NATO's Alliance Ground Surveillance fleet now ready for deployments

NATO’s Alliance Ground Surveillance fleet now ready for deployments – link

Source: Jane’s

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  • NATO declared on 15 February that its fleet of five Alliance Ground Surveillance (AGS) UAVs achieved an initial operational capability, meaning that the RQ-4D platforms are now mission-ready
  • Whether they could eventually be deployed beyond NATO and international airspace, however, remains to be seen, said officials
  • Calling it a “major milestone” for the AGS program, General Tod Wolters, NATO’s Supreme Allied Commander Europe (SACEUR), said in a press release that the new capability “will substantially increase the alliance’s awareness, indications and warnings of what is happening around its borders”
  • Based in Sigonella, Italy, the platforms were purchased by 15 NATO nations, but will generate intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance data for sharing among all 30 allies. AGS operates a modified version of Northrop Grumman’s Block 40 Global Hawk unmanned aerial vehicle
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