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May 29 2024

Enhanced Phoenix: NATO's Upgraded RQ-4D Back in Action

The NATO Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance Force (NISRF) has successfully completed a software update for its fleet of five RQ-4D Phoenix remotely piloted aircraft (RPA).

This upgrade will ensure our ability to support NATO missions across the spectrum of conflict

Following comprehensive testing, all five Phoenix aircraft are now operational and conducting missions across NATO's areas of interest. These high-altitude, long-endurance platforms provide vital intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) data to NATO decision-makers, supporting situational awareness and informed operations.

NATO ISR Force members pull the RQ-4D Phoenix into a hangar. Photo: NATO/NISRF

“The successful software update for our RQ-4D Phoenix fleet will enhance our entire ISR collection enterprise” said Brigadier General Andrew Clark, Commander of NISRF. “The fleet is a critical component in our effort to deliver high-quality, decision-ready intelligence to the Alliance. This upgrade will ensure our ability to support NATO missions across the spectrum of conflict.”

NATO ISR Force mechanic with a RQ-4D Phoenix RPA on their Homebase in Sigonella, Italy. Photo: NATO/NISRF
Updated RQ-4D Phoenix RPA back in the air. Photo: NATO/NISRF

The return of the Phoenix fleet to operational status significantly bolsters NATO's ISR capabilities. The RPAs are currently deployed on missions in both northern and southern areas of interest, providing critical information to NATO commanders and decision-makers.

This successful software update demonstrates NATO's commitment to maintaining a modern and effective ISR capability. The RQ-4D Phoenix plays a vital role in ensuring the Alliance's situational awareness and ability to respond to emerging threats.

Story by NISRF Public Affairs Office

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