Alliance Future Surveillance and Control (AFSC)
The Airborne Early Warning and Control System (AWACS) has been NATO's key surveillance and control asset since the 1980s, and is planned to retire around 2035 after 50 years of service. To plan for the required follow-on capability, at the 2016 Summit in Warsaw, NATO launched Alliance Future Surveillance and Control (AFSC) specifically to develop options for future NATO surveillance and control capabilities.
In February 2017, the North Atlantic Council (NAC) initiated the AFSC Concept Stage with NSPA as the lead NATO agency to conduct studies and develop technical concepts. Through this work, NSPA is evaluating new technologies and exploring a system of systems approach including potential combinations of air, ground, maritime, and space systems working together to collect and share information. These studies will eventually help to inform decisions by NATO, individual Allies or multinational groups to acquire new systems in the future. All 30 NATO Allies currently cooperate in the planning and resourcing of this programme.
NSPA has formed the AFSC Project Office with dedicated staff to manage the AFSC Concept Stage activities in close collaboration with other NATO bodies, Nations and Industry.
In December 2018, NSPA achieved a major milestone: the NAC declared the first phase of the AFSC Concept Stage complete and agreed to advance into the second phase.
Currently in the second phase of the Concept Stage, AFSC will be awarding a series of contracts to develop and analyse the feasibility of potential concepts that will meet NATO's future requirements. The result of this phase will be an agreed Technical Concept that will be the basis for potential development and production programmes to be established in the last phase of the Concept Stage – Programme Establishment.
NSPA has created the industry web portal as a platform where Industry can find relevant AFSC documentation.