Today, NATO has authorized Airborne Warning and Control Systems to fly over allied territory n order to monitor the current situation in Ukraine. This aircraft will provide commanders with enhanced situational awareness – command and control – and protective reassurance to the Ukrainian people. The airframe requires four crew members and can hold thirteen to nineteen communication specialists.
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