Drones will be flying over Lithuania as of 2017 under NATO's Alliance Ground Surveillance system. Lithuania has taken part in the project, worth US 1.5 billion, since 2013.
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All in all, 15 countries are involved in the project.

According to the Lithuanian national television LRT's program Savaitė (Week), NATO will use drones, weighing 1.5 tons, for reconnaissance and collection of information about the enemy and possible targets.

Such remotely piloted aircraft will also be used in other emergency situations, for example, in cases of natural disasters, providing information about a specific territory, the best points of access, etc.

Lithuania has allocated almost EUR 5 million for the AGS, with a Lithuanian company already developing software.

The first NATO drone will be presented in California in three weeks. Preparations for the AGS launch will take place in Europe as well. The main operating base for the AGS will be located at Sigonella Air Base in Italy, which will serve a dual purpose as a NATO Joint Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (JISR) deployment base and data exploitation and training centre.

NATO drones will be able to spend up to 24 hours in the air, reaching the maximum height of around 20km and capable of reconnoitering an area under various weather conditions. Equipped with radars, thermal cameras and other means of surveillance, NATO drones will be able to carry out surveillance of objects on ground and water surface.

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