Upgraded AWACS aircraft delivered to France by BoeingNews
July 29, 2014
SEATTLE. Boeing officials deployed the first of four upgraded Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS) aircraft to the French military. The upgraded platform will enhance the fleet’s surveillance, communications, and battle management capabilities.
This mid-life upgrade represents the largest set of modifications to the French AWACS aircraft. It will give the crew with more actionable data and better situational awareness. Boeing, as prime contractor, provides software, hardware,, engineering and quality assurance support. Air France Industries KLM Engineering & Maintenance, a Boeing subcontractor on the project, is modifying the electrical, mechanical and structural systems, and mission hardware on the aircraft.
Delivery of the aircraft followed ground and flight tests at Avord Air Force Base and qualification by France’s Direction Générale de l’Armement. Modifications to the other three French AWACS aircraft are scheduled for completion by the third quarter of 2016.