Boeing delivers final upgraded AWACS to NATO
Boeing has delivered the final E-3A Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS) aircraft upgraded with avionics and a digital cockpit to NATO in Manching, Germany, the company announced on 18 December.
This delivery is the final of 14 E-3A aircraft upgraded by Boeing as part of a $257 million modification effort. The first AWACS was upgraded at Boeing facilities in Seattle and was delivered to NATO in November 2016. The remaining 13 aircraft underwent modernisation work in Manching.
The upgrades include five full-colour digital displays in each aircraft, replacing 1970’s-era dials and providing crew members with customisable engine, navigation and radar data. These digital capabilities also allow NATO to consolidate crew responsibilities.
NATO’s AWACS fleet is the alliance’s first integrated, multinational flying unit, providing rapid deployment, airborne surveillance and C2 for NATO operations.
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