Reports the U.S. Air Force in a press release of March 18. During Red Flag 21-2 air combat exercises, described in the release by the tactical director and NATO E-3A Airborne Warning and Control System Red Flag detachment commander as ” the world’s premier air combat training environment,” servicemen from seven NATO nations joined the U.S. Air Force at the Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada for phase two of this year’s Red Flag air combat exercises.
In January and February Air Force personnel from 20 American states and warplanes such as the B-1B Lancer, B-2 Spirit, F-22 Raptor, F-35 Lightning II [Joint Strike Fighter], F-16 Fighting Falcon, EA-18G Growler, F-15E Strike Eagle and A-10 Thunderbolt II participated. A fleet of bombers and fighter jets sufficient to level a mid-size nation in the Middle East or the Balkans. Or in former Soviet territory.
The Boeing E-3A Sentry is commonly known as Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS). NATO AWACS patrolled the Atlantic seaboard of the U.S. after NATO invoked its Article 5 mutual war clause in 2001. (Among other measures the military bloc took at the time was the deployment of German armored vehicles to the Southwest of the country. There may have been residents of the area old enough to find that development ironic – or alarming.)
NATO AWACS are “equipped with a state-of-the-art long-range radar, covering a surveillance area of more than 120,000 square miles, which is roughly the size of Poland.” Just by way of example, of course. Or Ukraine. Or Crimea.
The press release also boasts that “the E-3A has a greater chance of surviving in warfare than a fixed, ground-based radar system.” Which would be of critical importance in a large-scale, particularly a nuclear war.
Among the cornucopia of propaganda decoys released by NATO, its apologists and halfhearted critics is that, much as is said of Antifa in the U.S. and Europe (by among other sources Voice of America), there really is no such thing as NATO; it’s just an ever-shifting ad hoc combination of the personnel and equipment of member states. NATO AWACS rehearsing large-scale air combat gives the lie to that claim.
As does the recent deployment of NATO drones to the borders of South Ossetia and Russia.
Anyone who believes that B-1s, B-2s, F-15Es, F-16s, F-22s, F-35s, A-10s and NATO AWACS aircraft are practicing for any other purpose than military conflict with Russia is seriously uninformed.