Boeing recently announced the signing of a $1.59bn contract to provide four 737 airborne early warning and control (AEW&C) systems for
Boeing will also provide ground support segments for flight and mission crew training, mission support and aircraft and system modification support.
Delivery of the first 737 AEW&C aircraft is scheduled for 2011. The remaining three aircraft are scheduled for delivery in 2012.
Northrop Grumman Electronic Systems will provide a Multi-role Electronically Scanned Array (MESA) radar, the critical sensor on board the 737 AEW&C. According to Boeing, the
Korean Aerospace Industries (KAI) will perform aircraft modification and mission equipment modification and checkout. Modification of the first aircraft will take place at a Boeing facility. KAI will modify the remaining aircraft in
Boeing has sold 10 737 AEW&C aircraft to date: six for
The first Wedgetail aircraft successfully completed an aircraft performance and flight handling test program in 2005. Additionally, airborne radar testing is under way on the second Wedgetail at Boeing facilities in
Turkey’s first Peace Eagle aircraft is undergoing modifications at Boeing facilities in Seattle, while TUSAS Aerospace Industries is modifying Peace Eagle aircraft numbers two and three in Ankara, Turkey.