RADAR UP­GRADE FOR SAUDI ARA­BIA’S AWACS FLEET

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Boe­ing has com­pleted a series of up­grades that sub­stan­tially en­hance the tech­no­log­i­cal ca­pa­bil­i­ties of Saudi Ara­bia’s E-3A Air­borne Warn­ing and Con­trol Sys­tem (AWACS) air­craft. Among the en­hance­ments to im­prove radar ca­pa­bil­i­ties and re­duce re­pair time for the air­borne sur­veil­lance fleet, are sys­tems that in­crease the orig­i­nal equip­ment’s radar sen­si­tiv­ity and ex­pand the range for track­ing tar­gets. The up­grades, called the Radar Sys­tem Im­prove­ment Pro­gramme (RSIP), com­prise a new radar com­puter, a radar con­trol main­te­nance panel and elec­tri­cal and me­chan­i­cal soft­ware and hard­ware. Boe­ing engi­neers and tech­ni­cians per­formed the in­stal­la­tion and check­out of the first up­graded air­craft in the United States. The re­main­ing air­craft were mod­i­fied in Saudi Ara­bia with sup­port of Boe­ing engi­neers, tech­ni­cians and a test and eval­u­a­tion team. The RSIP kit is built by Northrop Grum­man Elec­tronic Sys­tems and has been in­stalled on US, UK, NATO and French AWACS fleets.

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