NATO AWACS flies first mission in support of Counter ISIL Coalition
An Italian AWACS crew member monitors the airspace
Oct 20, 2016
A NATO AWACS conducted the first counter-ISIL mission in support of the Counter ISIL Coalition on Thursday 20th of October. The multinational crew flew an 8 hour lasting mission.
During the NATO Summit last July, it was decided that NATO AWACS would provide direct support to the Anti-ISIL Coalition which is already operating for some time over Syria and Iraq. Operating out of Forward Operating Base (FOB) Konya, Turkey, the AWACS task is to support the coalition with surveillance and contribute to situational awareness and safety. By providing this AWACS support, NATO is demonstrating its resolve to tackle security challenges coming from the south. It’s a clear signal of NATO’s determination to help fight terrorism.