NATO Codification Systems
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Published on: Mar 3, 2016
Transcripts - NATO Codification Systems
Nato Codification The Nato Codification System (most commonly abbreviated to the term NCS) is a common anduniform system which is used for the identification as well as the stock numbering and theclassification of Nato user nations’ ‘Items of Supply’. The term ‘Item of Supply’ is used to describeany item of production (such as an article or a part) which has been determined as being necessaryand required to meet a certain logistical requirement by a responsible supply managementauthority. It is often the case that these parts have to be defined so as to comply with logisticalneeds (such as features, usage as well as transport) as well as in order to meet all of the logisticalrequirements taking into account the fact that the parts may be used repeatedly. It is possible thatone particular item of supply may in fact represent several items of production, which (for example)may have been manufactured by several producers, which do not have to be distinguished betweenin terms of logistical requirements. The NATO codification system was designed in order to achieve the maximum effectiveness interms of logistical support as well as to facilitate material data management. This particularcodification system has been agreed to as well as signed by every signatory of the North AtlanticTreaty as well as by sponsored non-NATO nations in order to be used in the identification of suppliesas well as equipment. The use of the NATO codification system is itself based on the principle that the responsibility forthe codification of a certain Item of Supply (commonly referred to as an IoS) rests solely with thenation which controls the design of the certain Item of Supply even if it is not being used in thatparticular country. In such a circumstance, the purchasing nation is obliged to request codificationaction from the country which controls the design for the Item of Supply. The practise of the NATO codification system has several benefits for every nation which is involvedin its use. For example, the use of this system is able to provide accurate information regarding theidentity of any particular Item of Supply. The use of the system also permits the recording of thesources of supply as well as other management data. This system also enables the solution ofproblems regarding the supply and management of certain items of supply as it provides data userswith a ready access to a single and up to date source of certain Items of Supply.