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Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. Standardization Agreement approach to identify, classify and number items of supply. The System has been agreed by all signatories of the NATO and sponsored non-NATO nations for use in identifying equipment and supplies.
The result is a unique identification and a data set that can be easily shared and understood by a wide range of users. The data set may be shared in the form of printed catalogs, on line systems, electronic data exchange, etc. Users include logisticians and manufacturers. The system aids logistics processes, to include supply, purchasing, maintenance, warehousing, transportation, planning, etc.
Further, it allows different organizations, even countries, to cooperate in providing logistics support to military, disaster relief, peace keeping and similar operations. Unambiguous item identification in accordance with the STANAG 3151 standard.
7-digit non-significant number that is assigned by this NCB. Uniform System of Supply Classification in accordance with STANAG 3150. All material is classified in material groups and classes with respect to its usage in logistics.
There are approximately 40,000 approved item names used, covering all types of material. A reference item identification on the basis of the manufacturer’s code, NCAGE, and of the manufacturer’s item identification number. One item of supply may represent several items of production, for example made by various producers, which do not have to be distinguished between from the viewpoint of logistics requirements.
Pursuant to the NATO Standardization Agreements, the NSN has come to be used in all treaty countries. However, many countries that use the NSN program are not members of NATO, e. Japan, Australia and New Zealand. An item having an NSN is said to be “stock-listed”.
However the NIIN alone uniquely identifies the item, the FSC merely adds context by indicating the general classification of the item. Each element, a through m, was originally intended to be a single decimal digit. As inventories grew in complexity, element g became alphanumeric, beginning with capital A for certain newly added items. By 2000, uppercase C was in use.