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NATO AWACS aircraft keep supporting the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS

18 Dec 2018 10:44

Synopsis

Responding to the threat posed by ISIS/ISIL, NATO has deployed AWACS surveillance aircraft to support the US-led Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS. NATO’s advanced Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS) aircraft are helping to make the skies safer by providing greater situational awareness, and thereby boosting and enhancing the Coalition’s overall “air picture”. Operating from Konya Airfield in Turkey, NATO’s AWACS aircraft have been supporting the Coalition with air surveillance and situational awareness since October 2016. Following a decision by NATO Heads of State and Government in May 2017, the AWACS aircraft will also conduct airspace management for the Coalition. The coordination of airstrikes is not part of the mandate. AWACS aircraft only fly in international airspace or over Turkey. AWACS aircraft (Boeing E-3A) are capable of detecting aircraft hundreds of kilometres away, meaning that they can monitor Iraqi and Syrian airspace from inside Turkish airspace. NATO’s deployment of AWACS aircraft is a tangible contribution to the counter-ISIS/ISIL effort and a signal of NATO’s determination to help fight terrorism. By providing AWACS support, NATO is demonstrating its resolve to tackle security challenges coming from the Middle East and North Africa.

Teaser

By providing AWACS support, NATO is demonstrating its resolve to tackle security challenges coming from the Middle East and North Africa.

Transcript

00:00:00:00 Various Shots of briefing before flight 00:00:15:07 Various Shots of crew boarding the AWACS 00:00:33:02 Various shots of ground crew and AWACS taking off 00:01:42:03 Various shots of pilots in the cockpit operating during take-off and in the air 00:02:56:09 Various shots of radar operator on board the AWACS 00:03:34:13 Various shots of Weapons Controller 1st Lieutenant Michael AKKERMAN (NLD) 00:04:25:16 Travelling shot of inside the AWACS-A operating area 00:04:41:08 Various shots of pilots in the cockpit operating during flight and landing 00:05:47:17 GoPro shots from inside the cockpit of take-off and landing 00:06:15:24 Soundbites of AWACS Aircraft Commander Lieutenant Colonel Ratersmann (GER) “Once we depart from our base in Konya, we fly eastbound towards the Turkish border towards Syria. We stay always north of that border within the Turkish airspace, NATO territory. And then it takes about an hour to get there, and then we get into an orbit flight, basically a circle, and we stay there for the duration of our mission. And once we’re established there, that’s when the mission crew in the back, they do all their stuff and do all their job in the back. Well, for this counter-ISIL mission we have like a standard orbit that we usually fly to, so that does not change much, no, so the counter-ISIL sortie is most of the time on the same area. Sometimes we also get a tanker, we get air-to-air refuelled, and then we have to leave our area a little bit, but it’s very nearby. Then we do the air refuelling for about 30 minutes, 45 minutes, get some more fuel and then we can extend our mission. Our normal sorties without the tankers is a 7-hour mission, and then if we have a tanker we can fly up to 10 hours.” #ENDS#

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Reference
NATO743786
Date filming
13 Dec 2018 12:00
End date filming
13 Dec 2018 12:00
Location
Konya
Country
Turkey
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Type
B-roll