The multinational team of technicians at NATO’s Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance Force (NISRF) has successfully completed an engine replacement on one of its aircraft for the first time at the Main Operating Base in Sigonella, Italy, according to a press release.

The operation involved an RQ-4D remotely piloted aircraft, which arrived in Sigonella at the end of 2019.

After five years of service, an engine swap was necessary due to the engine’s limited service life. With appropriate maintenance, aircraft engines can operate for several years, but periodic replacements are essential to ensure continued functionality.

“The successful engine change by our NISRF team in Sigonella marks a significant milestone for our Force,” said Brigadier General Andrew Clark, NISRF Commander.

“This complex operation showcases the expertise and dedication of our technicians, ensuring the continued operational readiness of our aircraft. Their hard work and professionalism are a testament to the capabilities of NISRF.”

A reliable and operational fleet is crucial for NISRF to fulfil its mission of providing high-quality intelligence products to NATO decision-makers and member nations swiftly, say the Alliance.

NISRF operates five NATO RQ-4D “Phoenix” remotely piloted aircraft from its Main Operating Base at Sigonella Air Base, Sicily. These aircraft are powered by Rolls Royce AE 3007H turbofan engines, each producing approximately 3,500 hp.

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Colin Milne
Colin Milne (@guest_827807)
7 days ago

Trained technicians complete a scheduled ECU replacement. And?