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Boeing E-7 Wedgetail

Airborne Early Warning and Control (AEW&C) Aircraft

Boeing E-7 Wedgetail

Airborne Early Warning and Control (AEW&C) Aircraft

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Overview



The Boeing E-7 Wedgetail AEW platform is built on the existing framework of the Boeing 737-700 airliner and extensively modified to suite its intended role.
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ORIGIN: Australia
YEAR: 2009
STATUS: Active, In-Service
MANUFACTURER(S): Boeing Australia - Australia
PRODUCTION: 14
OPERATORS: Australia; South Korea; Turkey; United Kingdom
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Technical Specifications



Unless otherwise noted the presented statistics below pertain to the Boeing E-7A Wedgetail model. Common measurements, and their respective conversions, are shown when possible.
CREW: 12
POWER: 2 x CFM International CFM56-7 (CFM56-7B27A) turbofan engines developing 27,300lb of thrust each.
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Variants / Models



• E-7 "Wedgetail" - Base Series Designation
• E-7A "Wedgetail" - RAAF designation
• "Peace Eagle" - Turkish Air Force designation
• "Peace Eye" South Korean Air Force designation


History



Detailing the development and operational history of the Boeing E-7 Wedgetail Airborne Early Warning and Control (AEW&C) Aircraft.  Entry last updated on 5/15/2019. Authored by Staff Writer. Content ©www.MilitaryFactory.com.
The Boeing E-7A "Wedgetail" serves several modern air powers of the world in the Airborne Early Warning and Control (AEW&C) role, helping to manage active battle spaces (at the tactical level) while having the capability to scan some millions of square miles of terrain in a single sortie. The aircraft, developed under "Project Wedgetail" for the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF), is built upon the existing proven framework of the Boeing 737-700 (Next Generation), a twin-engine narrow-body commercial passenger airliner introduced in 1968. Fully modernized, this aircraft is further outfitted with advanced electronics and systems for the AEW&C role.

After achieving a first-flight in 2004, the E-7A was introduced into service with the RAAF during 2009. A total of fourteen aircraft of the series have been built to date (2017) and these are actively operated by the RAAF, the Turkish Air Force (as the "Peace Eagle") and the Rebublic of Korean Air Force (South Korea) (as the "Peace Eye").

Seated over the dorsal aft spine of the aircraft is the Northrop Grumman Multirole, Electronically-Scanned Array (MESA) radar system which allows for simultaneous tracking and scanning of multiple airborne and ground targets, this information being made available to air and ground commanders. The radar system is affixed atop its mounting structure ahead of the tail fin and is static (non-rotating). With this equipment giving the platform an inherent capability unavailable to traditional combat aircraft, the aircraft can serve all branches of a given military as its "eyes in the skies". Beyond communication with other like-aircraft, the platform is also seamlessly integrated into the existing communications pipelines allowing coordination with interceptors, strike aircraft and aerial tankers. Beyond its given military roles, the aircraft is also valuable in the Search and Rescue (SAR) role when scanning vast amounts of ocean terrain is needed. Internally, the passenger section showcases ten crew consoles and can sustain mission flights up to ten hours in duration. A base operating crew is two pilots while mission specialists and electronics analysts manage the onboard equipment.




The aircraft sports an overall length of 110.3 feet, a height of 41.1 feet and a wingspan of 117 feet. Empty weight is 102,750lb against an MTOW of 171,000lb. Power is from 2 x CFM International CFM56-7B27A turbofan engines developing 27,000lb of thrust each. Performance includes a cruising speed of 530 miles per hour, a range out to 3,500 nautical miles and a service ceiling up to 41,000 feet.

The RAAF originally ordered four Wedgetails with an option for a further three and the first examples arrived in 2006. Two of the option aircraft have since been acted on. Though continuously delayed, some six operate with the service out of RAAF Base Williamtown. The first combat-related sortie for RAAF Wedgetails was in October of 2014 over Iraq against elements of ISIS (Islamic State). Official Final Operational Capability (FOC) was granted for the fleet in May of 2015.

The Turkish Air Force recognizes the E-7A Wedgetail under the "Peace Eagle" name and is detailed elsewhere on this site. Four such aircraft make up its active fleet (2017).

South Korea ordered four Wedgetails for delivery in 2012 under the name of "Peace Eye". The first arrived in August of 2011 and the last delivered in 2012.




Program Updates

September 2018 - The British Ministry of Defense is contemplating the purchase of the E-7 Wedgetail to succeed its aging fleet of E-3 Sentry platforms. Six E-3D models are currently in service though maintenance issues limit the availability of the fleet in number.

March 2019 - The United Kingdom Ministry of Defence (MoD) has moved to acquire five Boeing E-7 Airborne Early Waring & Control (AEW&C) aircraft (based on the Boeing Model 737 jet airliner). The type will be used to succeed and aging line of Boeing E-3D "Sentry" platforms based on the Boeing Model 707 jet airliner.

May 2019 - The Royal Air Force will receive two (of its planned five) E-7 Wedgetail aircraft for the AEW&C role converted directly from exiting commercial airliners.
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Hi: 750mph
Lo: 375mph
This entry's maximum listed speed (593mph).

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Unit Production (14)
Comm. Market HI*: 44,000 units
Military Market HI**: 36,183 units
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  * Commercial Market High belongs to Cessna 172.

  ** Military Market High belongs to Ilyushin Il-2.


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Supported Roles
A2A
Interception
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A2A=Air-to-Air; UAV=Unmanned; CAS=Close Support; ASW=Anti-Submarine; AEW=Airborne Early Warning; MEDEVAC=Medical Evac; EW=Electronic Warfare; SAR=Search-Rescue
Commitments / Honors
Military lapel ribbon for Operation Allied Force
Military lapel ribbon for the Arab-Israeli War
Military lapel ribbon for the Battle of Britain
Military lapel ribbon for the Battle of Midway
Military lapel ribbon for the Berlin Airlift
Military lapel ribbon for the Chaco War
Military lapel ribbon for the Cold War
Military lapel ribbon for the Cuban Missile Crisis
Military lapel ribbon for pioneering aircraft
Military lapel ribbon for the Falklands War
Military lapel ribbon for the French-Indochina War
Military lapel ribbon for the Golden Age of Flight
Military lapel ribbon for the 1991 Gulf War
Military lapel ribbon for the Indo-Pak Wars
Military lapel ribbon for the Iran-Iraq War
Military lapel ribbon for the Korean War
Military lapel ribbon for the 1982 Lebanon War
Military lapel ribbon for the Malayan Emergency
Military lapel ribbon representing modern aircraft
Military lapel ribbon for the attack on Pearl Harbor
Military lapel ribbon for the Six Day War
Military lapel ribbon for the Soviet-Afghan War
Military lapel ribbon for the Spanish Civil War
Military lapel ribbon for the Suez Crisis
Military lapel ribbon for the Vietnam War
Military lapel ribbon for Warsaw Pact of the Cold War-era
Military lapel ribbon for the WASP (WW2)
Military lapel ribbon for the World War 1
Military lapel ribbon for the World War 2
Military lapel ribbon for the Yom Kippur War
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