New communication systems and data links to improve interoperability are at the heart of a $1 billion upgrade to NATO’s fleet of Boeing E-3A Sentry airborne early warning aircraft. The upgrade plan was announced by NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg in front of one of the alliance’s fleet of 14 E-3s in Brussels on Nov. 27. It will see new cryptographic systems installed on the aircraft and a beyond-line-of-sight Link 16 data link, replacing the HF Link 11 system currently ...

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