Skip Navigation

NATO SENTRY

Royal International Air Tattoo

Airshow

Royal International Air Tattoo
Royal International Air Tattoo
Royal International Air Tattoo
Royal International Air Tattoo

NATO SENTRY

Performing a special flypast on the Friday at the Air Tattoo will be an E-3A Sentry from 2 Squadron of the NATO AWACS Component. The E-3A, a modified Boeing 707 with a large mushroom-shaped radar dome on its fuselage, provides NATO with crucial battlefield intelligence. The E-3A Sentry is an airborne warning and control system (AWACS), which normally operates at an altitude of 30,000ft. When established at this altitude, a single E-3A can continuously survey the airspace within a radius of more than 400km of the aircraft and, using digital data links, exchange information with ground and sea-based commanders. Geilenkirchen Air Base in Germany is home to NATO's 17 E-3As. Whilst their principal role is air surveillance, they can also help co-ordinate air-to-air refuelling missions, combat search and rescue, and the support and control of friendly aircraft. 

Stay in touch Don't miss out on all our Air Tattoo news and updates, sign up here

Subscribe