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Canada to re-join NATO AWACS programme

14 February 2018

Canada will re-join NATO’s Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS) sharing programme, the Department of National Defence (DND) announced on 14 February.

The DND believes that returning to the programme will help with the increased use of AWACS aircraft for joint intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) in NATO operations, such as those in Eastern Europe where Canada leads a NATO battlegroup in Latvia.

Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan said the decision emphasises Canada’s commitment to NATO. He added: “Canada has decided to re-join NATO’s Airborne Warning and Control System. AWACS is a key NATO capability that we will support by contributing to its operations and support budget.”

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