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Boeing Signs Contract For Korea's EX Airborne Early Warning And Control Program

Boeing has signed a $1.59 billion contract to provide four 737 airborne early warning and control systems for the Republic of Korea's EX program. Delivery of the first aircraft is scheduled for 2011. The remaining three aircraft will be delivered in 2012. Photo Credit: Boeing.
by Staff Writers
St. Louis MO (SPX) Nov 28, 2006
Boeing has announced the signing of a $1.59 billion contract to provide four 737 airborne early warning and control (AEW and C) systems for the Republic of Korea's EX program. The Boeing team's solution also includes ground support segments for flight and mission crew training, mission support and aircraft and system modification support. Delivery of the first 737 AEW and C aircraft is scheduled for 2011. The remaining three aircraft are scheduled for delivery in 2012.

"The 737 AEW and C system gives the Republic of Korea a powerful capability for airborne surveillance, communications and battle management. It also provides increased security for the Korean peninsula against today's threats and those in the future," said Jim Albaugh, president and chief executive officer of Boeing Integrated Defense Systems.

Northrop Grumman Electronic Systems will provide a Multi-role Electronically Scanned Array (MESA) radar, the critical sensor on board the 737 AEW and C. The MESA array is designed to provide optimal performance in range, tracking and accuracy. It is able to track airborne and maritime targets simultaneously and can help the mission crew direct fighter aircraft while continuously scanning the operational area.

Korean Aerospace Industries (KAI) will perform aircraft modification and mission equipment modification and checkout. Modification of the first aircraft will occur at a Boeing facility. KAI will modify the remaining aircraft in Sachon, Korea.

Boeing has sold 10 737 AEW and C aircraft to date: six for Australia's Project Wedgetail and four for Turkey's Peace Eagle program.

The first Wedgetail aircraft successfully completed an aircraft performance and flight handling test program in 2005. Additionally, airborne radar testing is under way on the second Wedgetail at Boeing facilities in Seattle. Wedgetail aircraft numbers 3 and 4 are undergoing modifications at a Boeing Australia facility in Amberley.

Turkey's first Peace Eagle aircraft is undergoing modifications at Boeing facilities in Seattle, while TUSAS Aerospace Industries is modifying Peace Eagle aircraft numbers 2 and 3 in Ankara, Turkey.

737 AEW and C is the right-sized solution to meet the requirements of the Republic of Korea and features state-of-the art avionics, navigation equipment and flight deck features. There also is a worldwide base of suppliers, parts and support equipment. The aircraft has significant growth capability in terms of power, cooling, weight and space, allowing it to incorporate emerging technologies.

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