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Marshall prepares for E-7 Wedgetail work

22nd July 2019 - 15:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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Marshall Aerospace and Defence will commence preparatory work for the E-7 Wedgetail Airborne Early Warning & Control (AEW&C) programme under a contract with Boeing.

The risk reduction contract facilitates Boeing’s selection of Marshall to undertake the complex aircraft modification work to build five E-7 aircraft for the Royal Air Force (RAF) from 2021. The subsequent programme of work is being discussed between the companies, and will be announced in due course.

The programme will Marshall turn 737 Next-Generation aircraft into E-7s, outfitting the aircraft with the Northrop Grumman Multi-role Electronically Scanned Array surveillance radar, communication and mission computer systems.

The E-7 will provide the RAF with a modern airborne battle management capability, enabling situational awareness and the tracking of multiple airborne and maritime targets simultaneously. The aircraft has a surveillance coverage of four million square kilometers over a single ten-hour flight period.

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