The third Boeing 737 Peace Eagle AEW&C of the Turkish Air Force (Image © Turkish Aerospace Industries)

Third Turkish Sky Eye delivered

The third Boeing 737 Peace Eagle AEW&C of the Turkish Air Force (Image © Turkish Aerospace Industries)
The third Boeing 737 Peace Eagle AEW&C of the Turkish Air Force (Image © Turkish Aerospace Industries)

The Turkish Air Force (Türk Hava Kuvvetleri) received its third Peace Eagle on 4 September 2014, manufacturer Boeing announced on 9 September. The Airborne Early Warning and Control (AEW&C) arrived at its new home, Konya Airbase in the centre of the country.

Turkish Air Force AEW&C, locally known as the B737 HİK, is somewhat similar to the Royal Australian Air Force Wedgetail AEW&C and South Korea’s Peace Eye AEW&C aircraft. All three types of aircraft are based on the commercial Boeing 737-700. The project ran into loads of problems, including with the aircraft’s essential radar systems with Boeing paying Turkey hundreds of millions of dollars in damages.

Now with the proces seven years behind schedule Boeing pledges to deliver the fourth aircraft in 2015. The Peace Eagle provides the Turkish armed forces not only with airborne surveillance and battle management, it can track airborne and maritime targets simultaneously.

The first Turkish eye in the sky entered service in February 2014, the second arrived in May.

© 2014 Airheadsfly.com editor Marcel Burger