Turkey has recently signed a $1 billion-plus contract with Boeing for the design and development of a 737 Airborne Early Warning & Control (AEW&C) system.
The international Boeing-led team responsible for the program includes Northrop Grumman Electronic Systems and several Turkish companies including TAI and Havelsan.
The contract is said to call for four 737 AEW&C aircraft plus a ground support segment for mission crew training, mission support and system maintenance support.
The US State Department and Congress must now approve the contract, which could take several months. Following that, efforts will focus on the design for the radar, communications systems and the aircraft subsystem.
The Boeing AEW&C system is said to combine the high-performance 737-700 increased gross weight aircraft with Northrop Grumman’s Multi-role Electronically Scanned Array (MESA) radar with integrated identification friend or foe capabilities.
The Turkey 737 AEW&C airborne system contains a mission computing subsystem featuring a flexible, open-system architecture, and includes a Turkish-built electronic support measures subsystem and an extensive communications suite.