More Wedge(tail) for Boeing

The UK’s purchase of the Boeing E-7A Wedgetail airborne early warning and control aircraft has already caused controversy. Jon Lake looks at the story so far.

An RAAF E-7A Wedgetail arrives at the Australian Defence Force’s main operating base in the Middle East region last September.
Commonwealth of Australia, Department of Defence/CPL Dan Pinhorn

Looking at the UK Wedgetail deal, some criticise what they claim is yet another non-competed contract award to Boeing (following similar acquisitions of AH-64E Apache helicopters, P-8A Poseidons and 16 extra CH-47 Chinooks) in which no proper evaluation of alternatives was undertaken. But others welcome a prompt, streamlined acquisition of what they see as the best available airborne early warning and control (AEW&C) platform to address an urgent requirement. The truth probably lies somewhere between these two opposing viewpoints.

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