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
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.
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
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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