Sustainment Support for NATO’s Fleet of Surveillance UAV

By Phoebe Grinter / 25 Aug 2021

Northrop Grumman Corporation will provide operations, maintenance and lifecycle sustainment of NATO’s fleet of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), air vehicle mission command and control stations, and trainer.

The five-year, multi-million dollar contract was awarded by NATO’s Support and Procurement Agency and covers full aircraft lifecycle sustainment support for the NATO Alliance Ground Surveillance Force (NAGSF).

NATO UAV

Full lifecycle sustainment including repairs, onsite maintenance and operations support will be provided to NAGSF at Sigonella Air Base, Sigonella, Italy. The U.S. team will provide:

  • Program management
  • Software sustainment
  • Configuration management
  • Technical support

As well as sustaining:

  • Engineering
  • Technical documentation updates
  • Integrated logistics support data analysis
  • Reach back
  • Airworthiness and system design

“We have a long legacy of partnering with the NAGSF,” said Kenn Todorov, sector vice president, global sustainment and modernization, Northrop Grumman. “We will continue to deliver capabilities and services that optimize aircraft availability and fleet readiness while supporting the uninterrupted execution of the Alliance’s mission of persistent regional defense and deterrence.”

The NAGS system of systems, which recently achieved initial operating capability, is comprised of five RQ-4D aircraft, which is based on Northrop Grumman’s wide area surveillance Global Hawk, ground and support segments, and advanced sensor technologies.

The wide area surveillance of the RQ-4D Global Hawk and the fixed, mobile and transportable ground stations provide non-stop cutting-edge intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capability, and support a full range of missions, including protection of ground troops and civilian populations, border control, crisis management and humanitarian assistance in natural disasters.

Northrop Grumman also supports NAGSF with flight mission planning, spares and post design services.

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