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Hensoldt and L3Harris Partner for NATO AFSC Programme

Platform-Independent Mission Solutions for Next-Generation Surveillance

Hensoldt and L3Harris Technologies have joined forces to develop new capabilities for NATO’s Alliance Future Surveillance and Control (AFSC) programme. The companies have signed a joint strategic cooperation agreement to combine their respective skills in the areas of platform-independent mission solutions.

Among other things, Hensoldt will contribute capabilities in active and passive sensors, sensor data fusion and network management capabilities. “Next-generation surveillance requires an intelligent approach to platform-independent, networked high-end sensors, AI-based date exploitation and dissemination” commented Jürgen Halder, Head of Strategic Projects at Hensoldt’s Spectrum Dominance division. “L3Harris and Hensoldt, with their respective strengths, are ideally suited to offer NATO the optimum solution.”

Our team will explore open systems, multi-function solutions and data-centric concepts to sustain the NATO Alliance’s military advantage from 2035 and beyond,” explained Dave Johnson, VP Strategy, Integrated Mission Systems, L3Harris.

The two companies are part of an international team that brings together NATO nations’ industrial expertise in surveillance and control. This team will analyse the risks and feasibility of technologies and components within its systems of systems approach to enhance the NATO Alliance’s capabilities to 2035 and beyond.  L3Harris’ international teammates share a common vision: to increase the effectiveness and efficiency of future NATO military operations through the procurement and integration of a multi-domain (AFSC) capability centred around the data enterprise.

A schematic of AFSC’s notional structure. (Image via Hensoldt)

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