South Korea receives final Peace Eye plane

Oct. 31, 2012 at 4:28 PM
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GIMHAE, South Korea, Oct. 31 (UPI) -- The South Korean air force has received the fourth and final 737-based Airborne Early Warning and Control aircraft from Boeing.

The aircraft had been modified for specific requirements of the air force by Korea Aerospace Industries, which also supported testing of the Boeing Peace Eye aircraft.

"We delivered five weeks ahead of schedule thanks to the hard work, focus and close collaboration among the (South Korea air force), Korea's Defense Acquisition Program Administration, Boeing and our in-country suppliers," said Rick Heerdt, Boeing vice president of Airborne Surveillance, Command and Control.

"Throughout the program, KAI demonstrated its outstanding technical capability and modification experience in delivering this powerful airborne surveillance and battle management capability that enhances the security of the Korean Peninsula."

The Peace Eye AEW&C aircraft is designed to provide airborne battle management capability. It features an advanced, multirole electronically scanned radar and 10 state-of-the-art crew consoles than can simultaneously track airborne and maritime targets.

Boeing, which is supplying on-site technical support and training for the aircraft, said other contributors to the program for South Korea include Korean Air Aerospace Division, LIG Nex1, Samsung Thales, Boeing Training Services Korea and Huneed Technologies.

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