According to the Associated Press, NATO is to deploy an unidentified number of E-3 Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS) aircraft to Turkey as part of a series of reassurance measures recently agreed by the alliance.
The move comes after tensions between Turkey and Russia flared up over the downing of a Russian Su-24 bomber by Turkish F-16s along the Turkish-Syrian border on 24 November.
German Defence Ministry spokesman Boris Nannt stressed on 28 December that the deployment of AWACS aircraft from the NATO Air Base in Geilenkirchen, western Germany, to Turkey will be a «purely defensive measure» and said military planning for the deployment is currently under way.
|Airframe Span||145 feet, 9 inch/44.43 m|
|Airframe Length||152 feet, 11 inch/46.62 m|
|Radome Height||41 feet, 9 inch/12.5 m|
|Radome Thickness||6 feet/1.8 m|
|Radome Diameter||30 feet/9.1 m|
|Speed||500 mph/800 km/h|
|Endurance||More than 11 hrs. unrefueled|
|Range||More than 5,000 NM/5,748 miles/9,250 km|
|Maximum Take-Off Weight (MTOW)||335,000 lbs/151,955 kg|