National security and defence capabilities, including military aviation, are critically dependent on adequate access to the radio spectrum. The success of most military missions is dependent on access to spectrum resources, in particular to ensure the mobility and interoperability of forces. The military utilisation of spectrum bands must be guaranteed and protected as a joint effort between the civil and military authorities.
However, frequencies are not bound to borders. All nations recognise that international coordination and harmonisation of spectrum use and allocation is fundamental to ensuring an interference-free environment. The multinational and multi-service facets of today’s military operations call for a permanent pan-European harmonisation of spectrum utilisation conducted in close coordination with authorities and users.
At EUROCONTROL, we protect the interests of the aviation community (civil and military) in safeguarding permanent access to the required frequency bands. In addition to our RFF function, we are an International Telecommunication Union (ITU) observer, where we help draft resolution proposals, voted by the States at the World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC).
We also coordinate with the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and national military organisations on spectrum matters.
Finally, we provide an overview of best practices and guidance on the military usage of frequency assignments in the ICAO Very High Frequency (VHF) communication band (117.975 MHz -137 MHz).