NATO AWACS presents itself to Romania
Monday the 15th of May a NATO AWACS landed at Henri Coand International Airport in Bucharest. During a special scheduled press event the multi-national crew demonstrated the capabilities of the aircraft to the Romanian press.
The event was organised next to a
quarterly scheduling conference where future plans are made regarding the
participation of NATO AWACS in NATO's Assurance Measures. These missions are
flown to conduct air surveillance, enhance NATO's situational awareness and to
provide assurance to nations on NATO's Eastern Flank. From March 2014 NATO
AWACS fly assurance measures missions over Romania on an almost daily basis.
The day after the event the NATO
AWACS conducted an Assurance Measure sortie over Romania flying with Romanian
guests. They eye-witnessed the crew conducting surveillance in an area over
312.000km2. The crew also controlled an exercise with Romanian fighter
Romania joined the NATO Airborne
Early Warning and Control Force in 2009 an having their first crew members at
MOB Geilenkirchen in 2011.