Key test for important NATO reconnaissance technology

Posted in NATO | 01-Mar-07 | Source: NATO

Important technology for aerospace intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance is being tested in a major simulation exercise, MAJEX 2007, in The Hague, 26 February - 16 March.

The exercise is an important step forward for ‘MAJIIC’, a major multinational project aimed at enhancing the Alliance's intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities.

Lifting the fog of war

"These are very robust tests, involving real-life operators and equipment," said Joe Ross, Technical Manager at NATO’s Consultation, Command and Control Agency (NC3A).

“If successful they could lead to the rapid of deployment of this technology in-theatre, including areas such as Afghanistan,” he said.

The overall aim of the capability is to improve commanders’ situational awareness through the collaborative deployment of a wide range of interoperable national and multinational sensors and supporting equipment.

“In essence we're trying to help lift the fog of war for our commanders,” explains Mr. Ross.

Key test

MAJEX 2007 will be the final test and verification of the MAJIIC concept prior to a full test of its capabilities during a large-scale NATO exercise in Norway this September.

The countries involved in MAJIIC are: Canada, France, Germany, Italy, The Netherlands, Norway, Spain, the United Kingdom and the United States.

MAJIIC stands for Multi-Sensor Aerospace-Ground Joint Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) Interoperability Coalition (MAJIIC).