BUCHAREST, March 11 A NATO E-3A AWACS plane will
fly over Romanian airspace as part of a planned exercise on
Tuesday, Romania's defence ministry said.
NATO had said AWACS (airborne early warning and control)
planes will fly from their home airbases in Geilenkirchen,
Germany, and Waddington in Britain.
The Romanian ministry said AWACS planes fly at an altitude
of 9,000 metres (5.6 miles), their radar can survey an area of
up to 312,000 square kilometres and can detect low-flying
The NATO alliance said on Monday it will start
reconnaissance flights over Poland and Romania to monitor the
situation in neighbouring Ukraine where Russian forces have
taken control of Crimea.
Ukraine is not a NATO member but Russia's intervention in
Crimea has alarmed neighbouring countries, including alliance
members that used to be dominated by the Soviet Union.
(Reporting by Radu Marinas)