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NATO flies Phoenix UAV along Finnish-Russian border for first time

by Gareth Jennings

A file photo of a NATO RQ-4 Phoenix UAV that flew along the Finnish-Russian border for the first time on 13 September. (NATO)

NATO has flown its Northrop Grumman RQ-4D Phoenix high-altitude long-endurance (HALE) unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) along the Finnish-Russian border for the first time.

NATO Air Command confirmed the mission, which had been visible via online flight tracker servicers that showed the RQ-4 Global Hawk Block 40-derived UAV flying from its home base at Sigonella on the Italian island of Sicily, and routing along a third of the length of the Finnish-Russian border up to about 460 km north of Helsinki, before returning along the same track.

β€œThis mission was the first time a NATO Alliance Ground Surveillance Force (NAGSF) RQ-4D drone flew over Finland,” NATO Air Command said. β€œThis mission came as NATO air forces continue to step up their reconnaissance missions on the alliance’s eastern borders in the wake of Russia’s full-fledged war against Ukraine.”

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