UK LOOKS TO AUSTRALIAN PARTNERSHIP FOR AWACS REPLACEMENT

An RAAF E-7A Wedgetail at Exercise ‘Red Flag’. Jamie Hunter

THE UK MINISTRY of Defence has conirmed that it is talking with Boeing and the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) over a plan to purchase the E-7A Wedgetail airborne early warning and control (AEW&C) platform. The news came as three Royal Air Force crew members, comprising a pilot, an electronic support measures operator (ESMO), and a surveillance and control officer, began Wedgetail conversion with the RAAF at Williamtown in September.

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