ThalesRaytheonSystems (TRS) will provide NATO‘s alliance commanders with real-time interim ballistic missile defence capabilities for deployed forces by the end of 2010.

Under a contract awarded by Nato’s active layered theatre ballistic missile defence (ALTBMD) programme office, the company will supply the air command and control system (ACCS) theatre missile defence (TMD) component of Nato’s ALTBMD interim capability step 2 real-time (InCa 2 RT).

ThalesRaytheonSystems chief executive officer Jack Harrington said the company would deliver a theatre air and missile defense system to ensure the future security of Nato deployed forces.

“Initial testing will take place during a Nato exercise in July, and the system is expected to be operational by the end of the year,” he said.

The ALTBMD programme is expected to increase the alliance’s command and control capabilities by integrating the alliance nations’ contributions in areas such as space-based shared early warning, early warning frigates and weapons systems.

ThalesRaytheonSystems will work with Nato’s C3 Agency to field InCa 2, marking the first operational use of Nato’s ACCS LOC1 software, currently being developed by the company as the prime contractor.

The two Nato ACCS TMD prototypes, completed ahead of schedule in April and May, have been successfully tested.