The medium extended air defence system (MEADS) battle management capability has successfully demonstrated interoperability with the Nato air command and control system (ACCS) during a test.

The interface test was conducted using the active layer theatre ballistic missile defense (ALTBMD) integration test bed, currently being developed by Nato.

The test is an early maturity demonstration for the MEADS battle management and command, control, computers, communication and intelligence (BMC4I) capability.

The test forms a part of Nato’s ALTBMD programme to design a theatre missile defence architecture to include MEADS as a key component.

Designed to interoperate with a range of platforms and command and control structures, MEADS will significantly improve combat effectiveness and situational awareness, while reducing the potential for fratricide.

The integration test was carried out during the experiment phase of the Nato joint project optic windmill (JPOW) exercise in July 2010.

The JPOW tests exercise theatre air and missile defence elements to develop and explore interoperability.