ST. LOUIS, March 20, 2007 -- The Boeing Company [NYSE: BA] has completed the integration of major subsystems aboard a 737 airborne early warning and control (AEW&C) aircraft for Australia's Project Wedgetail.
(PressZoom) - ST. LOUIS, March 20, 2007 -- The Boeing Company [NYSE: BA] has completed the integration of major subsystems aboard a 737 airborne early warning and control ( AEW&C ) aircraft for Australia's Project Wedgetail.
The subsystems include communications, navigation, mission computing, radar and electronic warfare self protection. Boeing conducted tests aboard the aircraft and at its System Integration Lab in Kent, Wash., using a variety of simulations.
"The tests demonstrated that the systems worked separately and together, and that they were compatible with the aircraft," said Ross Dessert, Boeing Wedgetail program manager.
Integration is a major step toward functional checkout of the AEW&C system with the aircraft at the end of April. FAA certification and qualification testing are scheduled for this summer.
Ongoing integration of the Electronic Support Measures ( ESM ) subsystem will continue through functional checkout. ESM is a passive sensor that detects electronic signals.
Boeing will deliver the first two of six Wedgetail aircraft to Australia in March 2009, and the remaining four aircraft by mid-2009. Turkey and the Republic of Korea also have purchased four 737 AEW&C aircraft each.
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