17 Feb '17, 10am

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#NATO begins study to replace its #Boeing E-3 AWACS surveillance #aircaft

NATO has begun looking at options for the provision of early warning and control after it retires its fleet of Boeing E-3A Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS) aircraft in about 20 years' time. Defence ministers from alliance member nations signed an agreement on 15 February to develop a follow-on capability for its AWACS surveillance aircraft after they are retired around 2035, a NATO official confirmed to Jane's. "To ensure we stay ahead of the curve, ministers agreed today to develop a follow-on capability for our AWACS planes after they retire … This will help deal with challenges from our southern neighbourhood, and support our defence and deterrence against any threat," NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg told reporters. This agreement followed an initial decision to look at options that was taken by NATO heads of state and governments at the Warsaw Summit...

Full article: http://www.janes.com/article/67813/nato-begins-study-of-a...

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