This MOU provides the legal basis for the potential development and procurement of the actual modular GBAD capability. The Modular GBAS Concept Stage is valued at EUR 20 million, NATO said.
According to NATO, Allies also decided to execute a joined Concept Stage between both the Modular GBAD as well as the C-RAM High Visibility Projects. The aim is to identify if C-RAM can be delivered as a module integrated into the Modular GBAD capability.
Allies also included a tool in the MOU to respond to short-term gaps through a rapid acquisition effort, as early as 2024.
The Modular Solution for Very Short Range, Short Range, and Medium Range Ground Based Air Defence (Modular GBAD) High Visibility Project provides its participants with a multinational framework for the potential development and procurement of a capability, responding to air threats along the entire very short, short and medium-range spectrum. The project will implement a systematic modular approach, with the objective to equip participating Allies with versatile, scalable solutions. This will in turn allow them to create threat-tailored ground-based air defence force packages for individual operations.
The Modular GBAD High Visibility Project aims to facilitate the potential development and acquisition of a GBAD system that is designed entirely modularly, around a common Fire Distribution Centre. This approach will enable participants to mix and match individual components to easily create threat-tailored GBAD force packages, based on a single system that can cover the entire very short to medium-range threat spectrum. Furthermore, it will considerably increase participants’ ability to seamlessly integrate national modules into multinational GBAD force packages.
The Modular GBAD High Visibility Project was launched in October 2018 by ten NATO member countries. According to NATO, the following countries are currently participating in the project: Denmark, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Slovenia, Spain, and the United Kingdom.
Learn more about NATO’S Modular GBAD High Visibility Project – read the NATO factsheet.