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NATO to Modernize Surveillance Jets in Face of Russia Risk

NATO on Wednesday introduced it is going to purchase six Boeing plane to interchange its growing old fleet of AWACS surveillance planes, bolstering the alliance’s capabilities to trace the risk from Russia.

“The manufacturing of the six new Boeing E-7A Wedgetail plane is about to start within the coming years, with the primary plane anticipated to be prepared for operational obligation by 2031,” NATO stated.

NATO stated the joint acquisition by its members represented one of many alliance’s “biggest-ever functionality purchases” however didn’t give the general value.

The jets can be operated centrally by the alliance, possible out of its Geilenkirchen airbase in Germany, with intelligence shared among the many 31 members.

“Outfitted with a robust radar, the plane can detect hostile plane, missiles and ships at nice distances and might direct NATO fighter jets to their targets,” the alliance stated.

The US, Britain, and Turkey already fly Wedgetail plane or plan to function them.

The British authorities stated final yr it was spending 1.89 billion kilos ($2.36 billion) on a program to amass three planes.

NATO has stepped up surveillance actions alongside its jap flank within the wake of Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine in February 2022.

In January, the alliance deployed AWACS planes to Romania, which borders Ukraine.