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June 22, 2011
NATO UAV program

From Bradley Peniston, Defense News:  NATO is continuing to negotiate with Northrop Grumman on an estimated 1 billion euro ($1.4 billion) contract to provide the Alliance Ground Surveillance (AGS) Core Capability, a small fleet of radar-equipped Global Hawk unmanned aircraft. . . .

However, the program has been truncated as budgets have been squeezed, he [USAF Maj. Gen. Stephen Schmidt] said. Instead of eight planes, the program can only afford six aircraft. . . .

The loss of Canadian participation might effectively torpedo the entire AGS effort.  (graphic: Northrop Grumman)