NATO – Estonia will gain simplified access to NATO software

Today the Estonian Ministry of Defence and NATO Consultation, Command and Control Agency (NC3A) signed a treaty granting Estonia simplified access to all NATO developed information and communication technology solutions.

The co-operation treaty was signed by Estonian MoD’s permanent undersecretary for defence investments Martin Hurt and NC3A’s director Georges D’hollander. The treaty facilitates Estonia’s access to NATO developed communications, command and control, intelligence and surveillance software. D’hollander also met with Minister of Defence Jaak Aaviksoo with whom questions regarding the agency’s future were discussed.

Aaviksoo stated that the contract signed today serves to further develop the Defence Forces’ communications and intelligence gathering systems, which are among the priorities of the Long Term Defence Development Plan for the 2009-2018 period.

“To make proper and adequate decisions on a modern battlefield, our national defence capability must on the one hand encompass necessary intelligence capabilities as well as modern communications equipment to transfer information to the executors of decisions. With the treaty signed today, Estonia acquired a competent partner with extensive experience who can provide us with the required systems or grant consulting services to Estonia when making related procurement decisions,” Aaviksoo noted.

The NC3A, which was established in 1996, focuses primarily on developing various information and communication technology solutions for NATO memberstates.

One of the main priorities of the military defence development plan for 2009-2018 approved by the government in 2009 is to develop the defence forces’ command and control, intelligence, surveillance and communications systems.

Press release
Ministry of Defence, Estonia
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Peeter Kuimet
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