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Airborne Warning & Control System

The Boeing AWACS is positioned to provide mission-critical surveillance support as well as assisting military and civilian authorities in coordinating humanitarian relief.

Airborne Warning & Control System

The Boeing Airborne Warning & Control System, or AWACS, operates as an integrated command and control battle management, surveillance, and target detection platform. Operating successfully for decades, the AWACS provides a real-time, accurate picture of the battlespace with its 360-degee rotating radar.

Fleet modernization and technological upgrades have allowed the operational fleet to continue serving the skies with enhanced capabilities.

AWACS provides all-weather and all-terrain surveillance of the battle space, situational awareness of ground force activity, command and control of a desired area, and early warning of enemy actions during joint, allied, and coalition operations.

The Boeing AWACS is positioned to provide mission-critical surveillance support as well as assisting military and civilian authorities in coordinating humanitarian relief.

Technical Specifications

Airframe Span 145 ft, 9 in (44.43 m)
Airframe Length 152 ft, 11 in (46.62 m)
Radome Height 41 ft, 9 in (12.5 m)
Radome Thickness 6 ft (1.8 m)
Radome Diameter 30 ft (9.1 m)
Speed 500 mph (800 kmh)
Ceiling 35,000 ft (10,670 m)
Endurance More than 11 hrs unrefueled
Range More than 5,000 nmi (9,250 km)
Maximum Takeoff Weight 335,000 lbs (151,955 kg)

AWACS Milestones

Inside of an A W A C S cockpit

Boeing Begins Digital Flight Deck Upgrades to NATO Fleet

December 13, 2016 in Defense, Technology

Airborne Warning and Control System upgrades improve efficiency, cost savings and operator awareness

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Top down view of an A W A C S in black and white

Boeing-upgraded French AWACS Take Flight

May 20, 2015 in Defense, Technology

Second modernized aircraft delivered

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Rendering of the flight deck

Boeing to Modernize Flight Deck and Avionics for US and NATO AWACS Fleets

May 23, 2012 in Defense, Technology

$368M contract is 2nd phase of US Air Force and NATO program

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