Multi-Billion-Pound Deal for AEW&C Aircraft

Multi-Billion-Pound Deal for AEW&C Aircraft 23 March, 2019

The UK has signed for five Boeing E-7 Airborne Early Warning and Control (AEW&C) aircraft for USD1.98 billion, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced on 22 March.

The E-7 fleet will replace the Royal Air Force's (RAF's) six Boeing E-3D Sentry AEW1 aircraft.

Unlike the mechanically-scanned radar of the E-3D Sentry, the E-737 AEW&C is built around a multirole electronically scanned array (MESA) radar that provides a 360° coverage at ranges in excess of 322 km for aerial targets and 241 km for patrol boat-sized surface contacts.

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