The Boeing E-7 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. The Boeing E-7 AEW&C, has proven itself around the world, it can see farther, communicate more effectively, and make faster and more informed decisions to achieve mission objectives.
Improved Advanced Early Warning Aircraft Capabilities
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Tactical Battle Management Based on a Boeing Next-Generation 737
E-7 is a Joint Force Multiplier
Interoperability multiplies the effectiveness of existing forces
A critical enabler to surveillance and air dominance, the E-7 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 E-7 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 E-7 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.
Operating around the globe the Boeing AEW&C is available, reliable and sustainable
Operating successfully around the globe for more than a decade, the E-7 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 E-7 AEW&C has more operational capability, less jets and manpower are needed to deliver the increased capability.
Open mission systems – designed for future growth
The future battlespace will be more complex, dynamic and unconventional. To be able to defeat advanced threats and accomplish missions, the E-7 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.
E-7 Airborne Early Warning and Control Feature Stories
Boeing recently conducted a virtual demo from its Joint All Domain Command and Control (JADC2) Lab that successfully combined data from different sources for multiple platforms across domains to create a common operating picture.
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.
Northrop Grumman “MESA” electronically scanned array radar system with 360 degrees/Air and Maritime modes/200 + nmi range/All Weather
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Boeing E-7 AEW&C Customers
The global E-7 fleet includes 14 operational aircraft that have a
maximum unfueled flight time of about 9 hours and a range of 3,000
The Republic of Korea Air Force,
Royal Australian Air Force, Turkish Air Force, and soon the
Royal Air Force, utilize the E-7 and its proven next generation airborne
surveillance, communication and battle management capabilities.
Throughout its history, the E-3 Airborne Warning and Control System
(AWACS) fleet has undergone extensive enhancements, including
upgrades to radar, computing, satellite communications and air
The first E-3 entered U.S Air Force service in 1977, preceded by
more than 10 years of competitive fly-offs, prototype design and
development. Thirty-four U.S. AWACS aircraft were delivered to the
Air Force, the last in 1984.