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SA firm to upgrade RAAF’s Wedgetail

written by Staff reporter | March 1, 2023

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RAAF Wedgetail

SA-based electronic warfare company DEWC is working towards boosting the capability of the RAAF’s E-7A Wedgetail.

The aircraft is a heavily modified military derivative of Boeing’s 737 aircraft and is designed to track aircraft and ships simultaneously.

DEWC is supporting a major upgrade of the aircraft’s survivability, signals intelligence, and data capabilities as a part of the Wedgetail Project AIR 5077 Phase 6 program.

“We have some of the brightest minds at DEWC and experts with many years of experience who will ensure the timely delivery of a significantly enhanced AEW&C capability for Defence,” said Allan Dundas, DEWC chief executive officer, in today’s announcement.

“We’re taking advantage of advancements in technology … working on aspects such as capability development, system requirements, and design review and concept of operations development for the new capabilities.


“This project ensures the Wedgetail can operate effectively and efficiently within the fifth-generation battlespace while maintaining continued interoperability with Australian allies,” Dundas said.

The RAAF is currently operating six Wedgetail aircraft, which have been in operation for more than 10 years. The birds are currently in the middle of the Project AIR 5077 Phase 5A program, upgrading their IFF, communications, and encryption systems. The Phase 5A program will be the starting point for the improvements planned in the Phase 6 upgrade program.

“DEWC personnel have been privileged to share the maturation journey of the Wedgetail aircraft to become a world-leading capability that is highly regarded worldwide as demonstrated by the platform now being acquired by our UK and US defence force allies,” Dundas said.

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