The NATO Communications and Information (NCI) Agency intends to procure radio and communication equipment to modernise thirteen sites in three NATO Nations at an estimated cost of €30.8 Million, the agency announced on 9 December.
The equipment will upgrade NATO's Ship-Shore-Ship-Buffer capability, a system that supports the exchange of tactical information between naval forces, ground C2 systems and NATO airborne early warning systems. NCI will replace and modernise equipment across three sites in the United Kingdom, six in Greece and four in the Netherlands.
The project is broken down into two work packages:
• Civil works and site preparation: preparing the antenna site, refurbishing buildings and provisioning new buildings to host radio equipment;
• Upgrades to the radio communications subsystem and data link: replacement, installation and integration of equipment.
"This capability enables the Supreme Allied Commander Europe and subordinate commanders to participate in crisis management, and is essential for NATO's peacetime air policing mission," commented Dan Harman, Project Manager for the effort.
The Agency plans to issue the formal Invitation for Bid (IFB) in the first quarter of 2021, and plans to award the contract in the first quarter of 2022.