6/13/2007 - ST. LOUIS -- The Boeing Company has begun
flight testing the mission system aboard the first 737
airborne early warning and control (AEW&C)
aircraft for Australia's Project Wedgetail.
During an initial four-hour flight from Boeing Field
in Seattle on June 6, the crew conducted a series of
functional tests as part of a program to measure the
mission system's impact on the aircraft's power
generation capability and environmental controls, such
as the liquid and air cooling systems.
The mission system includes the radar, navigation,
communications and computing subsystems.
Boeing will flight test the aircraft several days a
week for the next month over land and water, while the
mission system is used in a manner similar to an
AEW&C operational mission.
The next phase of the flight test program aboard
aircraft No. 1 is scheduled for later this year when
it joins aircraft No. 2 as a test bed for system-level
Australia has purchased six 737 airborne early
warning and control aircraft. Delivery of the first
two aircraft is scheduled for March 2009. The
remaining four aircraft will be delivered later that
The 737 AEW&C, designed to provide airborne
battle management capability with 10 state-of-the-art
mission system consoles, is based on the Boeing Next
Generation 737-700 and features 21st century avionics,
navigation equipment and flight deck enhancements.
Northrop Grumman's Multi-role Electronically Scanned
Array (MESA) radar is the critical sensor aboard the
737 AEW&C. The MESA array is designed to provide
optimal performance in range, tracking and accuracy.
The radar is able to track airborne and maritime
Source: Boeing Press Release