The US prime has supplied NATO with the last of five Alliance Ground Surveillance aircraft.
Northrop Grumman has completed deliveries to the Main Operating Base (MOB) of NATO’s Alliance Ground Surveillance Force (NAGSF), after transporting the fifth and final RQ-4D Phoenix aircraft via a non-stop trans-Atlantic flight.
However, Northrop Grumman will continue work to complete the handover of the AGS System, which comprises of aircraft, ground and support segments.
“Once the NATO AGS system achieves handover, NATO commanders will have greater flexibility and redundancy to support the mission of protecting ground troops, civilian populations and international borders in peacetime and times of conflict, as well as humanitarian missions during natural disasters,” Jane Bishop, vice president and general manager of autonomous systems at Northrop Grumman, said.
The Northrop Grumman-led NATO industry team is comprised of companies from across NATO’s member nations, including Leonardo, Airbus, and Kongsberg.
About the RQ-4D Phoenix
The NATO AGS RQ-4D is based on the US Air Force’s wide area surveillance Global Hawk.
The high-altitude, long-endurance unmanned NATO AGS system, which includes the Multi-Platform Radar Technology Insertion Program radar, is designed to provide intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capability, which can deliver round-the-clock, near-real-time situational awareness.