LATEST UPDATE 2 APRIL 2014 | The NATO Airborne Early Warning and Control fleet, operating out of Geilenkirchen in Germany, will loose three of its 17 Boeing E-3 Sentry aircraft, sources have confirmed to newspapers in the southeastern part of the Netherlands (Limburg). The reduction is part of budget restrains by all NATO states, making it impossible to keep the current fleet going. According to a spokesperson to Dutch media the reduction in aircraft will result in the loss of 100 military positions and 600 civilian jobs, many of them from the province of Limburg in the Netherlands adjacent to Geilenkirchen Airbase.
Despite the source of the news to the Dutch newspapers being apparently an official of Geilenkirchen base, on 2 April 2014 other sources say to AIRheads↑Fly the decision on the cutback has not been made or not been made yet or that there will be no cutback whatsoever. For now we have to assume the situation can turn both ways until we get a 100 percent verification of what it will be.
Source: Dagblad De Limburger with additional reporting by AIRheads’ editor Marcel Burger