A NATO E-3 Awacs at its Geilenkirchen base (Image © Elmer van Hest)

NATO Awacs aircraft turn eyes to Ukraine

A NATO E-3 Awacs at its Geilenkirchen base.
A NATO E-3 Awacs at its Geilenkirchen base. (Image © Elmer van Hest)

LATEST UPDATE 14 MARCH 2014 | NATO is sending its Boeing E-3 Sentry Awacs aircraft to Poland and Romania to watch over neighbouring Ukraine, the organization reported on Monday. The aircraft will fly surveillance missions from their base at Geilenkirchen in Germany.

Sentry aircraft from the Royal Air Force’s No. 8 Squadron will also take part from their Waddington base in central England. The first RAF E-3Ds left the UK on 14 March 2014. The RAF has six of the type in its inventory.

The Sentries will only overfly NATO countries during their missions, but will keep their eyes on Ukraine all of the time. They will monitor the airborne situation over the country constantly, said NATO. Ukraine is a strategic partner of NATO, but talks about the country becoming a full member were halted under now-ousted president Yanukovych.

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