NATO Reaffirms Technical Cooperation with Ukraine

NATO Reaffirms Technical Cooperation with Ukraine

The NATO Communications and Information Agency (NCI Agency) and Ukraine extended their Memorandum of Agreement (MoU) to collaborate on technology-related initiatives on January 17, 2022. Ambassador Nataliia Galibarenko, Head of Ukraine’s Mission to NATO, and Ludwig Decamps, General Manager of NATO Communications and Information Agency, renewed their Memorandum of Understanding to engage on technology-related initiatives.

“For several years, we have effectively collaborated with Ukraine, offering vital skills and exchanging information,” stated NCI Agency General Manager Ludwig Decamps. “Under this extended agreement, we will strengthen our partnership with Ukraine to assist them in upgrading their information technology and communications services, while also identifying areas where training for their people may be necessary.” Our professionals are eager to continue this crucial collaboration.”

Since the Agency’s Supervisory Board authorised the initial agreement in 2015, the Agency has continually helped Ukraine in technological problems, particularly through the NATO-Ukraine Command, Control, Communication, and Computers (C4) Trust Fund.

“The Memorandum signed today continues our cooperation established in 2015. With NATO’s support, we plan to further introduce modern information technologies and services into the command and control system of the Armed Forces of Ukraine,” said Ambassador Galibarenko.

Projects include delivering secure communications equipment to Ukraine, which is still used today.

Under this agreement, the NATO-Ukraine Regional Airspace Security Programme (RASP) was also formed to offer early notice and cooperation on airspace risks. The system contains an integrated IP phone system. It provides operators with tools to assist them to connect, including chat, geographical markers, and aircraft track highlighting. The units are linked by a proprietary network independent from the Internet.

Work with Ukraine also involves a Knowledge Sharing Initiative. Agency subject matter experts share their knowledge of NATO best practices for improving capabilities in the Command, Control, Communications, and Computers (C4) area.