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    US defense contractor Boeing stated that NATO is moving forward to modernize its Airborne Warning and Control System aircraft with new flight deck and avionics systems.

    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — NATO is moving forward to modernize its Airborne early Warning and Control System (AWACS) aircraft with new flight deck and avionics systems, US defense contractor Boeing said in a statement on Thursday.

    “These improvements provide NATO with an AWACS fleet that will save time and fuel, and will also decrease operational costs by allowing a reduction in the flight crew size,” Boeing AWACS Program Manager Jon Hunsberger said.

    The modernization includes full-colour flight deck displays with engine, navigation and radar data.

    The AWACS aircraft have radar atop a modified Boeing 707, and are used by NATO and the United States to provide long-range air-based detection of aircraft, ships and ground targets.

    The modernization is part of a NATO and US Air Force upgrade program expected to be completed in 2016 under a $394 million Air Force contract.

    Boeing will also upgrade an additional 13 NATO AWACS as part of a $257 million program to be completed by 2018, according to the statement.



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