Final Wedgetail handed over to RAAF

written by australianaviation.com.au | June 4, 2012
A 2 Squadron Wedgetail with a Canberra bomber in the background at Williamtown on June 4..

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.

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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.

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