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NATO Finally Launches AGS, Orders Global Hawks in $1.7 Billion Contract
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NATO at Chicago Summit Signs Contract with Northrop Grumman to Lead Trans-Atlantic Team Delivering New ISR Capability to Alliance Forces
(Source: Northrop Grumman Corporation; issued May 20, 2012)
After decades of talks, NATO has given the go-ahead to the Alliance Ground Surveillance program, and has awarded an initial order for five Global Hawk Block 40 UAVs. (Northrop Grumman imagery)
The contract is intended to provide for the purchase and initial operation and maintenance of five Block 40 Global Hawk unmanned aircraft equipped with an advanced ground surveillance radar sensor -- the Multi-Platform Radar Technology Insertion Program (MP-RTIP).
Under the contract, European industry contributors will be responsible for development and delivery of the transportable ground stations suitable for in-theatre support directly to commanders of deployed forces, mobile ground stations for close support to moving operations, and remote workstations for higher echelon commands.
Northrop Grumman and its industrial partners joined NATO leadership and 28 ministers of defense from NATO member countries for the signing today in Chicago.
Signed by the NATO Alliance Ground Surveillance Management Agency (NAGSMA) during the NATO 2012 Summit, the trans-Atlantic multinational contract supports NATO's intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance requirements for multinational theater operations, peacekeeping missions and disaster relief efforts.
"This Alliance Ground Surveillance program has been a major acquisition priority for NATO. This is an historic moment and we are honored to be bringing this vital, leading-edge capability to all NATO member nations," said OtfriedWohlleben, NAGSMA Program Manager. "The real-time long-endurance intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance that this will provide will be invaluable to NATO forces around the world and the success of their missions."
The 13 nations, including Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Estonia, Germany, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Norway, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia and the United States, are expected to participate in the system's acquisition, and all 28 alliance nations are to participate in the long-term support of the program.
"Northrop Grumman and our entire trans-Atlantic industry team are proud to be bringing this strategic capability to NATO and its member nations," said Wes Bush, chairman, chief executive officer and president, Northrop Grumman. "It was our collective goal from the start to ensure an affordable and robust capability that will meet the alliance's need for persistent intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance to ground, maritime and air commanders, anytime and anywhere in the world. Our team is focused on meeting that commitment."
Northrop Grumman will be the prime contractor for the NATO AGS program, and build the Global Hawk air vehicle, supporting systems and payloads including the MP-RTIP radar, which is capable of detecting and tracking moving objects as well as providing radar imagery of target locations and stationary objects.
The company's primary industrial team from the 13 nations will include Cassidian, Selex Galileo and KONGSBERG, as well as leading European defense firms ICZ, A.S., ComTraded.o.o, BIANOR, Technologica, ZavodZaTelefonnaAparatura Ad (ZTA AD), SELEX ELSAG, Elettra Communications, UTI Systems and SES. The ground element, which provides real-time data, intelligence and target identification to commanders within and beyond line of sight, will be wholly produced by European industry, offering direct work in the program for the participating nations.
NAGSMA was chartered in September 2009 to acquire the AGS core capability and is responsible for the procurement until it has reached full operational capability. The NATO-owned and operated AGS system is intended to support a broad range of missions, including protecting ground forces, border and maritime security, counter- and anti-terrorism, crisis management, peacekeeping and enforcement, and humanitarian assistance and natural disaster relief.
With its main operating base at Sigonella, Italy, NATO AGS will be co-located with the U.S. Air Force Global Hawks and the U.S. Navy Broad Area Maritime Surveillance unmanned aircraft systems, further advancing synergies across the three programs in operational capability, life cycle logistics and sustainment.
Northrop Grumman is a leading global security company providing innovative systems, products and solutions in aerospace, electronics, information systems, and technical services to government and commercial customers worldwide. (ends)
KongsbergContract for Delivery to NATO's Alliance Ground Surveillance (AGS)
(Source: Kongsberg Group; issued May 21, 2012)
NATO is in the process of acquiring the RQ-4 Global Hawk Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) for ground- and sea surface surveillance, to which Kongsberg, together with Cassidian and Selex Galileo, are the main-sub suppliers to Northrop Grumman ISS International Inc. The total industrial participation in the program will be coordinated by leading defense corporations in the 13 participating NATO AGS nations. The contract involves the purchase of five RQ-4 Global Hawk units and associated ground systems.
“We are very pleased to win this contract and to become a key contributor to this new NATO capacity. Kongsberg is already a supplier to the NATO AWACS program and this new contract means that we are strengthening our presence in major NATO programs”, says HaraldÅnnestad, President in Kongsberg Defence Systems
"This contract provides development tasks for completely new software and algorithms solutions. The technology is exciting and forward-looking and may be used in other areas in the defence and security context", says Eirik Lie, Executive Vice President in Kongsberg Defence Systems.