“We deployed the NDMC at the request of Allied Air Command in Ramstein, Germany,” said General Onno Eichelsheim, the Netherlands Chief of Defence. “Our intention is to contribute to the tactical data link network that is crucial for NATO’s air operations in the region; I also see the opportunity to work with Lithuania through knowledge transfer so that this country can build its own data link management capacity,” he added.
The NDMC supports so-called Link 16 operations; it operates as the Baltic Regional Interface Control Cell (BRICC), callsign “Time Bandit”. The BRICC enables planning, coordinating, managing and controlling Link 16 networks that allows weapon platforms and units to exchange information during operations. The container-based equipment offers a deployable capability worldwide wherever needed.
The Dutch NDMC will remain deployed in support of NATO air operations in the Baltic region until next year when Germany is scheduled to deploy a similar unit that will ensure seamless information exchange enabling NATO’s deterrence and defence mission along the eastern flank.