EADS to Upgrade Sultanate of Oman OFEQ2000


Released on Thursday, May 18, 2006
Germany
Oman
C4I - Command, Control, Communications, Computers Intelligence
COP - Common Operation Pictures
EADS - European Aeronautic Defence and Space
GCC - Gulf Cooperation Council
GIS - Graphical Information System
MIP - Multilateral Interoperability Program
NATO - North Atlantic Treaty Organization
RAP - Recognized Air Picture
RMP - Recognized Maritime Picture
EADS and the Ministry of Defence of the Sultanate of Oman signed a follow-on contract to enhance the existing OFEQ2000 joint C4I system supplied by EADS. The system is to be extended to a total of twelve headquarters with 96 workstations, whilst also being updated and upgraded. EADS and the Sultanate of Oman continue together the successful cooperation of recent years.

It was back in 2001 that EADS installed the OFEQ2000 joint C4I system, based on its product JoCCIS, for the army, navy and air force of Oman. Originally the system comprised only five headquarters and 41 workstations. Following installation, it was successfully used for a combined exercise (Swift Sword II, involving both Omani and British personnel).

In 2005, EADS delivered and installed a training system and also upgraded OFEQ2000 to the present product status, which offers both English and Arabic interfaces. Officers from the different Services have been trained on the new training system and familiarized with the system.

The present contract will add seven HQ and 55 workstations. Also included in the contract are an update to the latest NATO MIP (Multilateral Interoperability Program) data model, an upgrade to Windows 2003 Server, Lotus Notes R7 and the Graphical Information System (GIS) Version 9.1 from the ESRI company. User management is also to be extended to include interfaces for receiving the recognized air picture (RAP) and the recognized maritime picture (RMP) from external systems. Finally, the present contract includes the presentation of common operation pictures (COP, ground, air, maritime) in the situation display plus replication of all the operational data between the individual headquarters.

The enhanced system will be used in February 2007 in a joint exercise involving all six Gulf states which are members of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC). Training of the users is currently under way on the training system that was installed in 2005. For the purposes of the joint exercise, the OFEQ2000 system will be installed in the relevant headquarters, on ships and in desert camps. It is an ideal opportunity for the other interested Gulf states to experience the capability of the EADS system in an operational environment.

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