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Japan’s AWACS fleet to receive upgrades

23rd May 2018 - 07:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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The US Air Force (USAF) Life Cycle Management Center has awarded a $208 million contract to Boeing to upgrade the Japan Air Self Defense Force’s (JASDF) E-767 AWACS aircraft, the USAF announced on 18 May.

Under the contract, Boeing Defense, Space & Security will carry out the installation and checkout of enhanced mission computing capability, electronic support measures, traffic alert and collision avoidance system, next-generation identification friend or foe interrogator and data link upgrades for the Japanese fleet.

Boeing will also provide spare and repair parts, personnel training and training equipment and technical support and other related elements of programme support.

A USAF release stated that the upgrades will provide Japanese AWACS better interoperability with US systems and improve their command and control capability. The upgrade will also improve the current Japanese AWACS mission sustainment, training and ground support operations.

First delivery under the contract is expected in late 2019.

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