SAN DIEGO and MCLEAN, Va., March 4 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Science Applications International Corporation (NYSE: SAI) today announced that it has initiated operations of a state-of-the-art integration and test facility for the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), a key milestone in the organization's effort to help create a ballistic missile defense capability. The facility, located in The Hague , Netherlands , conducted its initial integration testing with two allied nations -- to include initial hardware in the loop testing -- nine months ahead of schedule.
Known as the Integration Test Bed, the facility is run by NATO's Active
Layered Theater Ballistic Missile Defense (ALTBMD) Program Office and was
developed by a multinational team led by SAIC. The test bed is a major
component of a multiyear NATO project to integrate the existing missile
defense programs of U.S. and allied NATO nations, helping ensure the
protection of deployed forces against short- and medium-range ballistic
missiles. The project involves 10 companies from six NATO member nations, and
the final system will complement NATO's current capability against aircraft,
unmanned aerial vehicles and other aerial threats. SAIC served as the prime
contractor under a
The purpose of the test bed is to experiment with and validate the systems architecture for integrating the various NATO and national components of the NATO ALTBMD system, which includes early warning sensors, radar and weapons systems from NATO member countries, as well as NATO-provided command and control and communications capabilities.
Before the opening of the test bed, SAIC thoroughly exercised the test bed, and NATO conducted an acceptance audit verifying that the facility met all contractual requirements. In January, nine months ahead of schedule, milestone tests were conducted in conjunction with Dutch and U.S. facilities, missile defense laboratories, and operational systems in which European and U.S. systems successfully displayed the ongoing events during a simulated ballistic missile attack against NATO forces.
"The opening of the test bed culminates a productive and rewarding year for the highly skilled and dedicated transatlantic team that SAIC has the privilege to lead on this contract," said Beverly Seay , SAIC senior vice president and business unit general manager. "The test bed provides the alliance with enhanced capabilities and the technology it requires to develop optimal ballistic missile defense capability solutions."
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and technical services and solutions to all branches of the U.S. military,
agencies of the Department of Defense, the intelligence community, the U.S.
Department of Homeland Security and other U.S. Government civil agencies, as
well as to customers in selected commercial markets. With approximately
44,000 employees in more than 150 cities worldwide, SAIC engineers and
scientists solve complex technical challenges requiring innovative solutions
for customers' mission-critical functions. SAIC had annual
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