The NATO Communications and Information Agency recently completed a compatibility test between a new Lockheed Martin-made radar and the alliance’s ballistic missile defense architecture.
NATO said the test, occurring between Sept. 25 and Sept. 29, involved the NIC Ballistic Missile Defense Programme Office integrated a TPS-77 radar from Italy into NATO’s missile defense system.
The alliance intends for the radar to contribute to its situational awareness, Program Director Alessandro Pera said in a release.
Twelve laboratories from five countries two continents took part and 16 total national and NATO systems were integrated and tested during this exercise.
In May and June 2013, the alliance will carry out an ensemble test.
According to NATO, the following systems were part of the September test:
- Patriot missile defense systems of the Netherlands, Germany and the U.S.
- ADCF Frigate of the Dutch navy
- surface to air medium range missile defence systems of France and Italy
- SAM Operations Centre from Germany
- Tactical Transportable Radar and the Horizon Principal Anti Air Missile System of Italy
- Aegis Ballistic Missile Defence System, the Command and Control, Battle Management, and Communications system (C2BMC), the Army Navy / Transportable Radar Surveillance (AN/TPY-2), and the Shared Early Warning System (SEW) of the United States,
- Air Command and Control System (ACCS), the Air Command and Control Information Services (AirC2IS), CRC System Interface (CSI), and the Interim Command and Control (ICC) system of NATO.