07 Februari 2012
RAAF Boeing 737 AEW&C Wedgetail (photo : Airliners)
ADELAIDE, South Australia --– BAE Systems has been awarded a contract from The Boeing Company for In-Service Support (ISS) of the Electronic Warfare (EW) system on the Wedgetail Airborne Early Warning & Control aircraft.
The AUD $40 million order covers maintenance, engineering and supply support services and builds on an earlier AUD $22 million contract for long-lead spares and support infrastructure.
Director Land and Integrated Systems Kim Scott said “The In-Service Support contract award represents a significant milestone in our journey on the Wedgetail project and builds on BAE Systems’ experience as Australia’s predominant supplier of integrated EW systems.”
EW is recognised by the Commonwealth as a Priority Industry Capability (PIC), that would significantly erode defence self-reliance if not available in country. This contract helps support the EW PIC by providing ongoing work for a team of 25 specialist engineering, technical trades, and supplier management staff in Australia.
The Wedgetail EW system, comprising integrated Electronic Support Measures (ESM) and EW Self-Protection (EWSP) subsystems, developed by BAE Systems Australia over the past decade, is recognised for its exceptional capabilities.