E-7A NSW

E-7A Wedgetail
over New South Wales
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The island continent of Australia faces a number of unique security challenges that stem from its geography. The continent may be separated from its neighbors by large expanses of ocean, but it also resides within a potential arc of instability, and has a number of important offshore resource sites to protect. Full awareness of what is going on around them, and the ability to push that awareness well offshore, are critical security requirements.

“Project Wedgetail” had 3 finalists, and the winner was a new variant of Boeing’s 737-700, fitted with an MESA (multirole electronically scanned array) radar from Northrop Grumman. That radar exchanges the traditional AWACS rotating dome for the E-7A’s “top hat” stationary antenna. That design, and the project as a whole, have run into severe turbulence, creating problems for Boeing earnings, the ADF, and other export orders for the type. DID’s FOCUS articles offer in-depth, updated looks at significant military programs of record. This one covers contracts, events, and key milestones within Australia’s E-7A program, from inception to the current day.

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Project Wedgetail: Program and Participants

The Competition

Program & Industrial Team

Contracts & Key Events

2019-Today

2018

2017

2015

2014

2011 – 2013

2009 – 2010

2007 – 2008

2005 – 2006

2003 – 2004

2001 – 2002

2000 and Earlier

Additional Readings

The Aircraft

News & Views

E-7A Cutaway

E-7A Cutaway

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KC-135 refuels E-7A

KC-135 & E-7

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E-7A Wedgetail tests flares

Flares test

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early flight

COPE NORTH 2012

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early flight

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early flight

Airworthiness test

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737 Wedgetail over Sydney

Wedgetai over Sydney

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E-7A Wedgetail

E-7A Wedgetail

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E-7A NSW

E-7A Wedgetail

over New South Wales

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E-7A manufacturing

Manufacturing line

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E-7A MESA

MESA radar assembly

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