Boe­ing’s de­sign for Wed­getail AEW&C air­borne mis­sion seg­ment ac­cepted by Aus­tralia

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Aus­tralia has com­pleted its ac­qui­si­tion of six Boe­ing 737 air­borne early warn­ing and con­trol (AEW&C) air­craft and re­lated mis­sion sys­tems by ac­cept­ing the fi­nal de­sign of the Wed­getail air­borne mis­sion seg­ment. The Royal Aus­tralian Air Force (RAAF) op­er­ates the air­craft, which pro­vide Aus­tralia with ad­vanced air­borne sur­veil­lance, com­mu­ni­ca­tions and bat­tle man­age­ment.

“Aus­tralia has worked closely with Boe­ing and its in­dus­try part­ners to de­liver a world-class air­borne early warn­ing and con­trol ca­pa­bil­ity,” said Air Vice Mar­shal Chris Dee­ble, Wed­getail Pro­gramme Man­ager, De­fence Ma­teriel Or­gan­i­sa­tion. “The per­for­mance of the Wed­getail in re­cent high­end coali­tion ex­er­cises in­di­cates that we are de­liv­er­ing a cut­ting-edge warfight­ing ca­pa­bil­ity to the RAAF.”

Be­sides six AEW&C air­craft, the Wed­getail pro­gramme also in­cludes ground sup­port seg­ments such as the op­er­a­tional flight trainer, op­er­a­tional mis­sion sim­u­la­tor and mis­sion sup­port sys­tem. All are lo­cated in the AEW&C Sup­port Cen­tre at RAAF Base Wil­liamtown in New­cas­tle.

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