Airbus Defence and Space has been commissioned to install a new IT infrastructure for Nato’s allied air command headquarters at the Ramstein air base, enabling the facility to better monitor air space over North Germany, the Baltic Sea and the North Sea.
The base is also responsible for controlling Nato air operations in the area.
The new IT system was commissioned on behalf of Nato by German procurement authority the Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support (BAAINBw).
According to Airbus, the new project aims to expand and upgrade the IT infrastructure of Nato’s Secret LAN (NS), Mission Secret LAN (MS) and Public LAN (PA).
It includes virtualising user workstations and implementing a voice over IP solution, in addition to a comprehensive virtualisation training programme.
Previously, Airbus Defence and Space, along with Nato Ramstein, defined and implemented a virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) concept.
The VDI concept was developed based on blade servers and VMware Horizon, as part of the Urgent Requirement 2 (UR2) project to form the basis for the UR5 project.
In July, Nato Communications and Information Agency (NCI Agency) awarded a contract to Indra for the delivery of two Lanza 3D long-range, deployable, air defence radars (LTR-25).
The deployable air defence radar (DADR) is part of Nato’s Air Command and Control System (ACCS), which is a significant element of its integrated air and missile defence system (NATINAMDS) capability.