737 Airborne Early Warning and Control

The 737 Airborne

Early Warning and Control system encompasses both the Boeing 737-700 aircraft platform and a variety of aircraft control and advanced radar systems. Consisting of components created by Boeing and Northrop Grumman, the 737 AEW&C represents the standard for future airborne early warning systems.

The 737 Airborne series flight platform includes the following capabilities:

  • 21st century avionics, navigation equipment, and flight deck
  • Operational ceiling of 41,000 feet
  • A flight range that exceeds 3,500 nautical miles
  • Minimal downtime requirements and a worldwide base of suppliers, parts, and support equipment for cost-effective operation

AEW&C Functions

The AEW&C system includes the following elements:

  • The multi-role electronically scanned array (MESA) radar system includes:
    • A steerable beam, L-band, electronically scanned array that provides optimal performance in range, tracking, and accuracy 737 Airborne
    • Radar that can track airborne and maritime targets simultaneously
    • Assistance to the mission crew in directing the control of high-performance fighter aircraft while continuously scanning the operational area
    • A “top hat” portion that provides a practical solution for fore and aft coverage while maintaining the low drag profile of the dorsal array system — enabling the MESA system to be installed on the mid-size 737-700 platform without significant impact to aircraft performance
  • An integrated identification friend or foe (IFF) function that shares the primary radar arrays to reduce weight, improve reliability, and simplify target correlation
  • Advanced open-system architecture with standards-based design for cost-effective integration and add-on flexibility

Australia, Turkey and South Korea have purchased 14 737 AEW&C systems.


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