The Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) reached Final Operational Capability (FOC) for its E-7A Wedgetail aircraft, it was announced on Tuesday 26 May. The RAAF describes the new capability as ‘the most advanced air battle space management capability in the world’.
The Wedgetail is tailored to meet the specific RAAF requirements, with six Boeing 737 aircraft modified to accommodate sophisticated mission systems and advanced multi-role radar. The type enhances the effectiveness of Australia’s existing Australian Defence Force and civil surveillance agencies and helps maintain an advanced technological capability.
The aircraft deployed on Operation Okra in the Middle East region, completing over 100 surveillance sorties with our coalition partners, flying more than 1,200 hours.
The Wedgetail also provided coordination and flight safety capability for the air search for Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 in the Southern Indian Ocean.
Featured image (top): A Boeing E-7 Wedgetail (Image © Commonwealth of Australia, Department of Defence)