Boeing delivers Wedgetail to Australia

June 7, 2012 at 11:25 AM
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SEATTLE, June 7 (UPI) -- The sixth and final Wedgetail Airborne Early Warning and Control aircraft produced by Boeing for the Australian air force has been delivered.

Boeing said it has also delivered all ground segment components to the air force base Williamtown, in Newcastle. Australia, to support the Wedgetail fleet.

"Delivering the last aircraft into the Wedgetail fleet is the result of hard work, dedication and collaboration by the Boeing-led team and our Australian customer in bringing this powerful air battle management system -- the first of its type -- to the RAAF," said Rick Heerdt, AEW&C vice president for Boeing.

"Through the Australia-based Wedgetail One Team, Boeing is working together with the RAAF AEW&C System Program Office and No. 42 Wing to provide the best value-for-money engineering, maintenance, training and supply support and the highest levels of aircraft availability to meet the RAAF's operational needs."

The Wedgetail AEW&C aircraft is based on the Boeing 737-700 commercial airplane. It provides battle management capability through the use of multi-role electronically scanned radar and 10 mission crew consoles can track airborne and maritime targets simultaneously.

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