Boeing

Airborne Early Warning & Control

The Boeing Airborne Early Warning & Control (AEW&C) is a combat-proven weapon system that provides powerful multi-domain surveillance, communications, and networked battle management capabilities, as well as interoperability that multiplies the effectiveness of joint and coalition forces. With the Boeing AEW&C, you can see farther, communicate more effectively, and make faster and more informed decisions to achieve your mission objectives.

Ready for any mission

Capable

A critical enabler to surveillance and air dominance, the AEW&C offers the most advanced, state-of-the-art airborne moving target indicator capability (AMTI) available today.

Based on a Boeing Next-Generation 737, the AEW&C’s radar provides a full 360-degree surveillance capability with sector emphasis and other techniques to dynamically adjust to emerging tactical situations. Sector emphasis extends detection range without the need to fly closer to threat situations.

Fully interoperable, the AEW&C brings battle management to the tactical edge of the battle space. The mission processing capability provides real-time analytics for targeting and processes critical data throughout all phases of threat engagement with little or no latency. Programmable chaff and flares operate as a defensive countermeasure against threats, increasing the aircraft’s survivability.

Available, Reliable and Sustainable

Operating successfully around the globe for more than a decade, the AEW&C is a mature and combat-proven platform, in production and available when called upon. On average, current AEW&C operators experience higher operational availability rates that allow it to spend more time in the skies. Compared to the E-3 AWACS, overall operating costs are estimated to be 66% less, and because the AEW&C has more operational capability, less jets and manpower are needed to deliver the increased capability.

Future Growth

The future battlespace will be more complex, dynamic and unconventional. To be able to defeat advanced threats and accomplish missions, the AEW&C’s Open Mission Systems (OMS) architecture capability is key. In 2020 ground and flight tests, Boeing married the OMS-compliant battle management command and control (BMC2) system to Northrop Grumman’s advanced, wide-band active electronically scanned array (AESA). Customers will have more flexibility to add or upgrade capabilities, select third-party vendors and determine implementation schedules.

AEW&C Feature Stories

7 3 7 Airborne Early Warning and Control flying overhead

AEW&C Open Mission Systems validated in operational environment

November 9, 2020 in Defense, Technology

The Airborne Early Warning & Control (AEW&C) platform took another step forward in the drive toward validating an open mission systems (OMS) approach on this midsize jet-powered aircraft.

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7 3 7 Airborne Early Warning and Control flying in the clouds

The Future is Now: AEW&C demos Open Mission Systems

October 5, 2020 in Defense, Technology

The future battlespace is upon us. It’s more complex. More dynamic. More unconventional. To be able to defeat advanced threats and accomplish missions, military aircraft must have the ability to not only evolve, but evolve quicker than ever.

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Boeing Delivers Final Peace Eagle AEW&C Aircraft to Turkey

December 9, 2015 in Defense, Technology

Turkish fleet reaches full strength with four aircraft and ground support systems

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Peace Eagle A E W and C Aircraft for Turkey by a hanger

Boeing Delivers 3rd Peace Eagle Aircraft to Turkey

September 9, 2014 in Defense, Technology

Airborne Early Warning and Control aircraft bolsters self-defense capabilities

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Final Peace Eagle A E W and C Aircraft flying to Turkey

Boeing Delivers 1st Peace Eagle Aircraft to Turkish Armed Forces

February 10, 2014 in Defense, Technology

Airborne Early Warning and Control provides advanced surveillance and battle management capabilities

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Boeing Defence Australia Takes on Prime Role for Wedgetail Sustainment

July 30, 2013 in Defense, Technology

Boeing Defence Australia (BDA) has taken over prime responsibility for supporting the Royal Australian Air Force E-7A Wedgetail Airborne Early Warning & Control (AEW&C) fleet from Boeing in the U.S

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Boeing's Final Design for Wedgetail AEW&C Airborne Mission Segment Accepted by Australia

December 20, 2012 in Defense, Technology

Acceptance completes acquisition of Airborne Early Warning and Control aircraft and mission systems

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Boeing Delivers Final Peace Eye AEW&C Aircraft to Republic of Korea Air Force

October 31, 2012 in Defense, Technology

Airborne surveillance and battle management capability delivered 5 weeks ahead of schedule in partnership with local industry

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Boeing Delivers Final Wedgetail AEW&C Aircraft to Australia

June 4, 2012 in Defense, Technology

The Boeing Company on May 2 delivered the sixth and final Wedgetail Airborne Early Warning and Control (AEW&C) aircraft to the Royal Australian Air Force

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Joint Force Multiplier

Interoperability multiplies the effectiveness of existing forces.

Chart of capabilities the 7 3 7 airborne early warning and control has

Technical Specifications

Airframe 737-700 increased gross weight (IGW) airframe
Radar Northrop Grumman “MESA” electronically scanned array radar system with 360 degrees/Air and Maritime modes/200 + nmi range/All Weather
IFF 300 nmi
System Architecture Open
Consoles Open
Operational ceiling 41,000 ft
Range 3,500 nmi
Flight Crew 2
Mission Crew 6 to 10

Customers

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    Australia

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    South Korea

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    Turkey

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    United Kingdom