Effects of Finland’s entry into NATO

We have already seen NATO manned aircraft conducting surveillance missions in Finland near the Russian border, but this is the first time we have seen a drone perform this type of mission.

The NATO Northrop Grumman RQ-4D (registration MM-AV-SA0018 – call sign MAGMA10) took off from Sigonella AB and is currently conducting a surveillance mission near Helsinki, where it can monitor the entire St. Petersburg region (and beyond).

The RQ-4D is a high-altitude, long-endurance (HALE) unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) developed by Northrop Grumman. It is based on the US Air Force’s RQ-4 Global Hawk, but has been modified to meet NATO requirements.

The RQ-4D is equipped with a variety of sensors, including a synthetic aperture radar (SAR), an electro-optical/infrared (EO/IR) camera, and a signals intelligence (SIGINT) payload. This allows it to collect a wide range of intelligence, including imagery, radar data, and electronic signals.

The RQ-4D has a maximum range of 11,000 nautical miles (12,600 miles) and can stay in the air for up to 30 hours. This makes it ideal for conducting long-range surveillance missions.

The deployment of the RQ-4D in Finland is a significant escalation of NATO’s military presence in the region. It is a clear signal to Russia that NATO is committed to defending its members, including Finland.

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