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Airbus and Northrop Grumman Lead Team Seeking to Shape NATO’s AFSC Program

Our Bureau - : Nov 10, 2021 - : 2:49 am

Northrop Grumman and Airbus Defence and Space, together with seven partners, have set up ASPAARO, the Atlantic Strategic Partnership for Advanced All-domain Resilient Operations.

ASPAARO will compete for the Risk Reduction and Feasibility Studies (RRFS) of the NATO Support and Procurement Agency as part of its Alliance Future Surveillance and Control (AFSC) program. The RRFS contract for the AFSC program is expected in 2022.

The AFSC program will support NATO and NATO nations as they consider the Alliance’s future tactical surveillance, command and control capabilities after the current Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS) fleet reaches the end of its service life in 2035.

Following the delivery of a High-level Technical Concept in 2020 by three of the team members – Airbus, Lockheed Martin and MDA – Airbus continues to support NATO in the concept stage of the AFSC program together with Northrop Grumman and other partners that include Lockheed Martin, BAE Systems, KONGSBERG, MDA, GMV, Exence and IBM.

“Cutting-edge surveillance and control systems are at the heart of ensuring NATO’s continued operational success to which we are fully committed to,” said Michael Schoellhorn, CEO of Airbus Defence and Space. We feel privileged to support this strategic program for NATO by leveraging our experience and capabilities in multi-domain operations, surveillance and intelligence.”

“ASPAARO brings together the best industrial capabilities across the NATO community to address increasingly vital surveillance and command and control needs,” said Tom Jones, Northrop Grumman President of Aeronautics Systems. “In a rapidly evolving threat environment, NATO needs the strategic advantage that advanced surveillance and control provides; ASPAARO is committed to delivering those unmatched capabilities to the NATO AFSC program.”


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