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
Fur­ther infor­ma­tion:
Peeter Kuimet
Press offi­cer of the MoD
Tel. +372 717 0116 / +372 56 56 41 88