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Thu, Nov 23, 2006

Boeing Delivers A Better AWACS To NATO

Enhanced Aircraft Brings New Capabilities To Peace Keepers

Boeing announced completion of a major mission system production upgrade for the first NATO Airborne Warning and Control System (ACS) aircraft.

Boeing delivered the aircraft to NATO during a ceremony at the European Aeronautic Defence and Space (EADS) facility in Manching, Germany. EADS, as an industry partner and subcontractor to Boeing, completed the modification on schedule.

The entire fleet of 17 ACS aircraft, based in Geilenkirchen, Germany, is on track for upgrade in 2008. Boeing also is modifying two NATO ACS mission simulators.

Boeing's NATO ACS program manager Lee Strom said, "Achieving this milestone represents the culmination of a true international effort by many talented people from across North America and Europe, including NATO, the NATO Airborne Early Warning and Control Program Management Agency, Force Command, the US Air Force and more than 15 key subcontractors from 12 nations."

New enhancements to the aircraft include:

  • New situation display consoles with flat-panel displays offering a Windows-like environment
  • A mission computing system with an open architecture allowing cost-effective future upgrades to the hardware and software
  • Multi-sensor integration that improves the reliability and accuracy of target tracks and identification and eases operator workload
  • Digital communications systems to improve crew access and use of radio links including improved over-the-horizon communication via satellite links
  • Broad-spectrum VHF radios that will support increased operations with Eastern European nations' air and ground forces. An improved identification friend or foe system compatible with emerging international air traffic control systems requirements
  • Upgraded aircraft navigation that takes advantage of the new Global Positioning System

The system offers increased interoperability with other ACS platforms as well as with fighter aircraft, ground stations, ships and satellites.

All of that translates into a superior view of the battlespace and an increase in the number of targets it can handle.

FMI: www.boeing.com

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