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20 Dec. 2015

First NATO AGS aircraft gets off the ground

The first of five NATO Global Hawk Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) conducted a successful first flight in California on Saturday (19 December). Taking off from Palmdale Airbase, NATO Alliance Ground Surveillance (AGS) UAV aircraft successfully soared to 40,000 feet before landing at Edwards Air Force Base 2.5 hours later.

14 Dec. 2015

NATO AGS programme industries reach important milestone (NAGSMA Press Release)

During the 4 last weeks, NATO AGS programme industries reached an important milestone regarding the delivery of critical assets for the AGS ground segment.

5 Jun. 2015

Progress on AGS with completion of first NATO-owned air vehicle

The first of NATO’s five unmanned air vehicles rolled off the factory line in San Diego on Thursday, 4 June 2015. The Global Hawk Block 40 is part of the Alliance Ground Surveillance Program (AGS). The NATO-owned and -operated AGS core capability will enable the Alliance to perform persistent surveillance over wide areas from high-altitude long-endurance aircraft in any weather or light condition. The system will give commanders a comprehensive picture of the situation on the ground.

4 Nov. 2014

Fuselage of second NATO AGS UAV completed

NAGSMA General Manager, Jim Edge, and NAGSMO Chairman, Erling Wang announced that the Fuselage of the second NATO AGS UAV has been completed at Northrop-Grumman’s plant at Moss Point (Mississippi, USA). The fuselage already arrived to Palmdale, California in order to complete the production.

28 Jul. 2014

Fuselage of the First NATO AGS UAV Completed

NAGSMA General Manager, Jim Edge, and NAGSMO Chairman, Erling Wang announced that the Fuselage of the first NATO AGS UAV has been completed at Northrop-Grumman’s plant at Moss Point (Mississippi, USA). The fuselage is now on its way to Palmdale, California in order to complete the production.

26 May. 2014

More than just information gathering – Giving commanders the edge

“Sir, hundreds of refugees are crossing the border now...” All of a sudden, the line goes dead. You switch your attention to reports coming in on terrorist activity spreading along the coast, but no coordinates are given. What do you do?

19 May. 2014

Maintaining NATO’s Technological Edge

The largest ever test of NATO’s intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) capabilities began on Monday (19 May 2014) at Ørland Air Station in Norway. The ten-day trial, called Unified Vision 2014 (UV14), involves more than 2,000 participants from 18 NATO nations and three partner nations. It will test some of the most advanced command and control systems to find ways to fuse the collected data in order to give commanders the technological edge they need.

24 May. 2012

Alliance Ground Surveillance to protect NATO forces

It weighs 6.7 tonnes, is nearly 5 metres long and has an endurance of more than 30 hours. It purrs like a Rolls Royce. It can see in any weather or light condition. Its name: Global Hawk Block 40 or RQ-4. This unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) and its four little brothers are being procured by 13 NATO nations. The aim: to provide the Alliance with a ground, maritime and air surveillance capability.

20 May. 2012

NATO Alliance Ground Surveillance Programme takes off in Chicago

NATO nations took an important step towards the delivery of a NATO-owned and operated ground surveillance and reconnaissance capability. A procurement contract for the AGS system was signed on 20 May 2012 in the margins of the NATO Summit in Chicago, paving the way for the the delivery of a vital capability that will be made available to all NATO member nations. Alliance Ground Surveillance (AGS) will be a NATO-owned and operated system and will be fully operational in 2017.

15 Feb. 2012

Press briefing by the NATO Spokesperson and the Deputy Assistant Secretary General, Defence Policy and Planning Division on 15 February 2012

The NATO Spokesperson held a press briefing on Wednesday 15th February 2012. She was joined by Mr. Heiner Brauss, Deputy Assistant Secretary General, Defence Policy and Planning Division, who provided a background update on Alliance Ground Surveillance (AGS).

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