Following on the incident that took place on July 19th between an EP-3 Aries II ELINT/SIGINT platform and venezuelan Su-30MK2s , the United States Air Force in agreement with the Kingdom of the Netherlands, is to deploy an E-3 "Sentry" AWACS platform, to support counter-drug operations in Curacao.
Its no surprise that what happened this Friday triggered a number of actions, one of which is this deployment. Actually any counternarcotics operation won't name directly Venezuelan leaders and their alleged links with drug cartels, but the E-3 also is to provide an early warning capability over the Caribbean Sea and venezuelan airspace with its AN/APY-2 long range early warning radar for both surface ships and aircraft.
The U.S. is increasing the pressure on the venezuelan government, as much as Russia if beefing up its support. Let's hope this doesn't escalate any further.