EUROCONTROL Guidelines on Generic Military Requirements To Be Considered When Establishing A Functional Airspace Block

The present document defines a set of requirements, which can be consulted when a functional airspace block (FAB) is to be established or modified.

The need to delineate a list of requirements has been acknowledged by various stakeholders involved in FAB initiatives. This document should be considered as a “checklist” for capturing all FAB-related items from the military point of view.

The creation and modification of a FAB should be based on certain principles agreed on by the participating parties. The institutional framework and the implementation of the FAB should meet all the essential requirements of each partner.

Essential requirements are requirements necessary to comply with the tasks and responsibilities allocated to the entity concerned. Essential military requirements are those needed to accommodate military activities, which are essential in order to guarantee the level of capabilities and readiness of the armed forces needed to satisfy national security and defence requirements. Military requirements must ensure the continuation of the operations of the national armed forces or other armed forces under the provisions of an international agreement.

Non-essential requirements or optional requirements may be taken into consideration after multilateral negotiation.

The present requirements cover matters relating to regulation, network management, service provision, performance and the airspace users. They are intended to assist military and civil stakeholders in identifying and taking into account military requirements in terms of FAB development.

It is of great importance to note that there is a fundamental difference between the requirements of the air transport system and associated air transport services on the one hand, and those of the armed forces of a State on the other, although all of these share the same airspace. By acknowledging, understanding and accepting these differences, however, it is feasible to accommodate both requirements.

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EUROCONTROL Guidelines on Generic Military Requirements To Be Considered When Establishing A Functional Airspace Block