The Finnish Defence Forces' Materiel Command Headquarters has signed a framework agreement with Systematic to supply maintenance services for its FINACCIS2 Command and Control (C2) system.
Systematic will supply maintenance services, new licences, in addition to performing specialist support work for the C2 system over the course of the next five years.
Systematic Oy Finland president Merja Annala said that the agreement provides the company with an opportunity to continue working with the Finnish army as the FINACCIS system expands.
''With access to new licences and product updates, together with the specialist support element of the framework agreement, we're ready to support the Finnish Armed Forces into the future,'' Annala added.
Systematic's SitaWare C2 software and IRIS military messaging software, which form a part of the FINACCIS2 system, have successfully completed laboratory, network and field trials in 2011.
Colonel Olli-Matti Salminen said that the army is satisfied with results of the testing phase, adding: ''We are now preparing to deploy FINACCIS2 in international operations and sharing information with coalition partners is vital to mission success.''
The software has also been evaluated by several nations worldwide, including Finland, during large-scale, multi-national interoperability drills, as well as the Nato-led Coalition Warrior Interoperablity eXploration (CWIX) exercise, over a number of years.
One third of the 16 countries participating in the June 2012 CWIX edition employed systematic command and control (C2) software to help enhance their interoperability with each other.
Multilateral Interoperability UK lead consultant Ian Smart said that the use of FINACCIS2 as MIP standard means the system provides far more than Blue Force Situation Awareness.
''As well as the automatic exchange of who, what, where and when information, they have the ability to exchange the detailed status and logistics (personnel, equipment and consumables) information needed to understand how the units can be employed and when they need to be resupplied,'' Smart added.
The Finnish Defence Forces commenced FINACCIS2 training earlier this year and are planning to induct the system into operational services in 2013.
Image: SitaWare and IRIS software are integrated into the Finnish Army's FINACCIS2 system. Photo: courtesy of SYSTEMATIC.