AIRBUS AEW&C

TYPE: Airborne early warning and control system.

PROGRAMME: A310 originally selected by Raytheon Systems as a platform for its bid for the Australian AEW&C requirement (Project Wedgetail), competing against Boeing 737 and Lockheed Martin C-130J. Incorporates Elta Phalcon 360o phased-array radar in a fixed dorsal dome; formally announced in January 1997. Australia selected Boeing 737 in July 1999, but A310 AEW&C also offered to Turkey (again unsuccessfully) and South Korea, which due to select E-X platform in 2004 and award contract in 2005. However, latest proposals anticipate using either A320 (Thales) or A321 (Raytheon); Boeing and Northrop Grumman are also expected to offer Boeing 737 system.

 

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