20 november 2019
NATO plans to get rid of AWACS

NATO plans to get rid of AWACS

NATO plans to soon begin dumping AWACS aircraft, which will be replaced by AI-controlled aircraft. Vehicles with old-style radar detection systems have been supplied into service since the late 1970s. However, the Secretary General of the North Atlantic Alliance said that by 2035 they will all be replaced by artificial intelligence-controlled vehicles.

It is planned that in the next 15 years the NATO countries will completely replace aircraft designed for long-range radar detection with modern technologies, including artificial intelligence. Alliance Secretary General Ian Stoltenberg made a similar statement at an industrial forum in Washington.

According to the Secretary General, it was the AWACS fleet that was the eyes of the Allied countries, and provided significant support in various operations throughout these decades. The aircraft were actively used in patrolling US airspace after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. They were also involved in military operations in Afghanistan, global operations against terrorist groups, in particular the Islamic State (banned in Russia).

The complete replacement of this air fleet is planned by 2035. The use of modern technologies is proposed as an alternative. In particular, we will talk about autonomous systems, artificial intelligence and large data streams that will be processed by supercomputers.

AWACS (referred to as E-3 in documents) was developed by the US Air Force for military use only. It was installed mainly on specially modified Boeing 707 aircraft. The first production models of the units were introduced into the country’s Air Force in 1977.

Today, this system is capable of detecting, tracking and recognizing even low-flying targets at a distance of up to 400 km, and high-flying aircraft at much greater distances. Also, the system can track movement in the sea and work regardless of weather conditions and type of terrain. Currently, the alliance has at its disposal 68 aircraft equipped with such systems.

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