Air Command and Control

NATO air operations, from peacetime to crisis, rely on a structure that comprises personnel, infrastructure and Command and Control Systems. Air Command and Control Systems enable NATO delivery of effective, efficient and agile air power whenever, wherever and however it is required.

The future Air Command and Control Systems will consist of two main pillars: the Air Command and Control System (ACCS) and the Air Command and Control Information System (AirC2IS).

ACCS will enable air processes within the tactical and operational environments, encompassing tasking and execution of air missions.  This system will, for the first time, be fully integrated with real / non-real time capabilities.  ACCS will form the backbone of NATO Integrated Air and Missile Defense System (NATINAMDS), allowing full integration of Air Policing assets and Ballistic Missile Defence (BMD), and for the Alliance to conduct effective deployed Air Command and Control.

AirC2IS, part of the wider Bi-Strategic Command Automated Information System (Bi-SC AIS), will enhance interoperability of the Air Component with other commands.  Moreover, within the joint arena, AirC2IS will improve air and BMD planning at the strategic and operational levels.

Two new systems are being fielded across NATO, utilising an incremental approach and ultimately replacing older static and deployable Air Command and Control systems. Entering this challenging yet promising era, the new systems will enhance Allied Air Command’s ability to execute the full spectrum of current and emerging missions, well into the future.

Read more about NATO’s Air Command and Control Systems here.


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