E-3ASentry; AWACS (Airborne Early Warning and Control System) Aircraft
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Caption: The crew of a NATO E-3A Airborne Early Warning Radar System aircraft check all systems prior to takeoff on a mission over the Mediterranean Sea from Trapani, Italy in March 2011.
NATO Air Base Geilenkirchen, Germany, home to the NATO Airborne Early Warning and Control (NAEW&C) Force E-3A Component.
The NATO E-3A's based in Geilenkirchen, Germany were deployed to the United States to alleviate the workload placed on the US AWACS fleet.
The Gulf War and more recent conflicts in the former Yugoslavia have demonstrated the effectiveness of airborne surveillance provided by E-3A Awacs and E-8C Joint Stars aircraft.
Within the NATO context, European Aeronautic, Defence and Space (EADS) Company subsidiary Dornier Flugzeugwerft GmbH (acting as programme prime) has awarded EADS' Defence Electronics Business Unit a contract covering the supply of four identification and collision warning systems for installation aboard NATO AEWF E-3A aircraft.
Alsalam has provided technical support services and PDM on various platforms for the RSAF including F-15s, Tornados, AWACS E-3A and KE3-A F-15, and has supported the RSAF's helicopter aircraft.
The deal came as part of the deal between Marconi Selenia Communications (MSC) and Boeing for the production and retrofit phase of the NATO E-3A AWACS mid-term modernization program.
In addition, the team's pioneering research of surface acoustic wave components has led to miniature components being used in E-3A, B-1B, the AN/FPS-113 radar and the Patriot missile systems.
Session one, "Command and Control of the Air Battle," will address the E-3A program and operations; the E-2C Program and Operations, and AEW Upgrades.
[3,5,6] On the E-3a system, there are 13 operator specialists and a four-member flight crew.