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First all-female aircrew completes NATO AWACS mission

For the first time ever, a NATO AWACS mission sortie has been completed with an all-female aircrew. The flight, part of the Alliance’s enhanced vigilance activities, took place on Friday (9 February 2024), and was conducted by twenty-two servicewomen from 8 NATO Allies: Canada, Czechia, Denmark, Germany, Italy, Poland, Portugal and the US.
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NATO Foreign Ministers address deterrence and defence, support for Ukraine, and partnerships

On Tuesday (28 November 2023), NATO Foreign Ministers discussed pressing security issues, including NATO’s deterrence and defence, support for Ukraine, and how to work more closely with partner nations. Speaking after the meeting, Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said that Allies also expressed concern about the war in the Middle East. He welcomed the extension of the pause in hostilities between Israel and Hamas, which has allowed much-needed relief to people in Gaza, the release of more hostages, and the delivery of more humanitarian aid.
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NATO strengthens situational awareness with next generation of command and control aircraft

NATO has selected its next generation command and control aircraft as the Alliance’s existing Airborne Warning and Control (AWACS) fleet nears retirement. Production of the six new Boeing E-7A Wedgetail aircraft is set to begin in the coming years, with the first aircraft expected to be ready for operational duty by 2031. A consortium of Allies gave their approval to the project, one of NATO’s biggest-ever capability purchases, this month.
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NATO steps up Baltic Sea patrols after subsea infrastructure damage

NATO and Allies are stepping up patrols in the Baltic Sea following recent damage to undersea infrastructure in the region. The increased measures include additional surveillance and reconnaissance flights, including with maritime patrol aircraft, NATO AWACS planes, and drones. A fleet of four NATO minehunters is also being dispatched to the area.
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NATO deploys AWACS surveillance jets to Lithuania

NATO will temporarily deploy Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS) surveillance planes to Šiauliai, Lithuania. The first of two aircraft will arrive on Thursday (28 September 2023) and will fly missions to monitor Russian military activity near the Alliance’s borders.
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NATO AWACS planes secure Moldova Summit airspace

NATO AWACS surveillance flights will contribute to the protection of the European Political Community Summit in Moldova. Flying over Allied airspace, NATO AWACS will guard the skies over the Summit venue from 31 May to 2 June.
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NATO deploys AWACS surveillance jets to Romania

NATO will deploy Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS) surveillance planes to Bucharest, Romania. The aircraft are scheduled to arrive on January 17, 2023 and will support the Alliance’s reinforced presence in the region and monitor Russian military activity.
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Luxembourg to bolster NATO’s future surveillance capability development

On 25 May 2022, Luxembourg declared its intent to provide around 5M EUR between 2023 and 2025 to help accelerate the development of NATO’s first multi-domain surveillance capability, known as the Alliance Future Surveillance and Control (AFSC) initiative.
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Conference of National Armaments Directors meets

The Conference of National Armaments Directors (CNAD) met on Tuesday and Wednesday (26-27 October 2021) for its Autumn Plenary with representatives from Allied and Interoperability Platform (IP) partners, as part of its regular cycle of meetings.
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NATO successfully tests Rapid Air Mobility procedures

NATO successfully tested procedures to fast-track the airlift of troops and equipment across Europe in a simulated crisis exercise in April. The three-day test of the Alliance’s “rapid air mobility” initiative was held in close coordination with Eurocontrol, the European Organisation for the Safety of Air Navigation.

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