Allied Air Command
November 22, 2022

Alliance Ground Surveillance Force deploys mobile exploitation module outside Italy for the first time

For the first time, NATO’s Alliance Ground Surveillance Force (NAGSF) has deployed their Mobile General Ground Station or MGGS outside Italy testing the Force’s expeditionary capability to exploit the data collected by the RQ-4D Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) at a remote site.

Allied Air Command Chief of Staff Major General Gianluca Ercolani, Italian Air Force, and Deputy Chief of Staff Brigadier General Christoph Pliet, German Air Force, visited the 24-strong NAGSF detachment who set up camp inside the perimeter of HQ AIRCOM.

…Until November 22, the team of NAGSF experts, supported by contractor technicians linked up with the RQ-4Ds during reconnaissance flights along the eastern flank tracking its operation and exploiting and transferring collected data.

…“From our operational perspective, this deployment greatly helps NATO’s procedures to collect, process and distribute intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance results within our organisation and with the Allies – even out of a remote location,” he added.

“The purpose of the deployment to Ramstein is to achieve a checkmark on the Force’s way to NATO Alliance Ground Surveillance enhanced initial operational capability,” said the deployment commander, U.S. Air Force Captain Jacob Sanborn….

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