NATO Selects Aircraft Sustainment and Training Support Provider

Northrop Grumman will cover operations, maintenance and lifecycle sustainment of NATO’s fleet of unmanned aerial vehicles, air vehicle mission command and control stations, and trainer at Sigonella Air Base, Italy By DA Reporter / 18 Aug 2021

Northrop Grumman Corporation has received a multi-million dollar contract to provide full aircraft lifecycle sustainment support for the NATO Alliance Ground Surveillance Force (NAGSF). 

The company will support fleet readiness by covering operations, maintenance and lifecycle sustainment of NATO’s fleet of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), air vehicle mission command and control stations, and trainer at Sigonella Air Base, Sigonella, Italy. From the U.S., the team will provide program management, software sustainment, configuration management and technical support including sustaining engineering, technical documentation updates, integrated logistics support data analysis, reach back, airworthiness and system design responsibilities.

“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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