This is a money saving effort. Canada has been part of the NATO-AWACs program for 25 years.
The Canadian Forces hope to save $90 million a year by pulling out of NATO programs operating unmanned aerial vehicles as well as airborne early warning planes, according to documents obtained by the Ottawa Citizen.
Some retired air force officers have written Prime Minister Stephen Harper's office to protest the decision to withdrawal from the AWACS program. During the Libyan war the AWACS directed fighter aircraft, co-ordinating both attacks and airto-air refuelling operations.
Well, the Warsaw Pact did fall a very long time ago. There are no grand Fulda Gap scenarios. Libya? If they were so interested, Europe should have been able to do this op by themselves.
NATOs main mission these days is to desperately search for a reason to exist.
H/T- Naval Open Source INTelligence