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NATO AGS deliveries marked in ceremony

20th January 2020 - 10:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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Delivery of two RQ-4D UAS for NATO’s Alliance Ground Surveillance (AGS) programme has been marked in a ceremony at Sigonella Air Base, Italy, where the fleet will be based.

The AGS programme will see five NATO RQ-4D aircraft collectively owned and operated by all NATO allies. The fleet will provide 24/7 surveillance and reconnaissance, with all allies to benefit from intelligence derived from the mission.

General Jens Stoltenberg, NATO Secretary, said: ‘Today, NATO is filling an important intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capability gap.

‘One single drone can watch over a territory with the comparable size of Poland… It can reach the High North and the Sahel, the Middle East and the Atlantic.’

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