The French Air Force last week received the first of four upgraded E-3F Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS) aircraft from Boeing. The upgraded aircraft will increase the French surveillance, communications and battle management capabilities.
The Mid-Life Upgrade – the largest set of modifications to AWACS aircraft for France – will provide the crew with more actionable information and better situational awareness and increase mission effectiveness and efficiencies. Delivery followed ground and flight tests at Avord Air Force Base and qualification by France’s Direction Générale de l’Armement.
“The French Mid-Life Upgrade program is a model for enhancing intelligence and surveillance capability within the armed forces. This program also demonstrates Boeing’s enduring commitment in providing the French Air Force with a superior air battle management capability,” said Yves Galland, president of Boeing France.
Modifications to the other three French AWACS aircraft are scheduled for completion by the third quarter of 2016.