Boeing has unveiled its Boeing Business Jet (BBJ) based contender for Australia's Project Wedgetail airborne early warning requirement. The competition is also being contested by Raytheon and Lockheed Martin.

The BBJ (combining the fuselage of the 737-700 and the wing of the 737-800), with a mock-up of the 7m-long Northrop Grumman synthetic aperture MESA radar, a suite of operator consoles and equipment cabinets, was shown to Australian defence department officials in Seattle recently.

The airframe also has a mock-up inflight refuelling probe and electronic warfare and countermeasures sensors.

Source: Flight International