NATO announced Wednesday that it is enhancing its surveillance operation in the central Mediterranean region by increasing the operating capability of NATO AWACS aircraft to 24 hours a day.
This decision to increase the air surveillance in the Mediterranean has been taken this week by the 28 Permanent Representatives of the North Atlantic Council, who remain concerned over the situation in Libya, said the Alliance in a statement.
“We have extended surveillance in the Mediterranean. Having our AWACs monitoring the situation 24/7, will provide us with a better picture of what is going on and of course this improved picture is a prerequisite for evaluating the situation accurately”, NATO Secretary General, Anders Fogh Rasmussen, said in press statements.
This enhanced mission is expected to achieve its 24/7 capability this week, as aircraft move to their forward operating base in Italy.
The NATO AWACS aircraft will not be required to fly into Libyan airspace to monitor air activity given that the range of its radar is several hundred kilometres, added the statement.