RAF to get five Wedgetail airborne early warning radar systems

An agreement on the purchase of five Wedgetail airborne early warning radar systems was signed by British Defense Minister Gavin Williamson.

The value of the program is £ 1.5bn and will help to modernize Britain’s early warning aircraft fleet, which currently consists of seven Boeing E-3D Sentry AEW1 aircraft.

The E-7 Wedgetail Airborne Radar is equipped with Northrop Grumman Electronic Systems’ Multi-Roll Electronically Scanned Array (MESA) L (1-2 GHz) radar and can target fighter-size targets at 360 degrees, at  360 km.

Each mission can take 10 hours with 10 crew members. The first aircraft is expected to be delivered to the Royal Air Force at the beginning of the next decade.