Operators of NATO’s surveillance plane reveal what they want in its replacement

August 8, 2019

Defense News:

AMARI AIR BASE, Estonia — As NATO looks to replace its E-3A Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS) fleet, it has asked operators for feedback on what technologies to incorporate in its future system.

While NATO leaders have not yet decided whether a single platform or a family of systems will take over the early airborne warning mission, “I think the most essential thing is the capability … be absolutely interoperable. I think that’s the key, that is the most essential thing,” said Lt. Col. Hans Growla, a crew member and public affairs officer for the NATO E-3A component in Geilenkirchen, Germany.

But Growla declined to comment on what specific technologies could be integrated into an AWACS replacement to grow its capability, citing sensitivities.

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