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  • Mission possible

    News | 14 Sep 1999 23:00

    EW aircraft, tankers and AWACS turn the impossible into the achievable <p>Stewart Penney/RAF Brize Norton &amp; RAF Waddington DeeDee Doke/Aviano AB &amp; RAF Mildenhall </p> <p><img src='../Assets/GetAsset.aspx?ItemID=3397' /></p> <p>Missions over Iraqi and Yugoslavia would not be possible without force multipliers such as the Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS), electronic warfare (EW) assets and tankers. The UK Royal Air Force's Boeing E-3D Sentry AEW1s have operated over the former Yugoslavia with similar aircraft from the US and French air forces and the multinational NATO AEW Force. </p> <p>The success of the AWACS during the Allied Force operation over Kosovo is clear; there were no mid-air collisions and no blue-on-blue incidents, where friendly forces were attacked. Without tankers, fighters would be restricted to striking targets around the edges of hostile countries. Without EW protection, losses would be significant and politically unacceptable. </p> <p>For t