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NCIA Plans €1.4 Billion in Contracts Over Next 18 Months

Satcom Figures High on Alliance Agenda

As the NATO Communications and Information (NCI) Agency kicks off its annual NITEC industry conference in Oslo, 20-22 May, the agency confirms it expects to place contracts valued at around €1.4 billion over the next 18 months.

As NATO’s technology and cyber leader, NCI works to deliver technology and services to NATO nations and commands. In the next year and a half, it expects to issue bids for, or award contracts in areas such as cyber security; joint intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance; and satellite communications. Plans in these and otjher vital areas include:

Satellite Communications: €189 million for transmission services for the space, ground and control resources to support NATO operations from 2020-2034;

Cyber Security: €129 million for refreshing and optimising security technology for NATO’s communications and information systems;

Deployable Communications and Information Systems (CIS): €153.2 million spread across a number of projects, to include capability enhancements;

Nuclear Command and Control Services: NATO plans to invest €15-20 million to ensure a safe, secure and effective nuclear deterrent in the face of new technologies and threats. These funds will be used in part to develop software and procure IT equipment;

Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) Functional Services: NATO also plans to invest €10 million in this area to develop software, replace certain ageing tools and support command and control of CBRN assets;

Joint Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR): the agency plans to issue a bid worth €17 million in the area of Joint ISR, to provide additional intelligence collecting and sharing capabilities to NATO commands.

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