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A NATO Boeing AWACS E3 Sentry flew over southern Turkey (NATO member) near the Syrian border on Wednesday 11 April. This overview comes in the context of tensions between the United States, Russia and Syria on the possible chemical attack (and likely in the opinion of the international community) of the Syrian army on part of the country’s population .
An aircraft flying at an altitude of 30,000 feet (9,000 meters) can oversee an area of more than 300,000 square kilometers, and three aircraft with coordinated orbits overlapping can cover central Europe as a whole.
The NATO Boeing AWACS are registered in Luxembourg and have the lion printed on. Historically this registration in Luxembourg has its origin in the fact that Luxembourg had no air force, the registration in Luxembourg being therefore more politically neutral.
The 16 NATO AWACS still in service today are stationed at the Geilenkirchen German airbase, 150 kilometers north of Luxembourg.
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