The German Improved Air Defense System III (GIADS) is an ultramodern control and reporting center (CRC) part of the Air Command and Control System (AC2 – System) of the German Air Force Tactical Command and Control Service (GAF TACCS). Operational since 2000, GIADS has the task of military surveillance for the airspace over Germany and contiguous areas. Information about flying objects delivered by the radar systems is automatically supplemented with civil Air Traffic Control data, creating a military air situation picture that is exchanged with neighboring Control and Reporting Centers (CRC) within the framework of the NATO Integrated Air Defense System, NATINADS.
Any objects detected are automatically identified using the latest technology, which provides a continuously updated air situation picture. The system functionality includes control of military aircraft and Surface to Air Missile (SAM) units, and it has the capacity to process up to 12,000 plots, 3,000 system tracks, and 1,000 flight plans to exchange the data with up to 24 external Air Command and Control Systems in Control and Reporting Centers. GIADS’ other ultramodern advantages includes an enhanced support capability (e.g. emergency cases, airspace violations, critical air vehicles), plus a decisive enhancement of the Fighter Control feature. German ingenuity at its best.