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