GEILENKIRCHEN, Germany - Essential runway maintenance work is undertaken from 21 August to 3 October at NATO Airbase Geilenkirchen in Germany. The maintenance work is important to ensure the safety and operational efficiency of the NATO E-3A AWACS. During the runway closure of the NATO Airbase the AWACS fleet is deployed to other locations to ensure continuous operational readiness and training of the aircrews.
For the last two weeks, two NATO E-3A AWACS were deployed to the Forward Operating Location (FOL) Ørland, Norway, while the other NATO AWACS operated out of Forward Operating Base Konya, Türkiye. Through these flexible deployments to different bases, the NATO Early Warning and Control Force is able to uphold complex crew training.
During the sorties flown out of FOL Ørland, the crew trained among other things nightly air-to-air refuelling, controlled British fighter aircraft, and trained procedures of simulated emergencies. The deployed crew also organized a static display of the E-3A aircraft, explaining international staff from the Norwegian Luftforsvaret the capabilities of the AWACS.