Nato Support and Procurement Agency (NSPA) has selected a Boeing-led industry team for a risk reduction and feasibility study of future air surveillance, command, and control concepts.

The financial details of the contract were not disclosed.

With Nato’s E-3 Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS) slated to retire in 2035, the contract works will help in defining necessary capabilities that will meet the military’s alliance’s future requirements.

Boeing EU & Nato Government Affairs managing director Kim Stollar said: “We are committed to helping Nato and its allies meet evolving security challenges.

“The combined engineering and aerospace expertise of our team will ensure we deliver a technical concept that provides the most effective means of addressing Nato’s future surveillance, command, and control needs.”

Boeing will perform the contract works in partnership with the ABILITI team.

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Initially, the ABILITI partnership was established in 2019 with Indra, Leonardo, Inmarsat and Thales.

Later, it was expanded to include ESG Elektroniksystem- und Logistik-GmbH, Lufthansa Technik and Mott MacDonald.

Boeing International Business Development vice-president Maria Laine said: “We are proud to be a part of this critical programme that will shape the alliance’s future capabilities.

“Boeing has been a proud partner of Nato for over 40 years and we look forward to strengthening our relationship.”

As an AWACS, E-3 Sentry is capable of providing a real-time picture of the battlespace and enhancing situational awareness during missions.

The aircraft uses a rotating radar dome held above the fuselage by two struts for surveillance.

Last month, Boeing’s Protected Tactical SATCOM Prototype (PTS-P) for the US Space Force (USSF) completed a critical design review.