From Xinhua: Czech airspace will be guarded by radar planes of NATO forces starting next January, as the government on Monday approved the country’s accession to NATO’s E-3A AWACS system of airborne warning and control, according to a cabinet press release.

The Ministry of Defense will pay 290,000 euros a year to join the program of sixteen countries jointly monitoring air traffic over their territories and keeping watch over possible intruders. (photo: NATO)