Canada to re­join NATO AWACS force

Vayu Aerospace and Defence - - World Aviation & Defence News -

The Gov­ern­ment of Canada has an­nounced its re­join­ing of the multi­na­tional NATO Air­borne Early Warn­ing and Con­trol Force fly­ing E-3A Sen­try Air­borne Warn­ing and Con­trol Sys­tem (AWACS) air­craft. The size of the force was re­duced to 14 op­er­a­tional air­craft fol­low­ing Canada’s an­nounce­ment in 2011 of its planned with­drawal from the force be­cause of bud­getary con­cerns. How­ever, the RCAF has main­tained a cadre of AWACS-qual­i­fied per­son­nel since it stopped fly­ing with the NATO force in 2014 by in­te­grat­ing them with US Air Force crews.

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