Boeing to Provide UK with Five E-7 Airborne Early Warning and Control Aircraft
- Contract supports several hundred highly skilled aerospace jobs in the UK
- The RAF joins well-established consortium of operators flying E-7
LONDON, March 22, 2019 - The United Kingdom’s Ministry of Defence (MoD) today announced its selection of Boeing [NYSE: BA] to provide five E-7 Airborne Early Warning and Control (AEW&C) aircraft to the Royal Air Force.
The contract is expected to sustain several hundred highly skilled aerospace jobs throughout Boeing’s UK supply chain. Much of the work will be done at Marshall Aerospace and Defence Group in Cambridge.
The E-7 is the only proven solution available for modernising the UK’s airborne battle management fleet, providing the UK taxpayer with the lowest risk, most affordable option for meeting the nation’s urgent operational need to detect aircraft, ships and vehicles at long range and to command and control airspace.
Its advanced radar and 10 state-of-the-art mission crew consoles can track airborne and maritime targets simultaneously. The battle management capabilities allow mission crew to direct offensive and defensive forces while maintaining continuous surveillance of an operational area.
“The E-7 is the world’s most advanced, capable and reliable command-and-control aircraft, and it is demonstrating its value around the world every day,” said Anna Keeling, managing director of Boeing Defence UK. “It will provide the RAF with a combat-proven capability that is both low risk and unmatched.”
Boeing’s command-and-control aircraft expertise began in 1977, when it first modified a 707 aircraft for the United States. With the E-7, the RAF will join an AEW&C fleet in operation around the world with the Royal Australian Air Force, Turkish Air Force and Republic of Korea Air Force.
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