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UK buys SitaWare HQ for NATO Allied Rapid Reaction Corps

30 August 2019
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A screenshot showing SitaWare HQ's 3D visualisation tool. Source: Systematic

The NATO Allied Rapid Reaction Corps (ARRC) headquarters has awarded a contract to Systematic for its SitaWare Headquarters (HQ) command-and-control (C2) software, the company told Jane's . This is a multi-year contract with the software procured by the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) as the UK is the ARRC framework nation. The value of the contract was not disclosed.

SitaWare consists of three interoperable segments of C2 software designed for different levels of command. The HQ segment is designed for use in ground force command posts at battalion level and above, and to provide a fused operational picture for command support in maritime and air operations.

ARRC is one of NATO's high readiness corps-level HQs that can act as a land component HQ or as a theatre-level joint task force HQ. It is based at Innsworth in Gloucestershire and maintains close relationships with formations from four countries, as well as the UK.

Paul Fielding, senior manager of business development for Systematic, told Jane's that HQ ARRC would be using the SitaWare HQ software to integrate NATO functional area services, the software applications that provide information and decision support to operational divisions within the staff, along with data feeds from other sources in order to provide a single common operational picture (COP) covering all domains. The COP interface will be provided by SitaWare HQ.

SitaWare uses the Multilateral Interoperability Programme (MIP) protocol, which supports C2 data exchange with coalition partners as long as they are using MIP-compliant systems. For example, one of the principle assigned formations to the HQ is the British Army's 3rd Division. Fielding said that because the UK uses Systematic's MIP Gateway, integration with HQ 3 (UK) Div should be straightforward.

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