New Aerial Targets

ATC can now offer customers multiple types of relevant and realistic aerial targets for surface to air live firing exercises.

ATC, in collaboration with its partners, Airbus Defence & Space Target Systems and Services, can offer multiple types of aerial target drones.

Ranging from the traditional Banshee Jet/Prop targets through to Dornier Direct Targets (Do-DT`s) with a vast array of Signal Augmentation and Role Equipment, ensures full flexibility and realistic training to match any type of missile system.

The large and low density air space around Andoya is ideal for live firing exercises and ATC have been host for both the NASAMS 2 and the Starstreak HVM surface to air missile systems. The highly mobile infrastructure of ATC, together with the versatile and realistic aerial targets ensures that the missile systems can be tested under realistic conditions.

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Airbus & ATC supplying the Defence with aircraft parts.


After over a year’s preparations, Airbus Defence & Space and Andøya Test Center (ATC), start their activities on Andøya.


The purpose of the cooperation is to establish a more efficient logistics service, With the purpose of resupplying aircraft components and parts to the Norwegian and German Defence’s Maritime Patrol Aircraft P-3 Orion


A similar concept is already in use in Germany, where Airbus has the responsibility for resupplying aircraft parts to eight German Orion Aircraft


Together with the Norwegian aircraft a total of 14 aircraft will now be served, and this entails that both nations gets easier access to more parts. Furthermore, Airbus’ commercial channels for procurement and repair of aircraft parts will now be used


ATC has entered a cooperation with Airbus, and will have the local responsibility for the logistics services at Andøya.



ATC and Airbus are establishing a cooperation for a new and efficient logistics service for aircraft parts at Andøya. The cooperation will ensure that the Norwegian Defence will have a better access for relevant aircraft parts for their Maritime Patrol Aircraft.

This ensures enhanced operative availability for the Norwegian Defence, and the Orion Maritime Patrol Aircraft have operative efficiency for additional 15-20 years through this Norwegian-German Cooperation.

Mobile Telemetry Systems

The large test area ATC can offer around the island of Andoya presents a few challenges when it comes to sensors and data gathering. Which is why such infrastructure is highly mobile; telemetry nodes are airlifted to the optimum locations prior to each test.

A new mobile telemetry platform, however, has been developed by ATC to complement the semi-mobile nodes. Hooked up to a truck, the new platform will allow ATC to quickly respond to changes. Together with the mobile telemetry platform owned by Andøya Rocket Range, ATC is able to offer data gathering to greater extent than before.

The mobile nodes and the large, low-density airspace is ideal for testing of aerospace and ship based applications.

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New Services for UAV/RPA Testing and Evaluation

Remotely piloted aircraft, also known as UAS or UAV, are gaining popularity amongst civilians and the armed forces. ATC are now able to offer services for testing and evaluation of RPAs.

ATC can offer the use of an approved air space, a military air base and full telemetry coverage. The RPA can take-off from a runway or from a dedicated launcher.

The geographic location of ATC means that an RPA mission will enjoy round-the-clock daylight in the summer months. And in winter the RPA can be tested against Arctic conditions.

ATC infrastructure is highly mobile in order to maximize the flexibility and coverage in the test area, and the nearby military air base means ATC is able to facilitate even the largest types of RPA.

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