Nato Awacs in static display
16 July 2012
The North AtlanticTreaty Organization (NATO) has accepted the invitation made by the MaltaAviation Society (MAS) to participate with a boeing E-3A airborne early warningand control (AWACS) aircraft on static display for the Malta InternationalAirshow 2012.
The Boeing E-3 Sentry is an airborne early warning andcontrol (AWACS) developed by Boeing as the prime contractor.Derived from the Boeing 707, it provides all-weather surveillance,command, control and communications, and is used by the United States AirForce (USAF), NATO, Royal Air Force(RAF), French AirForce and Royal Saudi Air Force. The E-3 is distinguished by thedistinctive rotating radar dome above the fuselage. Production ended in 1992after 68 aircraft were built. Throughout the aircraft's service life,numerous upgrades were performed to enhance its capabilities. In 1996,Westinghouse Electric was acquired by Northrop before being renamed Northrop Grumman Electronic Systems, whichcurrently supports the E-3's radar.
NATO has 17 E-3's Based in Geilenkirchen, Germany. All of these aircraft are officially registered in Luxembourg, a NATO member with no airforce of its own. The AWACS’s mainrole is to monitor and control NATO aircraft in peace and during operations.
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