Alliance Ground Surveillance
NATO is acquiring the Alliance Ground Surveillance (AGS) system that will provide Commanders with novel insights into the situation on the ground. A group of Allies will acquire five Global Hawk remotely piloted aircraft (RPA) and the associated command and control base stations that make up the AGS system. NATO will then operate and maintain them on behalf of all 28 Allies
, with Allied Air Command providing Operational Control. Read more at http://www.nato.int/cps/en/natolive/topics_48892.htm
Alliance Ground Surveillance System
The AGS will provide NATO with unprecedented near real-time terrestrial and maritime situational awareness throughout the full range of NATO military and civil-military missions, including peacekeeping and humanitarian relief operations. AGS will be a major contributor to NATO's Joint Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (JISR) structure. Just as NATO Airborne Early Warning & Control (NAEW&C) aircraft – also known as AWACS – monitor Alliance’s airspace, AGS will be able to observe what is happening on the earth’s surface, providing situational awareness before, during and after NATO operations.
NATO AGS combines unmanned systems capability from participating NATO nations that can provide sorties in excess of 24 hours producing all-weather, day or night intelligence to the Alliance. The system includes an airborne ground surveillance radar sensor and an extensive suite of network-centric enabled data links. Mobile and transportable ground stations provide an interface between the AGS system and a wide range of interoperable NATO and national systems.