On September 17, 2022, NATO’s Alliance Floor Surveillance Power (NAGSF) employees landed one in every of its RQ-4D remotely piloted plane name signal NATO14 at Sigonella Air Base, Italy. The NATO Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) plane obtained a technical improve – the so-called Maritime Mode software program improve – and underwent complete testing with the Northrop Grumman producer in america. Round midday on September 17, the RQ-4D touched down at Sigonella after an virtually 21-hour flight from Edwards Air Power Base america. The NATO’s Alliance Floor Surveillance Power presently has an Preliminary Operational Functionality.

The RQ-4D remotely piloted plane was on the producer for an improve, to be fitted with the Maritime Mode, which boosts the NAGSF’s capacity to detect and monitor vessels shifting on the floor of water and determine non-cooperative targets utilizing Maritime Inverse Artificial Aperture Radar or MISAR. This technical improve provides an enhanced function to the RQ-4D, which presents the Alliance and all its members an elevated functionality to gather ISR merchandise. After returning to NAGSF’s fundamental working base contained in the Italian Air Power Base at Sigonella, Italy, the technicians are actually integrating the plane again into the Power’s operational schedule. Very quickly, the opposite 4 RQ-4Ds will in flip obtain the identical improve instantly on the NAGSF fundamental working base.


The RQ-4D remotely piloted plane – name signal NATO14 – landed safely at NATO Alliance Floor surveillance Power (NAGSF) Foremost Working Base on the Italian Air Power Base at Sigonella, Italy. After being built-in again into the operational schedule the upgraded plane will deploy to conduct missions accumulating essential Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance merchandise supporting NATO and all Allies. (Images by Christian Träger/NAGSF)

“The return of this plane marks a serious milestone for AGS and the Alliance. The upgraded sensor dramatically improves NATO’s ISR functionality by enabling efficient assortment within the Maritime area,” stated Brigadier Basic Andrew Clark, NAGSF Commander.

Working out of short-term services at Sigonella, the Power has carried out ISR assortment flights for the Alliance since 2020; its contribution to the indications and warnings is consistently rising; the Power can be a schoolhouse for the ISR group working in direction of turning college students into educated and certified ISR specialists to boost each NAGSF and their residence nations’ ISR effectiveness. The AGS core contains a mixture of floor, air, and mission assist segments that present close to real-time, persistent wide-area terrestrial and maritime surveillance in all climate circumstances throughout day and night time. It additionally incorporates superior sensor applied sciences. NAGSF helps Alliance members in a variety of missions together with indications and warnings, assist to disaster response operations, anti-terrorism operations, border management and maritime security, and humanitarian help operations throughout pure disasters.