of any suspicious aircraft in order to take appropriate countermeasures.
"Continued support and development of the UCCS system remains vital to the defense of the U.K. homeland," Air Commodore Mark Wordley, British HQ Air Command air officer battlespace management, said in a statement.
"Furthermore the UCCS system supports key training activities essential for the preparation of Joint Forces deploying to operational theaters."