Following the 11 September terrorist attacks against the United States in 2001, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization provided seven NATO Airborne Early Warning and Control Systems Aircraft (AWACS) to the United States to help defend its airspace and prevent further attacks.
Called Operation Eagle Assist, this counter-terrorist initiative began on 9 October and was terminated on 16 May 2002. During seven months, 830 crew members from 13 NATO countries patrolled US skies for 4,300 hours in over 360 operational sorties.
This was the first time that NATO military assets had been deployed in support of an Article 5 operation. It was a concrete demonstration of Allied solidarity.
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The term “radar” is an acronym for Radio Detection And Ranging. Radars use radio waves to detect the presence of an object and to determine its position.