Combat Proven - Australia’s eyes in the sky


Nigel Pittaway profiles the Boeing 737-based E-7A Wedgetail airborne early warning and control aircraft

In early February, the 14th and last rotation of Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) airborne early warning and control (AEW&C) crews completed their mission in support of coalition airstrikes in the Middle East.

Flying the Boeing E-7A Wedgetail, the crews of 2 Squadron first deployed to the Middle East in September 2014 as part of an organic Australian Air Task Group (ATG), which also included F/A-18F Super Hornet strike fighters and a single KC-30A tanker under Operation Okra. Although the more recent rotations alternated between an E-7A and KC-30A as the coalition air effort drew down, the Wedgetail recorded a mission success rate of around 95% for the four and a half years of operations.

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