The North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) has acquired 5 new AGS (Alliance Ground Surveillance) “Global Hawk” unmanned surveillance drones. Global security company Northrop Grumman manufactured the drones in a contract worth $1.7 billion.
The Global Hawks do not have attack capabilities. They will be used for protection of ground forces, crisis management, peace support missions, border and maritime security, and humanitarian assistance.
15 allies including Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Germany, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Norway, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia and the United States are involved in acquiring the drones and all 28 NATO member countries will have access to the surveillance data starting sometime between 2017-2018.
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