Australia Picks Boeing for $443M E-7A Early Warning Aircraft Modernization Program

Boeing (NYSE: BA) has been selected to support a $442.9 million effort to upgrade the Australian air force’s fleet of E-7A Wedgetail airborne early warning and control aircraft.

The service branch said Wednesday Boeing will equip E-7As with new combat identification sensors, tactical data links and communication and encryption systems under the modernization project.

Australian defense minister Marise Payne said the upgrades will help the country’s air force maintain interoperability with allies such as U.S. and NATO members.

Boeing expects to create 165 jobs across its offices in Australia, including 120 jobs in Brisbane and 45 at air force bases in Amberley and Williamtown through the project.

E-7A is based on Boeing 737-700 and currently serves as a mobile radar and battle space management system for the international coalition against the Islamic State militant group.

The modernization is scheduled to be completed by mid-2022.

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