16 January 2002
Text: Additional NATO Radar Planes to Assist U.S. Homeland Security
(AWACs helping guard against terrorism) (260)
The North Atlantic Council has approved sending two more E3 Airborne
Early Warning and Control aircraft (AWACs) to help patrol the skies
over the United States as part of NATO's efforts in the war against
terrorism, according to the following January 16 press release:
16 January 2002
NATO SENDS EXTRA AWACS TO HELP GUARD SKIES OF AMERICA
Following a request by the United States, NATO's North Atlantic
Council today approved the deployment of two E3 Airborne Early Warning
and Control aircraft to join five other AWACs aircraft of this type
already operating in support of U.S. homeland security.
NATO AWACs aircraft have been conducting operations over the US since
9 October 2001. They are based at Tinker Air Force Base in Oklahoma.
This deployment is one of the most visible examples of NATO's reaction
to the terrorist threat faced by all Allies. It has enabled the US to
use its own AWACs aircraft for operations elsewhere.
The commitment of two further AWACs aircraft to join NATO's first
operational deployment in the US demonstrates the Alliance's
determination to play a full part in the campaign against terrorism.
NATO will nonetheless continue to meet its operational
responsibilities elsewhere, especially in the Balkans, in part because
of the willingness of France and the United Kingdom to employ their
national AWACs aircraft in this role.
Further information from NAEW & CF E-3A Component Public Information
office, telephone: 0049 2451 63 2480 or fax: 0049 2451-7963.
(Distributed by the Office of International Information Programs, U.S.
Department of State. Web site: http://usinfo.state.gov)
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