NATO’s Airborne Early Warning and Management System (AWACS) is taking part within the Mixed Air Operations train, Frisian Flag, led by the Royal Netherlands Air Drive. The annual Dutch train is hosted within the airspace of Denmark, Germany and the Netherlands, and presents completely different NATO fighter jet communities the chance to coach in high-intensity warfare situations. The multinational crew on board at NATO E-3A AWACS supported the train by executing air surveillance and directing fighter jets in the course of the reside flying air fight coaching.

“The train Frisian Flag supplies our mission crew a terrific alternative to coach in a posh atmosphere with completely different fighter property. The air battles with many jets are difficult our operators intensively which considerably will increase our expertise in a brief time frame. By bettering the interoperability and coaching of our airmen, we’re making the Alliance stronger,” mentioned Dutch Main (OF-3) Philip, Tactical Director on board on the NATO E-3A AWACS.

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The crew on board the AWACS supported fighters by executing air surveillance and directing fighter jets throughout live-flying air fight coaching. (Picture by SHAPE NATO Allied Command Operations)

Throughout Frisian Flag the NATO E-3A AWACS is flying from NATO Air Base Geilenkirchen to function the system within the airspace between Denmark, Germany and the Netherlands. Throughout first week of the train, an AWACS crew supported Defensive Counter Air Operations and NATO’s Command and Management asset executed offensive operations in the course of the second week of the train. The scenario which looms over the borders of the jap flank of NATO, since Russia’s unprovoked assault on Ukraine, exhibits large-scale workouts like Frisian Flag are vital greater than ever.

NATO acquired 18 E-3As and help gear, with the primary plane delivered in January 1982. The plane are registered in Luxembourg. The eighteen E-3s have been operated by No 1, 2 and three Squadrons of NATO’s E-3 Element, primarily based at NATO Air Base Geilenkirchen. Presently, 16 NATO E-3As are within the stock, since one E-3 was misplaced in a crash and one was retired from service in 2015. The latter was due for its six-year cycle Depot Stage Upkeep (DLM) inspection which might have been very pricey.