Boe­ing and Air France In­dus­tries com­plete mod­i­fi­ca­tion of French AWACS air­craft

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Boe­ing and Air France In­dus­tries KLM En­gi­neer­ing & Main­te­nance have suc­cess­fully com­pleted the midlife up­grade mod­i­fi­ca­tion on the first of four E-3F air­borne warn­ing and con­trol sys­tem (AWACS) air­craft for the French Air Force. The up­grade is part of a for­eign mil­i­tary sale (FMS) in 2010 be­tween France’s Di­rec­tion Générale de l’Arme­ment (DGA) and the US Govern­ment.

“The suc­cess of this up­grade rests in the out­stand­ing co­op­er­a­tion be­tween Boe­ing and Air France In­dus­tries,” said Yves Gal­land, Pres­i­dent of Boe­ing France “We are look­ing for­ward to con­tinue this suc­cess­ful part­ner­ship to meet the French Air Force’s mil­i­tary needs.”

The air­craft now will un­dergo ground and flight tests at Avord Air Base be­fore be­ing de­liv­ered to the Air Force later this year once qual­i­fied by DGA. The midlife up­grade is the most im­por­tant to date for the French fleet and is mod­elled on the Block 40/45 con­tract de­vel­oped for the US AWACS fleet. SP

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