|14 Sep. 2023 ||
NATO surveillance drone conducts first mission over Finland
RAMSTEIN, Germany - On September 13, 2023, a NATO surveillance drone concluded a flight over Finland, the Alliance’s newest member. The unmanned aircraft, traveling at high altitudes above Allies’ territories and in international airspace, collected data for Allies to support their collective deterrence and defence.
|16 Sep. 2021 ||
Deputy Secretary General, NATO ambassadors visit Alliance Ground Surveillance aircraft in Italy
Deputy Secretary General Mircea Geoană and a group of NATO ambassadors visited the Alliance’s fleet of unmanned surveillance aircraft stationed in Sicily, on Thursday (16 September 2021). Addressing senior officers at Sigonella airbase, the Deputy Secretary General thanked Italy for hosting the Alliance’s Ground Surveillance (AGS) aircraft, stressing that AGS is a “premier state-of-the-art capability in the field of intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance”.
|15 Feb. 2021 ||
NATO Alliance Ground Surveillance force achieves initial operational capability
MONS, Belgium – On 15 February NATO’s Supreme Allied Commander Europe, General Tod Wolters, declared the NATO AGS RQ-4D remotely piloted aircraft initially operationally ready to conduct missions. This is a major milestone for the programme, which will substantially increase the Alliance’s awareness, indications and warnings of what is happening around its borders.
|12 Nov. 2020 ||
Fifth Phoenix aircraft arrives at the AGS Main Operating Base
On 12 November 2020 the fifth and last NATO Alliance Ground Surveillance (AGS) aircraft arrived at the AGS Main Operating Base in Sigonella, Italy. The arrival of the RQ-4D aircraft at its home base in Europe represents a new milestone in the NATO AGS Programme, completing the NATO AGS fleet.
|09 Oct. 2020 ||
Meet Laryssa Patten, an engineer working to keep NATO’s technological edge in space
Laryssa Patten is a Canadian space engineer and expert working at NATO Communications and Information (NCI) Agency. Together with experts from other NATO Allies, she helps enhance NATO’s space technologies and services.
|27 Jul. 2020 ||
Fourth NATO Alliance Ground Surveillance aircraft arrives at Sigonella
The fourth NATO Alliance Ground Surveillance (AGS) aircraft arrived on 26 July 2020 at its new homebase in Sigonella, Italy. The landing marks yet another step for NATO on its way to acquiring a total of five RQ-4D remotely piloted aircraft.
|16 Jul. 2020 ||
Third NATO Alliance Ground Surveillance Aircraft arrives at Sigonella
The third NATO Alliance Ground Surveillance (AGS) aircraft arrived on 15 July 2020 at its new homebase in Sigonella, Italy. The landing marks yet another step for NATO on its way to acquiring a total of five RQ-4D remotely piloted aircraft.
|23 Mar. 2020 ||
Mobile equipment at Sigonella transferred to NATO AGS Force
The NATO Alliance Ground Surveillance (AGS) Programme marked another milestone in mid-March with the transfer of the first part of the mobile deployable component of the AGS system to the NATO AGS Force in Sigonella, Italy.
|17 Jan. 2020 ||
NATO Secretary General visits Alliance Ground Surveillance aircraft in Italy
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg welcomed the arrival of two Alliance Ground Surveillance (AGS) remotely piloted aircraft at a ceremony in Sigonella, Italy on Friday (17 January 2020). The Secretary General outlined the importance of the AGS system, which will enable commanders to identify threats and view conditions on the ground, in any weather. “One single drone can watch over a territory with the comparable size of Poland,” he said.
|19 Dec. 2019 ||
Second NATO Alliance Ground Surveillance Aircraft arrives in Europe
The second NATO AGS remotely piloted aircraft landed in Sigonella, Italy on Thursday, 19 December 2019 at 14:39 local time.