|Last update: 16-Jun-2004 18:47||NATO Update|
NATO guards skies over Euro 2004
As the European 2004 football championship kicked-off this past weekend, NATO’s AWACS radar aircraft took to the skies over Portugal to patrol against possible terrorist threats.
The Airborne Early Warning Aircraft (AWACS) aircraft were officially requested by Portugal to enhance airspace security for the championship. They will patrol the skies over the match venues until the end of the tournament.
These special NATO-owned radar aircraft are capable of detecting air traffic at great distances, including low-flying aircraft over all different types of terrain and give directions to friendly aircraft operating in the same area.
Their deployment will enhance the protection of the civilian population
and football spectators of the tournament are better guaranteed.