NATO's first Airborne Early Warning Force (NAEW) was officially inaugurated by Secretary General Joseph Luns at Geilenkirchen Airbase, West Germany on June 28.
GV & CU (NATURAL) E-3A Airborne and Early Warning aircraft with rotodome and Luxembourg insignia (3 shots)
GV Parade by NATO NAEW unit crowd watching (3 shots)
GV NATO Secretary General Joseph Luns arrives on rostrum, unfurls the flags for the NAEW unit
GV (MUTE))Early warning aircraft takes off (2 shots)
AV Rotodome on top of aircraft rotating
GV INTERIOR Aircrew at control panels (3 shots)
GV Aircraft flying over snow-covered mountains (2 shots)
GV INTERIOR Aircrew at controls
GV Aircraft flying over mountains
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Background: NATO's first Airborne Early Warning Force (NAEW) was officially inaugurated by Secretary General Joseph Luns at Geilenkirchen Airbase, West Germany on June 28. The NAEW, set up to improve defence systems, was given full status as a NATO headquarters in 1980. Thirteen of NATO's 16 members are financial partners in the venture. Only France, Iceland and Spain do not contribute. The aircraft used by the early warning force are the E-3A (a converted Boeing 707) and the Nimrod (derived from the Comet airliner). Both aircraft are equipped with sophisticated radar systems capable of tracking a target at virtually any height and on any surface.
The antenna system of the E-3A is mounted on a rotating dome above the fuselage of the aircraft. The dome makes one revolution every ten seconds giving full 360 degree surveillance. The NAEW force will consist of 18 e-3A aircraft and 11 Nimrods. They will be manned by a multinational force with crews from 11 NATO member countries. Three squadrons will fly the aircraft and operate the sophisticated tracking and control systems which include a communications computer capable of protecting itself against any attempts to intercept electronically. It is hoped that the NAEW force will be fully operational by mid-1985.