Nato Defence Ministers have approved a two billion (United States) dollar airborne radar defence system designed to reduce the danger of surprise attacks by the Warsaw Pact forces.
INT MV Chairman Lunns enters NATO building
INT MV Sri J. Killick arrives with aides
MV British delegation members arriving
CU NATO sign PAN TO Chairman, Lunns
GVs delegates standing around talking (THREE SHOTS)
CU PULL BACK TO MV Belgian delegates seated (Mr C. Schuurmans and Mr P. Vanden Boeynants)
MV German delegation Dr R.F. Pauls and Dr H. Apel
CU PULL BACK TO MV British delegation Sir J. Killick and Defence Minister Mr F. Mulley
MV Turkish delegation Mr O. Olcay and Mr H.E. Isik
MV Canadian delegation Mr J.E.G. Hardy and Mr B.L. Danson
GV Conference room
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Background: Nato Defence Ministers have approved a two billion (United States) dollar airborne radar defence system designed to reduce the danger of surprise attacks by the Warsaw Pact forces.
SYNOPSIS: NATO ministers arrived for the two day meeting, to finalise the project which has caused dissension in NATO for the past three years. The Airborne Warning and Command System, known as ??? is expected to be in operation ??? a main base in West Germany in 1982. The fleet of sixteen to eighteen modified Boeing 707 aircraft will have the capability of checking enemy activities up to three or four hundred miles away, and will give Western Europe an extra fifteen minutes of warning in an air attack. This is the largest single commonly funded programme ever undertaken by the alliance, and the ministers welcomed the significant step towards strengthening NATO defence.
The cost of the project has kept the German delegation from approving it for the past three years. Their decision now to contribute about thirty percent of the total cost, the second highest contribution next to the United States, tipped the balance in favour of AWACS.