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Boeing's Final Design for Wedgetail AEW&C Airborne Mission Segment Accepted by Australia


The Commonwealth of Australia has completed its acquisition of six Boeing [NYSE: BA] 737 Airborne Early Warning and Control (AEW&C) aircraft and related mission systems by accepting the final design of the Wedgetail airborne mission segment. The Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) operates the aircraft, which provide Australia with advanced airborne surveillance, communications and battle management.

"Australia has worked closely with Boeing and its industry partners to deliver a world-class Airborne Early Warning and Control capability," said Air Vice Marshal Chris Deeble, Wedgetail program manager, Defence Materiel Organisation. "The performance of the Wedgetail in recent high-end coalition exercises indicates that we are delivering a cutting-edge warfighting capability to the RAAF."

"The collaboration between the RAAF, Boeing and our suppliers is proof that a strong government-industry partnership can do great things," said Rick Heerdt, Boeing vice president and program manager, Airborne Surveillance, Command and Control. "A robust support program is now in place to ensure Wedgetail's long-term service and success."

Besides six AEW&C aircraft, the Wedgetail program also includes ground support segments such as the Operational Flight Trainer, Operational Mission Simulator and Mission Support System. All are located in the AEW&C Support Centre at RAAF Base Williamtown in Newcastle.

Boeing completed delivery of four AEW&C aircraft to the Republic of Korea in 2012. Four additional AEW&C aircraft are in production for Turkey.



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... 12 Super Hornets saranno convertiti nella versione Growlers http://www.defenseindustrydaily.com/australia-to-buy-24-super-hornets-as-interim-gapfiller-to-jsf-02898/#contracts



Dec 20/12: EA-18G Boeing in St. Louis, MO receives a $164 million firm-fixed-price contract, exercising an option to begin procurement of 12 Airborne Electronic Attack Group B-Kits and 4 Equivalent Ship-sets of spares for the Royal Australian Air Force.

Work will be performed in Baltimore, MD (41.1%); St. Louis, MO (36.3%); Bethpage, NY (19%); and Fort Wayne, Ind. (3.6%), and is expected to be complete in March 2015. All contract funds are committed immediately. US Naval Air Systems Command in Patuxent River, MD manage the contract on behalf of its Foreign Military Sale client (N00019-09-C-0086). Note that the entire conversion of 12 aircraft is expected to cost about $1.5 billion (vid. Aug 23/12).


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Arrivano i P-8A ....


RAAF .... "Poseidon announced" .... http://www.airforce.gov.au/News/Poseidons-announced/?RAAF-omXmMdehVMqGYXJ00JPfnHIP1n80PvlA


"P-8A deal starts Australian maritime surveillance renewal" .... http://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/p-8a-deal-starts-australian-maritime-surveillance-renewal-396255/




US ambassador to Australia, John Berry, Prime Minister Tony Abbott and Chief of the Defence Force General David Hurley, inspect the P-8A Poseidon aircraft, at Fairbairn RAAF base in Canberra on Friday 21.

Photo: Alex Ellinghausen

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Australia ... sono arrivati i primi due ...


The first Lockheed Martin F-35As to be permanently based in Australia have arrived at RAAF Williamtown.
The two Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) jets (A35-009 and A35-010) reached their new home after a ferry flight across the Pacific from Luke AFB in Arizona, says defence minister Christopher Pyne.

Fonte: flightglobal.com ... PICTURES: Australian F-35As arrive home down under ...

... airforce.gov.au ... Air Force Joint Strike Fighters arrive in Australia ...


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