Boe­ing de­liv­ers up­graded French AWACS air­craft


Boe­ing on July 17 de­liv­ered on sched­ule the first of four up­graded French Air­borne Warn­ing and Con­trol Sys­tem (AWACS) air­craft. The up­graded air­craft will in­crease the fleet’s sur­veil­lance, com­mu­ni­ca­tions and bat­tle man­age­ment ca­pa­bil­i­ties.

The mid-life up­grade – the largest set of mod­i­fi­ca­tions to AWACS air­craft for France – will pro­vide the crew with more ac­tion­able in­for­ma­tion and bet­ter sit­u­a­tional aware­ness and in­crease mis­sion ef­fec­tive­ness and ef­fi­cien­cies.

“The fo­cus, com­mit­ment and hard work among Boe­ing, Air France In­dus­tries and French and U.S. govern­ment teams were key in achiev­ing this mile­stone on sched­ule,” said Steve Swanz, French AWACS pro­gramme man­ager for Boe­ing. Mod­i­fi­ca­tions to the other three French AWACS air­craft are sched­uled for com­ple­tion by the third quar­ter of 2016.

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