NATO Airborne Early Warning and Control Force Command (NAEW and C)

Force aérienne de détection lointaine de l'OTAN

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Established Jan 1980, as NATO Airborne Early Warning Force Command, following decision, Dec 1978, of NATO Defence Planning Committee. Placed within E-XE2231 - Allied Command Operations (ACO) of C-XC3005 - NATO. Headquarters has full status as International Military Headquarters. Current name adopted, 16 Oct 1999. Headquarters relocated to NATO Airbase in Geilenkirchen (Germany), 1 Nov 2015. Complements E-XK2029 - NATO Airborne Early Warning and Control Programme Management Organization (NAPMO), set up in 1978 to manage procurement aspects of NATO Airborne Early Warning Control System (AWACS).


Provide an airborne early warning and control capability, trained and equipped to participate in NATO approved operations worldwide, available at graduated levels of readiness, and to support Joint Force or NRF commanders; support the integrated air defence of NATO airspace, collective defensive operations, major joint operations and crisis response operations.


Force comprises:

  • E-3A component - 16 NATO E-3A aircraft operating from Main Operating Base (MOB) at Geilenkirchen (Germany);
  • E-3D component - 6 UK-owned and operated E-3D aircraft, based at RAF Waddington (UK).

Each aircraft is equipped with sophisticated radar systems capable of detecting aircraft at great distances over large expanses of territory. Commanded by SACEUR.


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