Boeing E-7: An integrated command and control node

The Boeing E-7 Airborne Early Warning & Control (AEW&C) is a combat-proven force multiplier that provides unparalleled abilities to scan the skies, communicate with surface, ground and air assets and enable integration across the joint force.

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The backbone of tactical battle management

In support of the U.S. Air Force’s Operational Imperatives, the Department must field capabilities such as next-generation sensors and networked connectivity – all within the DoD budget and on a rapid timeline. The E-7 is the only available, persistent, command and control aircraft capable of meeting those needs.

Boeing’s E-7 is a combat-proven, affordable solution to meet the U.S. Air Force’s near-term E-3 replacement needs while also addressing Operational Imperative capability requirements. As a derivative of the in-production Next-Generation 737 and in operation with the U.K., Australia, Korea and Turkey, the E-7 can be fielded to provide the warfighter with a measurable operational advantage.

Brings decisive effects to the peer fight

The E-7 is an integrated, flexible command and control node that leverages networked connectivity, edge processing capabilities and organic communications and sensor data generation to support significantly improved operational decision-making and resilient and efficient force employment.

Its next-generation, multi-domain capabilities are foundational to maintaining Air Superiority – providing accurate, timely and effective support.

  • First detect, first engageThe E-7 offers the most resilient, advanced airborne moving target indicator capability (AMTI) available.
  • Joint force enablerThe E-7 provides beyond-line-of-sight connectivity to joint and coalition assets in degraded and contested environments.
  • Air domain awarenessA powerful MESA radar provides high-quality sensor data at range, preserving the tactical advantage.

Contemporary Capabilities

This world-class capability, already proven with our Royal Australian Air Force partners, will significantly enhance our ability to deliver decisive airborne command and control and… form a core element of the Next Generation Air Force, able to overcome both current and future complex threats.” — UK Chief of the Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal Sir Stephen Hillier, Wedgetail to be RAF’s new early warning radar aircraft — Mar. 22, 2019

Interoperable, mission-ready & reliable

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Based on a militarized Next-Generation 737, the E-7 is a persistent, off-the-shelf platform that brings lower operating and sustainment costs, higher mission readiness rates and unmatched interoperability among a growing global user community.

Currently in service or on contract with Australia, South Korea, Turkey and the United Kingdom, integration in future coalition operations is a distinct advantage.

  • Combat proven operational flexibilityConverted from the Next Generation 737-700, the E-7 capitalizes on existing commercial derivative aircraft design, certification and modification processes, allowing E-7s to be fielded to meet mission requirements.
  • Reduced lifecycle costsWith 9,000+ worldwide 737s that include 30 global repair facilities and 250 global service centers, the E-7 benefits from significantly reduced maintenance and logistics costs.
  • Global 737 supply baseAs a derivative of the in-production Next-Generation 737, the E-7 has access to a well-established global supply chain that enables higher operational availability rates.

Evolves to meet future threats

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The future battlespace will be more complex, dynamic and unconventional. Through its open systems architecture and agile software development, the E-7 provides rapid, affordable capability growth to remain relevant as threats evolve.

Designed for continuous updates, the E-7 enables the customer to use either Boeing or third-party software to maximize the warfighter’s flexibility to rapidly upgrade or field new capabilities regardless of vendor.

  • Open Systems Architecture compliantBoeing successfully married the OMS-compliant battle management command and control (BMC2) system to an advanced, wide-band active electronically scanned array.
  • Flexible net-centric warfareCustomers have flexibility to add or upgrade future capabilities, select vendors and determine an implementation schedule – aligning with the DoD for flexible net-centric warfare.
  • JADC2 provenAs the primary platform in a virtual demo, the E-7 shared data and common operating pictures between multi-domain systems – from sensor to sensor, to platform, to shooter.


Feature Stories

Real threats require real solutions: Boeing’s E-7 answers the call

Real threats require real solutions: Boeing’s E-7 answers the call

June 19, 2023 in Defense

The E-7 is the only mission-ready solution available to replace the E-3 and provide rapid capability growth against evolving threats.

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Boeing Demonstrates Multi-Domain Data Fusion and Automated Software Deployment in JADC2 Lab

Boeing Demonstrates Multi-Domain Data Fusion and Automated Software Deployment in JADC2 Lab

January 20, 2022 in Defense

Boeing recently conducted a virtual demo from its Joint All Domain Command and Control (JADC2) Lab that successfully combined data from different sources for multiple platforms across domains to create a common operating picture.

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7 3 7 Airborne Early Warning and Control flying overhead

AEW&C Open Mission Systems validated in operational environment

November 9, 2020 in Defense, Technology

The Airborne Early Warning & Control (AEW&C) platform took another step forward in the drive toward validating an open mission systems (OMS) approach on this midsize jet-powered aircraft.

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7 3 7 Airborne Early Warning and Control flying in the clouds

The Future is Now: AEW&C demos Open Mission Systems

October 5, 2020 in Defense, Technology

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.

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Final Peace Eagle A E W and C flying to Turkey

Boeing Delivers Final Peace Eagle AEW&C Aircraft to Turkey

December 9, 2015 in Defense, Technology

Turkish fleet reaches full strength with four aircraft and ground support systems

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A E W and C Aircraft flying

Boeing Defence Australia Takes on Prime Role for Wedgetail Sustainment

July 30, 2013 in Defense, Technology

Boeing Defence Australia (BDA) has taken over prime responsibility for supporting the Royal Australian Air Force E-7A Wedgetail Airborne Early Warning & Control (AEW&C) fleet from Boeing in the U.S

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Final Peace Eagle A E W & C Aircraft on tarmac

Boeing Delivers Final Peace Eye AEW&C Aircraft to Republic of Korea Air Force

October 31, 2012 in Defense, Technology

Airborne surveillance and battle management capability delivered 5 weeks ahead of schedule in partnership with local industry

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