Australia To Upgrade E-7A Wedgetail AEW &C For $443 Million

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Australia To Upgrade E-7A Wedgetail AEW &C For $443 Million
An E-7A Wedgetail airborne command and control aircraft departs RAAF Base Williamtown on a training mission during Exercise Diamond Shield (Image: RAAF)

The Australian Government will upgrade the Royal Australian Air Force’s (RAAF) E-7A Wedgetail airborne early warning and control capability for AUD582.5 million (US$443 million).

The press release said “the aircraft will be upgraded with new and more advanced combat identification sensors, tactical data links and communication and encryption systems.”

“The upgrades are an important step in maintaining a potent Australia air combat force and will ensure continued interoperability with Australian allies including the United States and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation members,” Minister for Defense, Marise Payne added.

The work is set to be completed by mid-2022.

Minister for Defence Senator the Hon Marise Payne said, “The Wedgetail is a modified Boeing 737-700, with the addition of advanced Multi-Role Electronically Scanned Array (MESA) radar and 10 mission crew consoles. It is one of the most advanced pieces of aerospace technology in the Australian Defence Force.”

Payne said the aircraft will be upgraded with new and more advanced combat identification sensors, tactical data links and communication and encryption systems.

“The upgrades are an important step in maintaining a potent Australia air combat force and will ensure continued interoperability with Australian allies including the United States and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation members,’’ Payne said.

“The Wedgetail is currently deployed to the Middle East region as part of our contribution to the fight against Daesh. It is a mobile radar and battle space management system that is keeping the international coalition one step ahead of the enemy.”

“The Wedgetail has achieved outstanding results completing over 350 missions and flying more than 4400 hours with our coalition partners on Operation OKRA.”

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