Alliance Ground Surveillance

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Alliance Ground Surveillance (AGS) is a NATO programme to acquire an airborne ground surveillance capability (Multi-Platform Radar Technology Insertion Program on the Northrop Grumman RQ-4 Global Hawk).

In a similar fashion as with Strategic Airlift Capability the program is run by 15 NATO member states: Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Germany, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Norway, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia and the United States. AGS is scheduled to reach initial operational capability by the end of 2017. The Main Operating Base will be located at Sigonella Air Base, Italy.[1][2]

First Global Hawk Block 40 UAVs destined for the NATO AGS program rolled off Northrop Grumman production line in Palmdale Ca , 4 June 2015[1][3][4] 1 arrived at Edwards on Dec. 19, 2015 completing its first flight.[5] the rest stayed in plant 42 located in Palmdale CA

In July 2017, the USAF assigned the Mission Designation Series (MDS) of RQ-4D to the NATO AGS air vehicle.

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  1. ^ a b Progress on AGS with completion of first NATO-owned air vehicle, First NATO's RQ-4s roll of the production line.
  2. ^ Alliance Ground Surveillance (AGS), NATO is acquiring the Alliance Ground Surveillance (AGS) system that will give commanders a comprehensive picture of the situation on the ground.
  3. ^ First Global Hawk UAV Rolls off the Line, The first of NATO's five unmanned air vehicles rolled off the factory line in San Diego on Thursday, 4 June 2015.
  4. ^ Northrop Grumman unveils NATO's first Global Hawk UAV, Northrop Grumman rolled out NATO's first RQ-4B Block 40 Global Hawk unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) for the Allied Ground Surveillance (AGS) programme on 4 June
  5. ^ NATO AGS arrives at Edwards Archived 2016-01-06 at the Wayback Machine., NATO's first Alliance Ground Surveillance (AGS) aircraft arrived at Edwards Dec. 19.

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