Airbus has secured a new contract from the Nato Communications and Information (NCI) Agency to carry out the first phase of the Nato Communications Infrastructure Project (NCIP).
Valued at €40m, the contract also includes options for future phases of the project, which together would be worth up to €50m.
The NCIP has been designed to replace a major part of the Nato General Communications System (NGCS), which involves 72 Nato sites.
The project will provide a major enhancement of wide-area network protected Internet Protocol address (IP) communications across the Nato command structure, Nato headquarters and Nato points of presence in member nations.
The project also includes the supply of upgraded IP access and transport services across different security classifications with increased capacity, quality of service and traffic engineering capabilities.
In addition, it covers Nato unclassified voice services through the replacement of old telephony switches by voice over IP telephony at 25 sites.
The design review of the project is expected to be completed by December and Phase I of implementation is estimated to be completed by the end of 2019.
The NCIP, along with the IT Modernisation Project and the Enterprise Nato Public Key Infrastructure Project, is part of the larger IT Modernisation Programme that focuses on changing Nato’s static IT infrastructure into a homogeneous enterprise.