Boeing Moves on Two Major Airborne Electronic Warfare Programs

Released on Thursday, October 21, 2004
United States of America
737 AEW&C
EA-18G Growler
F/A-18F Super Hornet
AESA - Active Electronically Scanned Array
IOC - Initial Operational Capability
The Boeing company has announced that two major airborne electronic warfare and surveillance programs are progressing well according to due schedule. The two programs are the US Navy EA-18G electronic attack aircraft and the Peace Eagle AEW&C aircraft being developed for Turkey.

Boeing employees are expected to begin working on the forward fuselage for EA-18G first test aircraft, called the EA-1, under the US Navy $1 billion system development and demonstration contract. EA-1 will be the first of two test aircraft produced covering laboratory, ground and flight-testing. The EA-18G combines the combat proven F/A-18F Super Hornet airframe and a state-of-the-art Improved Capability III (ICAP III) electronic attack subsystem provided by Northrop-Grumman.

During a ceremony at Saint Louis facilities the aluminum bulkhead will be installed in the forward fuselage of EA-1. The radar ring bulkhead is a critical component of the forward fuselage, providing support for the Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) radar and the nose cone of the aircraft. EA-1 first flight is scheduled for September 2006. EA-2, the second test aircraft, is expected to begin assembly in the third quarter of 2005. The first EA-18G with an Initial Operational Capability (IOC) will be seen in 2009.

In addition, Boeing also released that the Peace Eagle program completed the preliminary design review of the airborne and ground mission system, which paves the way for the detailed design definition of components, parts and software. More than $1 billion funds are being allocated by Turkey for this project with the aim to procure four 737 AEW&C aircraft and options on two additional airplanes.

The first Boeing 737 aircraft will undergo modifications at Seattle and the three remaining aircraft will be completed by TAI in Turkey. The first two aircraft will be delivered to the Turkish Armed Forces in 2007 and the other two aircraft following in 2008. The Boeing-led international team includes Northrop-Grumman, Aselsan, Havelsan, MSKAS, MIKES, TAI and THY.


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