Five-Year, Multi-million Dollar Contract
Northrop Grumman has been awarded a five-year contract by the NATO Support & Procurement Agency (NSPA) to support the Alliance Ground Surveillance (AGS) Force (NAGSF). The contract, designed to support fleet readiness, covers operations, maintenance and lifecycle sustainment for NATO’s fleet of UAVs, air vehicle mission C2 stations, and a trainer.
“We have a long legacy of partnering with the NATO AGS Force,” said Kenn Todorov, sector VP, Global Sustainment and Modernization. “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 company will provide full lifecycle sustainment, including repairs, onsite maintenance and operations support to NAGSF at Sigonella Air Base in Italy. From the US, the team will provide programme 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.
“The signature of this contract with Northrop Grumman marks another major milestone towards the In-Service Support Phase of the NATO AGS Core System. It will enable NSPA, in its role as Life Cycle Manager of the system, to sustain this key capability on behalf of the Alliance,” commented NSPA General Manager, Peter Dohmen.
The NATO AGS system of systems, which recently achieved initial operating capability, consists of five RQ-4D aircraft, based on the Northrop Grumman wide-area surveillance GLOBAL HAWK, ground and support segments, and advanced sensor technologies. The aircraft’s wide-area surveillance and the fixed, mobile and transportable ground stations provide cutting-edge ISR capability 24/7, 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.