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NATO FORACS Office

The NATO FORACS Office at the NATO Headquarters in Brussels has a staff of four personnel who provide technical direction, scheduling and funding coordination for the project.

Governance

The strategic and technical validity of NATO FORACS data is monitored by the eight participating nations, ACO, ACT, and the NATO FORACS Office.  There are sanctioned forums (Steering Committee, Range User Meeting, Strategic Planning Group) that facilitiate acitve involvement of the member nations and provide guidance and oversight.

Scheduling

Requests for testing are normally sent by message or email to the NATO FORACS Office. Test schedules are finalized at the Steering Committee meetings; however, changes to the schedule can be arranged throughout the year. Two to five days should be planned for each ship.

Funding

Basic facilities have been provided through the NATO Security Investment Program. Operational costs are paid by the eight sponsoring nations: Canada, Denmark, Germany, Greece, Italy, Norway, the United Kingdom, and the Unites States of America.

All NATO nations are welcome to use the facilities on a daily cost basis. Non-NATO nations may use the facilities on a daily cost basis, if the request is approved by the NATO Council. Such a request has to be sent to the NATO FORACS Office in Brussels.

A brief history

1971      NNAG approved establishment of Project Group 7 to study and refine technical requirements.
1974      A Memorandum of Understanding was signed by seven NATO nations to formalize the NATO FORACS Project.
1977      The NATO FORACS Office (NFO) was established in London and later moved to NATO Headquarters in Brussels.
1978      NATO FORACS Norway (NFN) was opened for test operations near Stavanger.
1984      NATO FORACS Greece (NFG) became operational near Souda Bay, Crete.
1994      NATO FORACS AUTEC (NFA), co-located with AUTEC and with the engineering offices in Florida, became an associate NATO FORACS test facility. Canada was welcomed as an eighth sponsoring member.
1999      NATO FORACS conducted the first deployed FORACS trials.
since 2008   NATO FORACS Project (NFA, NFG, NFN, NFO) has been ISO 9001 certified.
2012      STANAG 4710, ANEP 82 ratified.

 

Other national test facilities in the vicinity of:

NATO FORACS AUTEC (NFA)

  • The US Navy Atlantic Undersea Test and Evaluation Center (AUTEC) is collocated with NFA and provides a wide range of test facilities, including a large, three-dimensional tracking range for precise location of subsurface, surface, and in-air objects. Fixed, mobile and deployable targets can also be offerred.
  • NATO FORACS Greece (NFG)

    • The NATO Missile Firing Installation (NAMFI) is located in the Souda Bay area, a few kilometers from NFG.
    • A Hellenic Navy degaussing range is located in Souda Bay.
    • NATO Maritime Interdiction Operational Training Centre (NMIOTC) is adjacent to the NFG site.

    NATO FORACS Norway (NFN)

    • Underwater Noise Test Range north of Bergen, approximately 120 NM north of NFN operated by the Royal Norwegian Navy on behalf of Germany, the Netherlands and Norway.
    • Mine Countermeasures Vessel Degaussing Range, owned and operated by the Royal Norwegian Navy, situated approximately 6 NM south of NFN.
    • Missile Firing Range at Vigdel, owned and operated by the Royal Norwegian Navy, approximately 15 NM south of NFN.
     
     
     
    For further information, please contact:
    NATO FORACS Office
    NATO Headquarters, Building Z Room S 376,
    B-1110 Bruxelles (Belgique)
    Tel +32-2-707-4244 (IVSN 255-4244) - Fax +32-2-707-4558
    Email:
    nfo@foracs.nato.int