The exercise involved about 100 aircraft, including tanker and airborne early warning aircraft
and ground-based air defense systems.
Another example, not covered in the report but uncovered by "Washington Report," is a French plan to procure two to four E-2C airborne early warning aircraft
from Northrop Grumman in the near future.
The helicopter crew contacted the vessel's skipper by radio and got his position, and an RAF Sentry airborne early warning aircraft
also joined the search, pinpointing the trawler's automatic identification system transmissions.
The Russian Navy's sole carrier, the 58,500-tonne Admiral Kuznetsov, operates 18 Sukhoi Su-33 'Flanker D' air defence fighters and four Su-25 'Frogfoot' ground attack aircraft augmented by 15 Kamov Ka-27 'Helix' anti-submarine and two Ka-31 'Helix' airborne early warning aircraft
. The Indian ship will operate twelve MiG-29 mixed role aircraft and half-a-dozen 'Helix' and, like the Admiral Kuznetsov, will feature an angled flight deck with arrester wires to recover the fixed-wing aircraft.
Airborne early warning aircraft
, long-range radar and other over-the-horizon sensors are there to detect a potential shooter, long before he has a chance to shoot.
Malaysia has issued a request for information for fighters and airborne early warning aircraft
, with a view to placing orders in 2011-15.