The Nato Communications and Information (NCI) Agency has announced plans to release €1.4bn in business opportunities over the next 18 months.

During this period, the agency plans to issue bids or award contracts in areas such as cybersecurity, joint intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR), and satellite communications.

The NCI Agency will award €189m worth of contracts in satellite communications transmission services for space, ground and control resources to support Nato operations from 2020 to 2034.

Additionally, a total of €129m is planned to be used for refreshing and optimising security technology for Nato’s communications and information systems.

The NCI Agency is also planning to award €153.2m in contracts on deployable communications and information systems (CIS), as well as capability enhancements.

Furthermore, Nato plans to make €15m to €20m of investments for a safe and secure nuclear deterrent in the face of new technologies and threats.

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New software will be developed and IT equipment would be procured using the funds.

The agency plans to invest €10m in chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear (CBRN) functional services to develop software, replace certain ageing tools and support command and control of CBRN assets.

In the area of joint ISR, Nato will issue a bid worth €17m to provide additional intelligence collecting and sharing capabilities to Nato commands.

The agency works to deliver technology and services to Nato nations and commands. It holds open competitions through invitations for bids (IFBs).

The NCI Agency acquires, deploys and defends communications systems for the alliance’s political decision-makers and commands.