Nato has tested new threat detection technologies under its Unified Vision 18 (UV18) trial, which is being held for two weeks across Nato territories in Europe and North America.
The bi-annual UV18 event has been designed to bring the latest and advanced national intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) technologies together.
This will enable the Nato territories to communicate, thereby facilitating the earliest possible detection of potential threats, which will eventually help protect the citizens of the Allied nations.
The UV18 trial will see the participation of members from 17 Nato nations, in addition to participants from the partner countries Finland and Sweden.
During the event, the participants will have the opportunity to connect multinational and collective Joint ISR capabilities.
With approximately 1,250 participants in Europe and North America, the UV18 trial includes the operations of a mixture of aerial, ground and maritime surveillance and reconnaissance platforms, and sensors.
It helps to test the way data collected by individual Allies can be processed, analysed by different Allies and shared across the Alliance.
Also, the trial tests advanced technologies that can help increase the speed and accuracy in which the information is gathered and processed.
Currently, UV is Nato’s main trial to practice and evaluate new technical and operational concepts for conducting joint ISR in Nato operations.
UV18 operates multiple sites and collection assets, which work together across various networks across several Nato nations.
The first trial was held in 2012 in Norway at Ørland airbase.