Boeing E-7 Wedgetail / Boeing 737 AEW&C
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Boeing - E-7 Wedgetail / Boeing 737 AEW&C - 2004 - США
Страна: США
Год: 2004


Airborne early warning aircraft
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Фотографии
737 AEW&C: используя в качестве платформы планер 737-700, "Boeings разработала самолет дальнего радиолокационного обнаружения и управления - 737 AEW&C Антенна РЛС Northrop Grumman MESA установлена в обтекателе на пилоне над хвостовой частью фюзеляжа. На фюзеляже также смонтированы дополнительные антенны и фальшкили большой площади. В салоне установлены консоли для операторов бортовых систем, в состав БРЭО включена система госопознавания. Шесть самолетов заказаны Австралией в рамках программы "Wedgetail", четыре - Турцией по программе "Peace Eagle". Четыре схожих E-737 будут поставлены ВВС Южной Кореи. Из-за задержек с интеграцией бортовых систем австралийские ВВС получили первый самолет только в июле 2009 года.
Australia
Another mission as part of Operation Okra begins as an RAAF E-7A Wedgetail takes off from Australia's main logistics base in the Middle East.
The Royal Australian Air Force has developed multi-layered ISR capabilities and operates a number of aircraft, such as the E-7A Wedgetail
One of No 2 Squadron's E-7A Wedgetails takes off from RAAF Base Darwin during Exercise Diamond Storm last year.
Home station ops; an E-7A takes off from RAAF Base Williamtown. The radome has a 7° pitch, measures 10.82m in length, and weighs 3.5 tonnes.
Among the visitors to the 2018 Royal International Air Tattoo was RAAF E-7A Wedgetail serial A30-001. Operated by No 2 Squadron at RAAF Base Williamtown, New South Wales, it received a revised roundel reflecting the 'RAF100' centenary theme and incorporating RAF insignia.
Австралия первой закупила четыре новых самолета ДРЛОиУ по программе "Wedgetail", причем сроки поставки комплексов многократно переносились. На самолете, выполняющем разворот над портом Сидней, хорошо видны многочисленные ножевидные антенны, установленные на нижней части фюзеляжа. Обратите внимание, что у 737 AEW&C отсутствуют концевые крылышки - винглеты.
Australia's Wedgetail will require further development even beyond final operational capability in December 2012.
Royal Australian Air Force E-7A Wedgetail A30-005 in the skies of the Middle East during Operation Okra.
Австралийская программа "Wedgetail" столкнулась с проблемами из-за сложностей с интеграцией бортовых систем. ВВС Австралии смогли получить первый самолет только в конце 2009 - начале 2010 года, на три года позже, чем планировалось изначально.
The E-7A Wedgetail aircraft in service with the Royal Australian Air Force. The E-7A has also been selected by South Korea, Turkey and the UK to meet their future AWACS capability requirements
An artist's concept of an RAF E-7A Wedgetail flying over Lincoln Cathedral from its base at nearby RAF Waddington. Modification of the aircraft will be carried out in the UK at Marshall Aerospace and Defence Group in Cambridge.
The Royal Australian Air Force is a key operator of the E-7A Wedgetail and has extensive operational experience over the Middle East
Northrop Grumman's MESA radar is a prominent feature on the E-7A Wedgetail aircraft.
The E-7A Wedgetail can control the tactical battle space, providing direction for fighter aircraft, surface units and land based elements, as well as supporting aircraft such as tankers and intelligence platforms. The UK Ministry of Defence has ordered five E-7s at a cost of nearly $2 billion.
After receiving fuel from a 340th Expeditionary Air Refueling Squadron KC-135, an RAAF E-7A Wedgetail departs in support of Operation Inherent Resolve in July 2017.
Самолеты ДРЛОиУ для противника являются приоритетными целями, поэтому на 737 AEW&C установлен наиболее совершенный комплекс обороны. На фотографии - отстрел тепловых ловушек системы AN/ALE-47 CMDS (Counter Measures Dispenser System).
Between June 1 and 13, 2015, the first aerial refuelling trials were conducted between a RAAF KC-30A Multi-Role Tanker Transport and an E-7A Wedgetail Airborne Early Warning and Control aircraft. During the trials, seven sorties were flown by each aircraft and included 118 dry contacts with the KC-30A's refuelling boom, and six wet contacts involving the transfer of 20 tonnes of fuel. The trials were conducted under the direction of the Aircraft Research and Development Unit.
An E-7A Wedgetail uploads fuel from a KC-30A tanker during a mission flown in support of Operation Okra.
RAAF E-7A Wedgetail and F/A-18F Super Hornet fly aft of a KC-30A Multi-Role Tanker Transport as they transit to the battlespace as part of Operation Okra, the Australian Defence Force's mission in the Middle East. RAF Voyager tankers don't have a boom refuelling capability.
The Boeing E-7 Wedgetail is perhaps the most likely option being explored by the UK MoD as a replacement for the RAF's Sentry AEW1 airborne warning and control aircraft.
An E-7A Wedgetail conducts aerial refuelling during a mission on Operation Okra.
The Hornets, KC-30A and E-7A represented the first purely air-focused task group sent overseas by the RAAF for several decades.
Two Boeing E-7A (737-7ES) Wedgetails of No.2 Squadron of the Royal Australian Air Force participated in Red Flag 13-3 at Nellis AFB, Nevada, which was held between February 25 and March 15, 2013. It marked the first appearance of the type at this series of exercises. No.2 Squadron operates six E-7As from RAAF Base Williamtown, New South Wales, with a permanent detachment at RAAF Base Tindal, Northern Territory.
A RAAF E-7A Wedgetail airborne early warning and control aircraft after a mission during Red Flag 20-1 at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada, Jan 30, 2020
A Wedgetail at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada, during Exercise Red Flag 19-1.
The RAF allowed its fleet of E-3Ds to become obsolete and unavailable by not investing in necessary upgrades. Retirement of the E-3D had become inevitable, but there will be a three-year capability gap before three E-7A Wedgetails enter service
Боинг 737-700 ДРЛОиУ на 11-й международной аэрокосмической выставке Дубай Эйршоу 2009 (ноябрь 2009г.)
Первым покупателем 737 AEW&C стали ВВС Австралии, самолеты состоят на вооружении 2-й эскадрильи австралийских ВВС, дислоцированной в Уильямтауне.
When the E-7 Wedgetail arrives, it will enhance dramatically the operational prowess of fourth/fifth-generation interoperability. Having worked with the RAAF Wedgetail during FPDA exercises and recent Pitch Black drills, the RAF is excited at the prospect of the cutting-edge capabilities of this airborne early warning and control platform with its extremely able MESA radar
A Royal Australian Air Force technician inspects a Wedgetail at Anderson Air Force Base, Guam during Exercise Cope North 2019.
The E-7A Wedgetail deployed to ATG 630 has provided sterling service, with nine-hour missions becoming routine.
A Royal Australian Air Force E-7A airborne early warning and control aircraft at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada.
RAAF Boeing E-7A Wedgetail AEW&C aircraft have conducted regular rotational deployments to the Middle East Area of Operations (MEAO) since October 2014.
Royal Australian Air Force E-7A Wedgetail A30-002 assigned to 2 Squadron taxies at Nellis for a Red Flag mission in which the aircraft was tasked to provide command and control capability.
A line-up of four of No 2 Squadron's E-7A Wedgetails at RAAF Base Williamtown. As well as the E-7, the UK and Australia will enjoy commonality across their respective F-35 fleets and the British-designed Type 26 warships ordered by Canberra.
Australia’s operations with the E-7A Wedgetail saw the type achieve a 95% mission success rate during Operation Okra
A RAAF E-7A Wedgetail is in the foreground. The MESA radar is in the large T shaped housing on the aft dorsal fuselage
The E-7A Wedgetail design (foreground) has been selected by a number of other air forces including Turkey, the UK and South Korea
An interesting comparison of the E-7A and the E-3 AWACS - in this case, an E-3G of the USAF's 552nd Air Control Wing, 960th Airborne Air Control Squadron. The E-7 is based on a standard Boeing 737NG airliner, modified to carry a Northrop Grumman active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar that can cover four million square kilometres over a ten-hour period.
A Royal Australian Air Force E-7A Wedgetail from 2 Squadron sits on the flight line at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada, during Exercise Red Flag. An estimated AUD 1.5 billion contract extension awarded to Boeing Defence Australia by the Australian government will provide upgrade and sustainment of the E-7A until 2035.
The third Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Boeing 737-7ES Wedgetail AEW&C (A30-003)/N359BJ (c/n 33476), which is the first to be modified in Australia, Queensland, for its first test flight following completion. Delivery of the first two aircraft to the RAAF is takes off on January 23, 2008 from RAAF Base Amberley, scheduled for March 2009, with the remaining four on order due by the end of that year.
South Korea
В тендере на самолет ДРЛОиУ для Южной Кореи компания "Boeing" в конкурентной борьбе победила Израиль, предлагавший доработанный Gulfstream G 550 с РЛС IAI Elta.
Вероятно, 737 AEW&C является самым сложным серийным самолетом в мире. Стоимость одного комплекса в экспортном исполнении достигает 490 млн долларов. На фотографии - первый самолет для Южной Кореи, который на время летных испытаний временно получил гражданскую регистрацию США. Самолет официально передан заказчику 29 июля 2011 года.
Turkey
Боинг 737AEW&C
Самолет ДРЛО Boeing-737-7ES Peace Eagle из состава 131-й эскадрильи «Дракон» Воздушных сил Турции
On static display throughout the show was Boeing 737-7ES Peace Eagle airborne early warning and control aircraft N356BJ (c/n 33962, to be 06-001), which is the first of four destined for the Turk Hava Kuvvetleri (THK - Turkish Air Force). First flown after installation of its mission systems on September 6, 2007, it was later painted in THK colours at Boeing Field, Seattle, Washington, where it was rolled out on October 14. The aircraft left Boeing Field for the Show on November 8, routing initially to Bangor, Maine, and then departing the following day via Rome/Ciampino, Italy, for Dubai. It will return to Seattle after the Show to continue functional checkout of the mission systems, with full development flight testing due to commence in 2008. Delivery to the THK is not expected until 2010.
Boeing 737-7FS N356BJ (c/n 33962, to be 06-001), the first AEW&C aircraft for Turkey under the Peace Eagle programme, takes off from Boeing Field, Seattle, on September 6, 2007 for its first functional check flight following modification to incorporate the aircraft's mission systems.
UK
The third and final Boeing 737 for Wedgetail conversion arriving in the UK in July 2022
Aircraft Three being towed into the STS Aerospace hangar at Birmingham International Airport after its arrival from Boeing in Seattle
STS personnel strengthening the fuselage of the Boeing 737 as part of the Wedgetail conversion
A 737 undergoes major modifications in the STS hangar including fitting 161 miles of wiring
 
Австралийский самолет дальнего радиолокационного обнаружения E-7A взлетает с аэродрома Аль-Манхад (ОАЭ)
Самолет ДРЛО и управления B-737AEW&C ВВС Турции
Современное оборудование позволило на 737 AEW&C сократить количество рабочих станций, в сравнении с более старым E-3 Sentry. Экипаж E-3 варьируется от 13 до 19 человек, а экипаж 737 AEW&C при выполнении типового задания состоит из восьми операторов (максимально 12).
The crew of an E-7A Wedgetail Airborne Early Warning and Control aircraft during a mission over Iraq.
Model of Boeing 737 AEW&C variant offered to Australia (1999)
Loyal wingmen are not just made to assist with fighter aircraft. This rendering shows Boeing's ATS in formation with RAAF E-7A Wedgetail airborne early warning and control (AEW&C) aircraft.
An artist’s impression of the RAF Wedgetail airborne early warning paint scheme flying over Kilt Rock and Mealt Falls in Scotland. The fleet of three Wedgetails will be based at RAF Lossiemouth
Digital rendering of the new Wedgetail airborne early warning livery