• Short Summary

    Nato Defence Ministers have approved a two billion (United States) dollar airborne radar defence system designed to reduce the danger of surprise attacks by the Warsaw Pact forces.

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    Nato Defence Ministers have approved a two billion (United States) dollar airborne radar defence system designed to reduce the danger of surprise attacks by the Warsaw Pact forces.

    SYNOPSIS: NATO ministers arrived for the two day meeting, to finalise the project which has caused dissension in NATO for the past three years. The Airborne Warning and Command System, known as ??? is expected to be in operation ??? a main base in West Germany in 1982. The fleet of sixteen to eighteen modified Boeing 707 aircraft will have the capability of checking enemy activities up to three or four hundred miles away, and will give Western Europe an extra fifteen minutes of warning in an air attack. This is the largest single commonly funded programme ever undertaken by the alliance, and the ministers welcomed the significant step towards strengthening NATO defence.

    The cost of the project has kept the German delegation from approving it for the past three years. Their decision now to contribute about thirty percent of the total cost, the second highest contribution next to the United States, tipped the balance in favour of AWACS.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA4MVBRF0R15YL634PAXDL6C72D
    Media URN:
    VLVA4MVBRF0R15YL634PAXDL6C72D
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    06/12/1978
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:10:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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