NATO seeks solutions to layered missile defense

BRUSSELS, Belgium, 24 Oct. 2005. Leaders at the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) are accepting bids for an active layered theatre ballistic missile defense system.

BRUSSELS, Belgium, 24 Oct. 2005. Leaders at the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) are accepting bids for an active layered theatre ballistic missile defense system.

The winner will assist NATO in integrating NATO and national weapons systems, sensors, and battle management, command, control and communications (BMC3) into a coherent, capable architecture of theatre ballistic missile defences. The industrial team will provide systems engineering, test and validation support, and develop and operate an integration test bed.

One bid for this systems engineering and integration (SE&I) contract will come from Science Applications International Corp. (SAIC), which will announce an engineering team on Oct. 26. The team will include companies from five other alliance nations, SAIC said.

Team SAIC is an international consortium of firms with significant experience in ballistic missile defense architecture, design, development, production and integration. Its members have developed and produced the majority of the world's active layered ballistic missile defense weapons systems and sensors as well as the BMC3 backbone NATO will use to integrate them. Members of Team SAIC have collaborated for nearly four years to analyze NATO's ballistic missile defence architecture requirements and offer a mature capability to support alliance integration needs. For more information, see www.saic.com.

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