The NATO Communications and Information (NCI) Agency is planning to release 1.4 billion EUR in business opportunities in the next 18 months.
As NATO’s tech and cyber leader, the Agency works to deliver technology and services to NATO Nations and Commands. During these next 18 months, the Agency plans to issue bids for, or award contracts in areas such as cyber security; joint intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance; and satellite communications.
The Agency holds open competitions through Invitations for Bid, or IFBs. You can read more about the process here.
Industry leaders will learn more about these opportunities over the next three days at NITEC. The Agency’s annual flagship industry conference kicks off on 20 May 2019 in Oslo, Norway.
Satellite Communications: The Agency plans to contract out 189 million EUR in satellite communications transmission services for the space, ground and control resources to support NATO operations from 2020 to 2034.
Cyber Security: 129 million EUR is planned for refreshing and optimizing the security technology for NATO’s communications and information systems.
Deployable Communications and Information Systems (CIS): Through several other projects, the Agency is also planning to contract out 153.2 million EUR on deployable CIS and capability enhancements.
Nuclear Command and Control Services: NATO plans to make investments in the order of 15-to-20 million EUR to ensure a safe, secure and effective nuclear deterrent in the face of new technologies and threats. These funds will be used to develop software and procure IT equipment, among other things.
Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) Functional Services: NATO also plans to invest 10 million EUR in this area to develop software, replace certain ageing tools and support command and control of CBRN assets.
Joint Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance: The Agency plans to issue a bid worth 17 million EUR in the area of Joint ISR, to provide additional intelligence collecting and sharing capabilities to NATO Commands.
North East based property and investment business, Adderstone Group, has invested a seven-figure sum into OpenWorks Engineering, an award-winning, hi-tech product company which is developing world-leading security and counter-terrorism products.
OpenWorks, which operates from premises in Stocksfield, Northumberland, has developed a unique and innovative drone capture system named SkyWall, which is already being used across the globe by a number of government authorities, militaries and private security organisations to provide close protection to the likes of airports, major infrastructure and even world leaders at summits.
OpenWorks was established in 2015 by five directors; Chris Down, Neil Armstrong, Alex Wilkinson, James Cross, and Roland Wilkinson; and has developed game-changing products for the defence and security industry. Its directors are confident that the significant investment from Adderstone Group will enable OpenWorks to increase capacity to manufacture their award-winning SkyWall drone defence products, accelerate research and development of the next generation of SkyWall products and ultimately add significant value to the business.
Whilst Adderstone Group is known primarily as one of the largest property development businesses in the region, it has a long and successful track record at founding and growing a range of investments.
The funding is Adderstone Group’s second investment into an engineering business, following the company’s successful support of a delisting and management buyout of Turbo Power Systems Plc., which specialises in providing innovative high-speed machines and power electronic solutions for the Energy, Industrial, Transport and Defence markets.
Ian Baggett, CEO and Founder of Adderstone Group said:
“OpenWorks achievements to date have been astounding. They are an extremely talented group of engineers who not only foresaw a massive need to protect against rogue drones but have gone on to design, patent, manufacture and monetise what is acknowledged to be world leading technology from their base in Stocksfield. My team and I look forward to doing whatever we can to help our new colleagues continue to grow a world-leading business that protects the public and infrastructure from this burgeoning threat.”
Chris Down, Managing Director of OpenWorks said:
“Adderstone Group’s track record speaks for itself. We were determined to partner with a local investor to expand our production capability and accelerate the development of new products. We are confident that, in Adderstone, we have secured the perfect investment partner.”
The Toxic Valley exercise, which annually organizes the Armed Forces of the Slovak Republic, is an exercise of military specialists in the field of radiation, chemical, and biological protection (RCHBO) from NATO countries. The exercise is designed for sampling teams and mobile chemical identification laboratories and is the only one of its kind within NATO countries across Europe.
Toxic Valley 2019 will involve more than 150 CBRN specialists from 1o different countries.
On Ex Toxic Valley 2018, Minister of Defence Peter Gajdoš said: “International Ex Toxic Valley 2018 is one of the opportunities to practise the capabilities of our CBRN troops, while collaborating with specialists from other countries in response to CBRN incidents. And thanks to our unique testing facility in Zemianske Kostoľany, this all can be done with real toxic chemical substances.”
On the risk of a CBRN hazard, Chief of Defence Lt Gen Daniel Zmeko said: “In recent times, it has been clearly demonstrated that the threat of toxic chemical substances is real, not to mention their combat use. Therefore, our specialists train shoulder-to-shoulder with their colleagues from abroad to be ready to respond to similar incidents. Sharing of experience is the basis of success in this dynamically changing era.”
To find out more about Toxic Valley 2019 watch the promo video