The Spanish Ministry of Defence has awarded Indra, a number one international technological engineering firm for the aerospace, defence and mobility sectors, the mission to modernize and improve its command, surveillance, identification and management (ARS) facilities, that are important for combating potential threats to the nation’s airspace. Indra will equip the ARS facilities in Torrejón de Ardoz in Madrid (GRUCEMAC), Zaragoza (GRUNOMAC) and Gando in Gran Canaria (GRUALERCON) and the Command and Management College (EMACOT) with its next-generation AirDef air command and management system, which can contribute to the mission for the everlasting surveillance and management of airspace nationwide sovereignty led by the Spanish Air Drive.

With this mission, the Ministry of Defence will as soon as once more depend on Indra’s proprietary growth options, because it did within the late Nineties with the IARS system, which is presently in service on the above facilities. This method, along with the Lanza 3D radars within the Air Surveillance Squadrons (EVAs), kinds the spine of airspace surveillance and management in Spain. Because of the modernization of the ARS facilities with the brand new AirDef system, which includes anti-missile defence for the primary time, and the brand new and extra superior Lanza 3D radars that Indra will proceed to deploy, Spain’s standing as a rustic with probably the most complete and built-in air and anti-missile defence programs on the planet and a world chief on this sphere might be strengthened.


AirDef, which is already operational in a number of international locations all over the world, has been designed to fulfill NATO’s demanding air command and management necessities to facilitate its contribution to the Alliance’s Built-in Air and Missile Defence System (NATINAMDS), making certain its important and ongoing mission throughout instances of peace, crises and conflicts to safeguard and defend the Alliance’s territory, populations and forces in opposition to any air or ballistic missile menace or assault. Assembly these necessities and positioning itself with probably the most superior command and management programs in operation in NATO international locations opens up the potential of different nations adopting Indra’s expertise in line with the choice of the Spanish Ministry of Defence.

Indra’s system incorporates the newest software program and {hardware} applied sciences and architectures, which improve sensor fusion, acknowledged air image era (RAP) and real-time air and anti-missile battle administration, offering operators with a number of good decision-making aids by way of superior, geo-positioned and configurable graphical interfaces. The above might be attainable due to the native integration of probably the most superior NATO tactical knowledge hyperlinks (Hyperlink 16, JREAP, Hyperlink 22 and VMF) between the working entities, guaranteeing their interoperability with these which were in service in latest many years (Hyperlink 1, Hyperlink 11B and Hyperlink 11A), that are additionally built-in into Indra’s answer.

The implementation of the AirDef system on the Air Operations Heart (AOC) of the Operational Aerospace Command (MOA) in Torrejón de Ardoz may even present BMD (Ballistic Missile Defence) capabilities to handle the anti-missile defence, due to its integration into Indra’s Lanza 3D LRR and LTR-25 sensors (equally geared up with such capabilities) and the tactical knowledge hyperlinks with the anti-missile weapon programs. The AirDef system may even present the Air Operations Heart with a NATO-interoperable software to generate the ATOs (Air Tasking Orders) and ACOs (Airspace Management Orders) required for the planning of air operations.

The mission additionally envisions the implementation of a voice over IP communication system and distant management of the state-of-the-art floor/air radios referred to as GAREX-300M on the ARS facilities. This method ensures most resilience and availability and introduces new architectures to allow safety clearance for the separate administration of categorized and non-classified (pink/black) data between operators and between plane and facilities. This new system is presently being deployed at NATO’s Mixed Air Operations Heart (CAOC) in Uedem (Germany) with the purpose of facilitating the coordination of the Alliance’s air policing missions all through European airspace north of the Alps, thus demonstrating its potential to facilitate air operations of the utmost complexity.