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AWACS platform to gain mission systems upgrade

16th March 2021 - 13:03 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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Total of 25 USAF E-3 Sentry aircraft to receive avionics overhaul by March 2018.

Collins Aerospace will upgrade avionics equipment on board USAF E-3 Sentry airborne warning and control system (AWACS) aircraft, under a new $16.63 million contract.

As part of the  Diminishing Manufacturing Sources Replacement of Avionics for Global Operations and Navigation (DRAGON) programme, the company will build and deliver B-Kit items, installation and checkout spare items, and software and associated ancillary items. These will be installed on 25 of the 31 E-3 Sentry aircraft in the USAF inventory.

Work will be performed in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, for completion by March 2028.

OEM Boeing is already undertaking a  communications network upgrade for the entire USAF E-3 fleet, to be completed by the end of May 2024.

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