A Boeing E3 aircraft configured as a NATO AWACS platform is shown in flight
  • Project: NATO AWACS
  • Component: Airborne Mission System
  • Contractor: Kongsberg Defence Systems
  • Locations: Netherlands, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Luxembourg, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Spain, Turkey, United States of America
  • Description: Airborne Mission Console Display powered by TerraLens Core
NATO AWACS locations


NATO’s Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS) surveillance aircraft feature radars and other sensors which cover over 120,000 square miles. This wide range results in a massive amount of information that must be displayed and presented, and places significant requirements on both the system performance and architecture.

One of the most critical requirements for NATO AWACS is the ability to manage over ten thousand items simultaneously while maintaining ease of use. Kongsberg Geospatial was chosen as a result of our proven capability to develop reliable and high performance Human Machine Interface (HMI) solutions.

Kongsberg Geospatial’s software solution presents complex and dynamic information in a way that is easy to understand and which allows operators to maintain a full overview of the area of responsibility. Crew members are able to access information and identify threats in real time, providing valuable surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities.

NATO AWACS can track and identify aircraft operating at low altitudes (below ground radar coverage) as well as maritime targets when over water. It has been used in a variety of complex tactical missions, such as providing support to maritime operations, law enforcement, airspace management, combat search and rescue, and disaster relief.

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