Boeing has received a contract modification to continue and complete the Mid-Term Modernisation Program, a major upgrade to NATO’s fleet of 17 AWACS aircraft.
The agreement, which is said to increase the value of the Mid-Term contract to more than $1.3 billion, was awarded by the Electronic Systems Center (ESC), Hanscom Air Force Base, Massachusetts. ESC acted as the agent for the NATO Airborne Early Warning Programme Management Agency in Brunssum, Netherlands.
Under the contract modification, additional work packages will provide engineering and development to integrate new commercial-off-the-shelf electronics and computing systems, as well as an option for the production and retrofit program.
The Mid-Term Program enhancements include five new operator consoles; a new mission computing system implementing advanced Multi-Sensor Integration, which will improve the reliability and accuracy of target tracking and identification; and upgraded aircraft navigation that takes advantage of a new Global Positioning System.