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  • Australia prepares for further delay to Wedgetail project

    News | 26 Nov 2008 12:09 | Emma Kelly

    <P>The Australian government, the <A href="">Royal&nbsp;Australian Air Force</A>, the <A href="">Defence&nbsp;Materiel Organisation </A>and Boeing held a summit in Canberra in late November to address growing concerns with the nation's <A href="">737</A>-based <A href="">Wedgetail&nbsp;airborne early warning and control programme </A>after it emerged that first deliveries are likely to slip again.</P> <P>The programme is already running over two years late, and problems with the Northrop Grumman multirole electronically scanned array radar and <A href="">BAE&nbsp;Systems Australia </A>electronic support measures package are pushing first deliveries back to July 2009. </P> <P><A href=";jsessionid=BE90BA71948E79AF19BC7388AC
  • PICTURE: Boeing flies first Wedgetail AEW&C modified in Australia

    News | 25 Jan 2008 13:00 | Graham Warwick

    <P>Boeing has flown the first <A href="" target=_blank>737&nbsp;airborne early warning and control (AEW&amp;C)</A> aircraft modified in Australia under Project Wedgetail. The aircraft completed a 2.5h functional check flight from RAAF Amberley on 23 January.</P> <P>The third of six 737 AEW&amp;Cs for Australia, the aircraft will complete a second check flight before being flown to Seattle on 31 January to join the first two aircraft in the development test programme.</P> <P>The aircraft was modified at Amberley by <A href="" target=_blank>Boeing&nbsp;Australia</A>, including installation of the mission equipment, <A href="" target=_blank>Northrop&nbsp;Grumman MESA</A> electronically scanned array surveillance radar and ventral fins.</P> <P><IMG style="WIDTH: 450px; HEIGHT: 256px" alt="" src="../assets/getAsset.aspx?ItemID=21244" border=0
  • PICTURE: Boeing flies first modified 737 surveillance aircraft for Turkey

    News | 10 Sep 2007 14:04 | Craig Hoyle

    <P>Turkey’s delayed “Peace Eagle” airborne early warning and control aircraft project has received a welcome boost, with the nation’s first of four <A href="">modified&nbsp;737</A> airliners having performed its flight debut earlier this month.</P> <P>Conducted from Boeing’s Seattle Field site in Washington, the 2.5h debut included “a series of functional tests that verified the airworthiness of the aircraft’s systems and structures,” the company says. Key modifications to the 737-700 airframe include the addition of a <A href="">Northrop&nbsp;Grumman Mesa</A> active electronically scanned array radar in a radome mounted above the fuselage.</P> <P align=center> <TABLE style="WIDTH: 445px" cellSpacing=0 cellPadding=0 border=0> <TBODY> <TR> <TH><IMG style="WIDTH: 445px; HEIGHT: 275px" alt="" src="../assets/getAsset.aspx?ItemID=19288" border=0>&nbsp;</TH></TR> <
  • Boeing confirms fresh delay to Turkey’s 737 AEW&C project

    News | 25 May 2007 11:49

    <P>Deliveries under the Turkish air force’s “Peace Eagle” airborne early warning and control system project have been further delayed until 2010 due to software and equipment issues with the <A href="">modified&nbsp;Boeing 737-700</A> aircraft.</P> <P>“Upgrading the sensors is going more slowly than expected,” says Maureen Dougherty, Boeing’s vice-president for the 737 AEW&amp;C project. “To increase the performance, the software and the equipment will be modified,” she said before this week’s International Defence Industry Fair (IDEF) in Ankara.</P> <P>Turkey’s first of four AEW&amp;C aircraft is now being prepared at Boeing’s Seattle plant in the USA ahead of flight testing from September, with the nation’s remaining airframes undergoing modification at <A href="">Turkish&nbsp;Aerospace Industries’ </A>Akinci facility near Ankara. The first of these will fly in early 2008.</P> <P>Boeing – which had contract
  • Picture: Boeing installs MESA antenna on first 737-700 Peace Eagle airborne early warning aircraft

    News | 08 Mar 2006 09:29

    <P><BR>Boeing has installed a multi-role electronically scanned array (MESA) antenna on the first of four 737-700s for the Turkish air force's Peace Eagle airborne early warning and control (AEW&amp;C) programme (pictured below).<BR><BR>The Northrop Grumman-built MESA antenna is the critical sensor aboard the aircraft. The radar is able to track airborne and maritime targets simultaneously. The antenna is 10.75m (35ft 6in), 3.3m high and weighs more than 3t. <BR><BR>Delivery of the four Peace Eagle AEW&amp;C aircraft is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2008.<BR><BR></P> <P align=center><IMG height=297 alt="Boeing 737-700 AEWC w445" hspace=2 src="../assets/getAsset.aspx?ItemID=11862" width=445 vspace=2 border=1></P> <P><BR></P>
  • Lockheed Martin chases Phalcon

    News | 08 Jan 1997 00:00

    <p>LOCKHEED MARTIN is evaluating offering the Israeli Elta Phalcon phased-array radar on the airborne-early-warning (AEW) derivative of its C-130J Hercules 2 transport. The US company has applied for an export licence allowing it to discuss the AEWC-130J with Elta and hopes to begin talks within the next three to four months. </p> <p>Lockheed Martin sees Israel as a potential market for a Phalcon-equipped C-130J within the next two to three years, but is also working to offer the AEW derivative with a choice of sensors to meet the needs of different countries. Among potential customers for an Elta-equipped aircraft is Turkey, which has close ties with Israel. </p> <p>Lockheed Martin says that it is developing with Northrop Grumman a core mission system which will work with different radars. The baseline is the Lockheed Martin APS-145 system fitted to the Northrop Grumman E-2C. Australia has shortlisted the APS-145-equipped C-130J to meet its AEW requirement, but South Korea rejected