Airbus has signed a contract with the NATO Communications and Information Agency (NCI Agency) for the tactical refresh of the Balkans Information Technology Infrastructure. This will involve a hardware and software refresh to support Communications and Information Systems (CIS) on NATO networks of several classification levels. The contract also includes the replacement of telephone network infrastructure in the NATO Headquarters (NHQ) Sarajevo, with an up-to-date VoIP (Voice-over-Internet-protocol) solution already implemented across other NATO Headquarters.
The Communications and Information Systems support NATO and EUFOR missions in the Balkans Joined Operations Area (JOA), and at supporting headquarters at SHAPE (Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe) EU Staff Group and Naples European Union Command Element (EUCE). Completion of the project will ensure that the NHQ Sarajevo and Kosovo Forces can provide and maintain a reliable, secure, efficient and responsible IT infrastructure in support of their mission Command and Control.
Jostein Olsen, Head of Business NATO and Nordic at Airbus Defence and Space said: “Airbus has been present in the Balkan region for the last 20 years, supporting the NATO and EUFOR operational work, meaning we understand the requirements, procedures and processes at hand. This contract demonstrates the strong working partnership we have with the NCIA Agency, built on our extensive NATO experience and successful implementation of previous technology refresh”.
Airbus currently delivers a wide range of communication solutions to NATO, from satellite communication provision and equipment, through to deployable and static Communication and Information Systems. By assisting customers with the management of large volumes of data source, Airbus provides a clearer, more informed picture and enhance situations awareness across land, sea and air using IT infrastructure, networks and satellite communications capabilities.