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Boeing signs new E-7A Wedgetail agreement

2nd October 2018 - 06:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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Boeing has signed a new agreement that allows for upgrades and sustainment for the life of the Royal Australian Air Force’s fleet of six E-7A Wedgetail aircraft into 2035, the company announced on 28 September.

The agreement consolidates the existing Wedgetail In-Service Support and Project AIR 5077 Phase 5A contracts. Lifecycle upgrades and sustainment for the E-7A Wedgetail is valued at more than AUD$1.5 billion.

The E-7A Wedgetail aircraft is based on a Boeing 737-700, with an advanced multi-role electronically scanned array radar and ten advanced mission crew consoles which can track airborne and maritime targets simultaneously. The aircraft provides airborne surveillance, communications and battle management.

Air Vice-Marshal Catherine Roberts, head of Aerospace Systems Division, RAAF, said: ‘This agreement and the award of the in-service support contract extension acknowledges the continued excellent performance and partnering relationship between Boeing Defence Australia and the Australian Department of Defence. It is an important step in meeting our first principles review reform priorities while continuing to deliver world-leading fifth generation air force capability.’

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