Boeing has won a $133 million contract to upgrade the radar system of France’s fleet of four E-3 AWACS aircraft. The upgrade will reportedly bring the French surveillance radar capability up to the same standards as their NATO allies.
‘The Radar System Improvement Program (RSIP) improves the AWACS radar by increasing its sensitivity, boosting the electronic counter-countermeasures capability and improving its reliability,’ said Mike Brewer, Boeing French AWACS program manager.
Boeing, as primary contractor and systems integrator, will ship the modification kits to Air France Industries (AFI) beginning in the spring of 2004. AFI, under a subcontract with Boeing, will perform the installation and testing at its facility in Le Bourget, France.
Installation is scheduled to be completed in 2006. Boeing will flight-test the upgraded aircraft at the French AWACS Main Operating Base in Avord, France.
The RSIP kits, built principally by Northrop Grumman Electronic Systems, under subcontract with Boeing, consist of a new radar computer, radar control maintenance panel and software upgrades to the radar and mission system programs.
RSIP modifications have already been performed on the United States, United Kingdom and NATO AWACS fleets.