More on RAF Wedgetail acquisition

A Royal Australian Air Force E-7A airborne early warning and control aircraft at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada.
Lawrence Crespo/US Air Force

The UK government announced on March 22, 2019, that Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson has signed a £1.9 billion contract for the acquisition of five Boeing E-7 Wedgetail airborne early warning and control (AEW&C) aircraft.

In RAF service, the E-7 will replace the current fleet of Boeing E-3D Sentry AEW.1 aircraft, based at RAF Waddington. Williamson said that the Wedgetail will ensure the continued delivery of the UK’s AEW&C capability and will provide a “technological edge” in an increasingly complex battlespace, as well as strengthening military ties with Australia.

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