NATO’s $1 billion investment on AWACS Aircraft to impact air mission planning and support operations


LONDON, England – In keeping with the software development aspects of all areas in Air Mission Planning, new developments with various aircrafts are well on their way in restructuring and modernising air force data management and planning systems.

With that in mind, SMi Group’s Air Mission Planning and Support Conference will be returning to London on the 21st – 22nd April 2020, for its 11th year running. NATO’S investment will call for some interesting insight from key military figures from across the world speaking at the conference, where they will discuss their experience in air mission operations, network-centric capabilities, interoperability, developing cutting edge solutions and many more.

For those interested in attending, there is an early bird saving of £200 for bookings made by 31st January 2020 available at

Jeremy Howard, Senior System Test Officer, NATO AEW&C Programme Management Agency will speak on this matter, with a presentation on ‘Analysing the Uplifts Gained from the NATO AWACS Final Lifetime Extension Programme (FLEP)’ covering:

  • Outlining the new capabilities that will be integrated into E-3A as part of this final modernisation programme that will be delivered in 2026;
  • Improving mission system capabilities to increase operational effectiveness as an MDC2 node;
  • Assessing the role of the E-3A platform in mission planning and execution.

As the only event that offers a holistic agenda, exploring all areas of air mission planning such as: air force data management, multi-domain command and control, anti-access area denial and cyber security, this year’s conference will highlight maximising air power in aircrafts, where delegates can expect to learn from senior representatives in mission systems.


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