The Airborne Warning and Control System AWACS provides a highly mobile, flexible, survivable theater Battle Management BM, Wide Area Surveillance, and Command and Control C2 capability. It is capable of detecting, identifying, and tracking airborne and maritime targets at extended ranges as well as identifying airground emitters. AWACS can relay big picture information to C2 agencies and friendly aircraft. AWACS provides worldwide response to situations requiringimmediate on-scene C2BM using embedded real-time surveillance for employment of US and allied combat air forces. AWACS is critical to gaining and maintaining battle-space air superiority. AWACS coordinates with both tactical and C2 assets in theater to execute the air mission.