The Boeing Airborne Early Warning & Control (AEW&C) is a combat-proven weapon system that provides powerful multi-domain surveillance, communications, and networked battle management capabilities, as well as interoperability that multiplies the effectiveness of joint and coalition forces. With the Boeing AEW&C, you can see farther, communicate more effectively, and make faster and more informed decisions to achieve your mission objectives.
Ready for any mission
A critical enabler to surveillance and air dominance, the AEW&C offers the most advanced, state-of-the-art airborne moving target indicator capability (AMTI) available today.
Based on a Boeing Next-Generation 737, the AEW&C’s radar provides a full 360-degree surveillance capability with sector emphasis and other techniques to dynamically adjust to emerging tactical situations. Sector emphasis extends detection range without the need to fly closer to threat situations.
Fully interoperable, the AEW&C brings battle management to the tactical edge of the battle space. The mission processing capability provides real-time analytics for targeting and processes critical data throughout all phases of threat engagement with little or no latency. Programmable chaff and flares operate as a defensive countermeasure against threats, increasing the aircraft’s survivability.
Available, Reliable and Sustainable
Operating successfully around the globe for more than a decade, the AEW&C is a mature and combat-proven platform, in production and available when called upon. On average, current AEW&C operators experience higher operational availability rates that allow it to spend more time in the skies. Compared to the E-3 AWACS, overall operating costs are estimated to be 66% less, and because the AEW&C has more operational capability, less jets and manpower are needed to deliver the increased capability.
The future battlespace will be more complex, dynamic and unconventional. To be able to defeat advanced threats and accomplish missions, the AEW&C’s Open Mission Systems (OMS) architecture capability is key. In 2020 ground and flight tests, Boeing married the OMS-compliant battle management command and control (BMC2) system to Northrop Grumman’s advanced, wide-band active electronically scanned array (AESA). Customers will have more flexibility to add or upgrade capabilities, select third-party vendors and determine implementation schedules.
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The future battlespace is upon us. It’s more complex. More dynamic. More unconventional. To be able to defeat advanced threats and accomplish missions, military aircraft must have the ability to not only evolve, but evolve quicker than ever.