NATO is sending its radar planes to coordinate airstrikes against the Islamic State

July 10, 2016 5:38 PM

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NATO is sending its most sophisticated radar aircraft to help coordinate the campaign of airstrikes against the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq, the alliance decided at its summit meeting in Warsaw, Poland.

Sending the E-3 airborne radars, commonly known as AWACS — an acronym for "Airborne Warning and Control System" — to Turkey has also an added benefit, one that the alliance hasn't talked about but will be easily feasible for the aircraft's powerful radar: Keeping an eye on the Russian warplanes oper...

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