NATO invests billion dollars in modernization of “awacs”


NATO Pact will invest $ 1 trillion in modernization of its fleet of 14 Aviation reconnaissance planes in the coming period. NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg and the “Boeing International” president Michael Arthur announced on 27th November at the Melsbrek Airport in Brussels. On that occasion, it was pointed out that the modernization of the “awacs” would enable these reconnaissance aircraft support Western Alliance missions until 2035. For decades, the “awacs” have been NATO’s eyes and ears in the sky and immeasurable support for operations. These aircraft patrolled the skies of America after the terrorist attacks on the Twin Towers in New York and during military operations in Afghanistan, and were part of the Global Coalition to Fight ISIS”, stressed Jens Stoltenberg.

He added that financial support for this extremely important job was provided by all NATO members and said that many European companies and US companies will cooperate with Boeing until the modernization of “awacs” is completed. Stoltenberg also announced that NATO is already planning heavily on what will happen after 2035, when the “awacs” expires. According to him, these aircraft will then be replaced by brand new ones that will install the most technologically advanced systems and artificial intelligence. The importance of further development of aircraft is also evident from the fact that on 21st November, the first of a series of drones that are produced for NATO purposes landed at the US Air Force Base “Sigonela”. It successfully passed the first exam because he had flown from Palmdale Air Force Base in America the day before and had easily flown a 22-hour flight to Italy. The data and recordings provided by NATO drones will be used by all members of the Western Military Alliance and will be free to access. For the beginning, NATO has scheduled five drones, and when they all land at Sigonel base in the coming days, their final testing will begin. It is expected that all will start to be used in the first half of 2020.

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