Boeing has delivered the sixth and final Wedgetail Airborne Early Warning & Control (AEW&C) aircraft to the RAAF.
“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 Boeing AEW&C vice president Rick Heerdt.
Air Vice-Marshal Chris Deeble, program manager Collins and Wedgetail, Defence Materiel Organisation, congratulated Boeing on the delivery, adding that with the final aircraft in place that 2 Squadron would be able to declare Initial Operating Capability later this year.
Boeing has also delivered all of the supporting ground segments to 2SQN, which is based at RAAF Williamtown in Newcastle.
Based on the 737-700 commercial airliner airframe, the aircraft features an advanced multirole electronically scanned radar and 10 state-of-the-art mission crew consoles that are able to track airborne and maritime targets simultaneously.