On 3 March 2020, the Alliance Future Surveillance and Control (AFSC) programme held its third Industry Day at NATO Headquarters (Brussels). The event, organized by NSPA with the support of NATO HQ, featured more than 60 companies across 16 Allied nations, with expertise from not only traditional defence sectors, but also technology, e-commerce, and telecommunications.
Attended by over 100 industry experts, the event aimed at exploring emerging technologies and concepts to meet NATO's future surveillance and command and control requirements.
An early engagement and partnership with industry is key to the success of the AFSC Concept Stage. NSPA has so far awarded six contracts for the generation of high-level technical concepts. in the next stage NATO Allies will now define options for future surveillance and control capabilities, this includes the development of a series of Risk Reduction and Feasibility Studies in order to define technical concepts and understand their feasibility for future AFSC solutions.
Thus this event, opened by Mr Camille Grand, NATO Assistant Secretary for Defence Investment, offered participating companies, institutions and nations representatives with useful insights on the the programme, clarifying expectations and informing on upcoming milestones. Jackie Pinkston, Principle Procurement officer AFSC, confirmed: "AFSC's procurement is focused on transparent, collaborative Industry engagement for our next milestone to perform risk reduction and feasibility studies."
Industry participants had the opportunity to bring their perspectives into the development of concepts, ask questions and discuss technological challenges. Some of the companies presented briefings on topics of interest to the AFSC project, such as Wide Surveillance and Data Fusion, MicroSatellites for Earth Observation and Surveillance, Platform Development, and Artificial Intelligence among others.
After the Industry Day, a Networking Event took place, another excellent opportunity to exchange ideas, create contacts and discuss future developments.