NATO’s AGS programme signature finalised
The 15 nations participating in NATO’s Alliance Ground Surveillance (AGS) programme have completed the signature process of the Programme Memorandum of Understanding (PMOU). This is a significant step towards realizing this essential operational capability for NATO.
The PMOU, along with the AGS Charter, sets the legal, organisational, and budgetary framework for the AGS programme and launches both the NATO AGS Management Organisation (NAGSMO) and NATO AGS Management Agency (NAGSMA) to take charge of the programme.
NATO AGS will be a key capability providing Alliance political decision-makers and military planners as well as the commanders in theatre with an invaluable tool for gathering information on what is happening on the ground. The AGS capability is anticipated to be available as of 2012. Participation to the programme remains open to other interested Allies.
In January 2009, the North Atlantic Council selected Sigonella Air Base, Italy, as the location for the AGS Main Operating Base that will host the UAVs and the ground segment (flight control capabilities and necessary command and control systems).