Wearing registration N356BJ, the Boeing
737-7ES AEW&C aircraft for Turkey's Peace
Eagle program makes a successful first mission
system flight test. 12/12/07
Photo: Chad Slattery
12/12/2007 - ST. LOUIS -- Boeing has conducted a
successful first mission system flight test of a 737
Airborne Early Warning and Control (AEW&C)
aircraft for Turkey's Peace Eagle program.
During the flight from Boeing Field in Seattle,
Wash., Boeing and Turkish industry engineers tested
the aircraft's communications system, including
establishing links with a ground-based Boeing system
integration lab and local air traffic control towers
using UHF, VHF and HF radios. Engineers also tested
the internal communications system between personnel
within the aircraft.
"This is the first time the integrated mission system
has operated in the flight environment and clears the
path for additional airborne tests in the months
ahead," said Mark Ellis, Boeing Peace Eagle program
The Peace Eagle program includes four 737 AEW&C
aircraft plus ground support segments for mission crew
training, mission support and system maintenance.
Modification of the first aircraft is under way at
Boeing facilities in Seattle. Turkish Aerospace
Industries in Ankara, Turkey, will modify the
remaining three aircraft.
The 737-700 features 21st century avionics,
navigation equipment and flight deck features. Because
of its advanced technology and a worldwide base of
suppliers, parts and support equipment, the aircraft
requires minimal downtime for maintenance.
Additionally, the aircraft is equipped with Northrop
Grumman's Multi-role Electronically Scanned Array
antenna with integrated Identification Friend-or-Foe
capabilities. The system also includes a flexible,
open architecture for cost-effective future upgrades,
an extensive communications suite and aerial refueling
Source: Boeing Press Release