NATO Missile Program Adopts RFID

The NATO SEASPARROW Project Office (NSPO) has selected ODIN as its RFID partner in a new initiative to reduce costs of maintaining the SEASPARROW missiles. The program Health Monitoring of the ESSM (Evolved Sea Sparrow Missile) aims to capture temperature, humidity, shock and vibration data from RFID systems.

The goal of NSPO is to “provide an optimal project management organization and a forum for international cooperation to effectively support the needs of participating governments and client nations in acquiring, sustaining and maintaining defense of their forces using SEASPARROW missile variants, associated systems, and evolutions of the missile and system capabilities against today's and tomorrow's threats.”

“This RFID program will provide a high-quality accounting system that could save taxpayer dollars in maintenance costs on tactical missiles,” says Virginia Congressman Jim Moran.

Tracking missiles and any critical armament can only be accomplished with a very high degree of physics expertise for two reasons:

1. To get highly accurate results in very austere conditions
2. To protect against accidental detonation by meeting stringent Hazards of Electromagnetic Radiation to Ordnance (HERO) compliance

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