January 29, 1992 |
The Bush Administration said Tuesday it has notified Congress that it intends to sell three radar warning planes to Thailand for $382 million. The small E-2C airborne warning and control system planes (AWACS), used to defend U.S. aircraft carrier fleets, are built by Grumman Aerospace Corp. of Bethpage, N.Y. Congress is not expected to raise objections to the sale.
February 12, 1991
At all hours of day and night, E-3 Sentry AWACS (Airborne Warning and Control System) jet transports crammed with sophisticated radar gear operated by highly trained specialists are flying over Saudi Arabia. They serve both as airborne flight controllers for all of the allied sorties and as spotters of enemy aircraft, missile and ships. Radar Modes The 30-foot rotating dome contains two antennas mounted back-to-back: the primary radar antenna and the Identification Friend or Foe (IFF) antenna.
January 17, 1991
The enormous concentration of U.S. weapons in the gulf features some of the world's most advanced airplanes and helicopters. Deployed from land bases and U.S. aircraft carriers in the Persian Gulf region, these aircraft offer allied forces decisive first-strike capabilities. Sensitive targets in Iraq Major Iraqi Air Bases: Irbil, Basra, Habbaniyah, An Nasiriyah, Kirkuk, Mosul, Shu-aiba, H-3, H-2. Major Nuclear Power Plants: Basra, Dibis, Baghdad.
April 27, 1988 |
The Reagan Administration, buoyed by Saudi Arabia's agreement to sign the nuclear non-proliferation treaty, vowed Tuesday to wage a no-holds-barred battle to overcome determined opposition on Capitol Hill to a $450-million sale of military hardware to the Persian Gulf kingdom. State Department spokesman Charles Redman said the proposed sale of ground support equipment for Saudi radar planes is "critical to our policy" in the gulf because the U.S.
November 11, 1987 |
Britain announced Tuesday that it has ordered a seventh U.S.-built AWACS early-warning aircraft, after the cancellation last December of its own equivalent Nimrod project. Defense Secretary George Younger, announcing the move in Parliament, said the AWACS (airborne warning and control system), built by the Boeing Co., will increase the country's ability to detect and monitor the approach of aircraft or missiles.
June 20, 1987 |
The United States and Saudi Arabia are nearing an agreement to extend the radar surveillance of Saudi AWACS planes to the entire Persian Gulf to help U.S. forces protect shipping there, State Department officials said Friday. Department spokesman Phyllis Oakley confirmed that negotiations are "going smoothly, and we believe that we and the Saudis will work out a favorable arrangement very soon."