Canadian journalists of the CBC got a truly unique opportunity and got on board one of the AWACS E-3 Sentry planes, which regularly fly near the borders of Ukraine and allow detecting objects at a distance of hundreds of kilometers.
Extremely interesting details were caught on camera, and the AWACS operators and pilots themselves told how they help the Air Force of Ukraine.
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The planes themselves take off from Germany and carry out missions for at least 12 hours, approaching the border with Ukraine or Belarus by a few kilometers. In particular, the monitor with the E-3 Sentry flight task, showing the patrolling area, got into the video.
These areas completely coincide with the available flight tracks by Flightradar24 and are located at the junction of the borders of Poland, Belarus and Ukraine.
The target detection range in the sky of Poland is fully demonstrated by the next frame from the video. It is not the Ukrainian sky on it, however, but the Baltic Sea region and russian Kaliningrad.
In this case, the E-3 Sentry radar range of air and surface targets is at least 800 km. By the way, the exact specifications are secret, only the range of more than 500 km was officially reported.
Also, no one hides the fact that AWACS works in the interests of Ukraine and transmits data about planes, missiles, UAVs and ships directly to the Armed Forces of Ukraine in real time. Moreover, the E-3 Sentry equipment allows to conduct radio reconnaissance, fix and locate russian radars.
"But off-camera, some describe watching Russian radar signatures disappear after being engaged by Ukrainian jets and missiles, earlt warnings too of incoming bombing or missile raids, watching russian troops movements and the exact position of russian warships at sea" - says the journalist. Moreover, one of the AWACS operators told how Ukrainian jets chase russian ones.
"That was cool. They’re fighting back and they’re taking control of the country they love and they’re pushing the russians out," said the U.S. Senior Master Sergeant Alissa.
It is noted that such flights are regular and provide a constant survey of the airspace of Ukraine, and while one AWACS is completing its work, the other is already going to the patrolling area.
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