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NATO air surveillance aircraft supporting counter-terrorism efforts by the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS

02 Jul 2018 17:21

Synopsis

In October 2016, Allies agreed to provide support to the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS with NATO’s AWACS surveillance aircraft. Their advanced sensors allow them to fly in Turkey while observing and managing the airspace in Iraq and Syria. NATO AWACS aircraft help improve the Coalition’s air picture. This makes the skies safer and Coalition air operations even more efficient. The AWACS aircraft support the Coalition with air surveillance and airspace management – this includes directing aircraft where to fly and at what altitude. AWACS does not coordinate Coalition air strikes or provide engagement clearances for fighter aircraft. Under normal circumstances, the aircraft operates for about eight hours, at 30,000 feet (9,150 metres) and covers a surveillance area of more than 120,000 square miles (310,798 square kilometres). 16 Allies are full members of NATO’s AWACS programme: Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Spain, Turkey and the United States. Canada has recently announced its intention to rejoin; the United Kingdom exercises limited participation; and France has an observer role. Footage from an AWACS mission, which took off from an airbase in Konya, Turkey, on 6 March 2018, as well as interviews with key personnel involved.

Teaser

“To fight terrorism, you need an overall view of the area you’re operating in.” Since October 2016, NATO AWACS have flown over 1,000 mission hours in support of the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS.

Transcript

1. (00:00) VARIOUS SHOTS – NATO AWACS ON TARMAC 2. (00:15) VARIOUS SHOTS – CREW WALKING TO AIRCRAFT 3. (00:43) VARIOUS SHOTS – VIEWS OF CREW IN THE COCKPIT 4. (01:30) VARIOUS SHOTS – PATCHES ON ARMS OF CREW MEMBERS 5. (02:07) VARIOUS SHOTS – COMPUTER SCREENS IN AIRCRAFT AND CREW LOOKING AT COMPUTER SCREENS IN AIRCRAFT 6. (02:55) WIDE SHOT – INTERIOR OF AIRCRAFT 7. (03:00) VARIOUS SHOTS – CREW IN BRIEFING ROOM BEING BRIEFED 8. (03:36) SOUNDBITE (ENGLISH) – Colonel Bas Pellemans, Deputy E3-A Component Commander, Royal Netherlands Air Force “To fight terrorism, you need an overall view of the area you’re operating in. And the radars on the ground look up, and this radar looks down, and those two together build a complete picture of the area. And then in this area, we can direct airplanes to wherever they need to go, and be sure that they are safe and don’t hit each other.” 9. (03:58) SOUNDBITE (ENGLISH) – Colonel Bas Pellemans, Deputy E3-A Component Commander, Royal Netherlands Air Force “If you wouldn’t have had this kind of airplane, you would not have a full picture of the airspace. And then it will be much more difficult to coordinate and task where airplanes should go.” 10. (04:11) SOUNDBITE (ENGLISH) – Colonel Bas Pellemans, Deputy E3-A Component Commander, Royal Netherlands Air Force “We fly up in Turkish airspace, we look into the theater, for up to let’s say five or six hours, or more, that all depends on if we have a tanker in the air available, and we collect information, and we build this complete picture of all the airplanes in the air, and send the information to those authorities that direct the airplanes to do what they are tasked to do.” 11. (04:41) SOUNDBITE (ENGLISH) – Lieutenant Colonel Christina Vile, Squadron Commander, US Air Force “Twenty-nine nations have given us a mandate, and that mandate is for the E-3A to deliver identification and surveillance capabilities to the Combined Forces Air Component Commander, and therefore we’re making the airspace safer for the coalition combating the ISIL threat.” 12. (04:59) SOUNDBITE (ENGLISH) – Colonel Michael Mote, Logistics Wing Commander, US Air Force “Well on this flight, on this airplane right now, we have nine different NATO nations represented, that help support this flight, generate this flight and make sure this flight safely got airborne and is maintained properly.” 13. (05:09) SOUNDBITE (ENGLISH) – Colonel Michael Mote, Logistics Wing Commander, US Air Force “And the support from our Turkish forward operating base members, our maintenance support, our supply support, our support for our folks that are bedded down with regard to dormitories and dining facilities, gym facilities, you know, taking care of the morale of all the folks deployed, it’s phenomenal. It is first class, and it allows us to maintain this continuous presence, and it allows us to have the success that we’ve had.” *ENDS

Media tags

Reference
NATO708086
Date filming
14 Mar 2018 12:00
Location
Konya
Country
Turkey
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Type
B-roll