Fri, Jan 14, 2011
Sent To Keep Track Of Traffic Operating Against Taliban
NATO has deployed two AWACS aircraft on a three-month mission to
Afghanistan, where crews will be tasked with tracking the
Alliances' missions against Taliban insurgents.
NATO AWACS Aircraft File Photo
An upswing in aerial missions against Taliban forces has
increased the possibility for mid-air collisions and other issues,
according to NATO officials. The AWACS planes will act as airborne
"control towers" to detect and track other aircraft. Each can stay
airborne for up to 10 hours and is air-refuelable.
The French news service AFP reports that the aircraft will begin
their mission in mid-January. The deployment was delayed by
difficulties obtaining permission to overfly certain countries
which border Afghanistan.
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