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NATO AGS drone reaches initial operational readiness

NATO declared this month that the NATO Alliance Ground Surveillance aircraft has achieved initial operational readiness. Photo courtesy of NATO AGS Force
NATO declared this month that the NATO Alliance Ground Surveillance aircraft has achieved initial operational readiness. Photo courtesy of NATO AGS Force

Feb. 16 (UPI) -- The NATO AGS RQ-4D remotely piloted aircraft has reached initial operational readiness, according to Gen. Tod Wolters, NATO's Supreme Allied Commander.

The AGS system enables NATO to perform persistent surveillance over wide areas from high-altitude long-endurance aircraft at considerable distances, according to NATO.

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All 30 NATO allies will have access to the intelligence the radar sensors generate.

"This unique, multinational capability, paired with a team of Allied specialists who process, evaluate, and distribute intelligence, provides NATO decision makers with timely and relevant information," SHAPE Strategic Employment Directorate Commander, Major General Phillip Stewart said.

The fifth and last NATO AGS aircraft was delivered to Sigonella, Italy in November.

The drone will be piloted remotely from Sigonella and will mostly fly within NATO airspace or international airspace, the alliance said.

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