AWACS Oversees Olympics

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RAF E-3D airborne warning and control system (AWACS) aircraft are overseeing British airspace during the London Olympics.

NATO E-3A Component photo

It is not the first AWACS mission to provide surveillance and early warning against terrorist threats during a sporting event or the Olympics. NATO E-3As guarded Greek airspace during the 2004 Athens Olympics and most recently the European soccer championship games played in Poland (Ukraine is not a NATO member).

Although the RAF E-3Ds are part of the NATO AWACS force, they are overseeing the Olympics under their national rather than the NATO flag.

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