Colonel Bernd Jesgulke, Chief Engineer of the AWACS Force, based at Geilenkirchen, Germany, met with Colonel Aivars Mezors, Chief of the Latvian Air Force, to discuss assurance missions across the three Baltic states.
The aircraft stood out from its peers on the airfield at Riga International airport due to its distinctive pulse Doppler radar at the rear, which allows it to track aircraft and maritime assets from up to 250 miles away. The other roles the aircraft and its crew perform include acting as a command and control and fighter control node, controlling up to 150 aircraft simultaneously, search and rescue support, airspace control, Missile Defence and Maritime Support Operations. During the day various media had the opportunity to be shown around the aircraft to better understand its capabilities.
We truly appreciate the contribution of our strategic ally with this unique capability in strengthening Latvia's and our regional security.
The Latvian Air Chief said; “We truly appreciate the contribution of our strategic ally with this unique capability in strengthening Latvia`'s and our regional security.” He added; “The landing of NATO E-3A Advanced Warning and Control system plane at Riga Airport is a very powerful signal of NATO`s solidarity and reliability. It also shows a strong understanding from our allies about the geopolitical security situation”
Media gathering imagery and footage of the AWACS after landing at Riga International Airport.
Photo by Chloe McFarlane.