On 4 December 2020, the first NATO Alliance Ground Surveillance (AGS) assets were handed over from the NATO Alliance Ground Surveillance Management Organization (NAGSMO) to the NATO Support and Procurement Organisation (NSPO) AGS Support Partnership Committee (SPC), where all NATO 30 Allies are represented. The transition of the assets is expected to be completed in the first quarter of 2021.
The handover letter was signed by NAGSMO Board of Directors Chairman and AGS SPC Chairman during a ceremony organised in NATO Headquarters Brussels on 3 December 2020.
"We have all been working hard for years to achieve this milestone. The handover activities start with the first asset, Main Operation Support (MOS) transfer from the NAGSMO Nations, at 15, to the AGS Support Partnership Committee (SPC), at 30. This represents a huge milestone in the AGS and marks beginning of transfer from the procurement phase into operation phase, enabling our AGS Force to protect and keep our society safe. The transfer could not be possible without hard work, professionalism, effort and dedication of NAGSMA staff and other AGS Stakeholders, NCIA, NSPA, SHAPE, NAGS Force and industry partners. They all deserve a huge thanks for that", said Mr Airis Rikveilis, NAGSMO Board of Directors Chairman.