Australia extends Wedgetail support contract

In other Wedgetail news, the Australian government awarded Boeing Defence Australia a contract extension worth an estimated AUD 1.5 billion on September 28, 2018, for upgrades and sustainment of the E-7A out to 2035, the estimated out of service date of the type.

The E-7A Wedgetail Head Agreement Deed consolidates the existing in-service support and upgrade (Project Air 5077 Phase 5A) contracts.

Boeing Defence Australia vice president and managing director, Darren Edwards said: “The fleet sustainment and upgrades that will be delivered under this agreement will ensure the Wedgetail remains the centrepiece of Australia’s national air defence capability and a critical asset for the RAAF.”

The work, together with support for similar E-7 platforms operated by the Republic of Korea and Turkey, is forecast to support 600 jobs across 200 suppliers in Australia.

Australia’s Minister for Defence Industry, Steve Ciobo, said: “The extension to the in-service support contract will allow BDA to deliver long-term value for money Wedgetail sustainment services to Defence and see continued growth in Australian industry content, particularly in systems and software engineering.”

A Royal Australian Air Force E-7A Wedgetail from 2 Squadron sits on the flight line at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada, during Exercise Red Flag. An estimated AUD 1.5 billion contract extension awarded to Boeing Defence Australia by the Australian government will provide upgrade and sustainment of the E-7A until 2035. Cpl David Gibbs/Royal Australian Air Force