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Wedgetail to be RAF's new AEW&C aircraft
« on: March 22, 2019, 22:41:12 »
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Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson has signed a $1.98Bn (£1.51Bn) deal to purchase five E-7 Wedgetail aircraft.  The E-7 fleet will replace the current E-3D Sentry aircraft and ensure the continued delivery of the UK’s Airborne Early Warning and Control (AEW&C) capability.

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Re: Wedgetail to be RAF's new AEW&C aircraft
« Reply #1 on: March 22, 2019, 23:00:47 »
I think a lot of folk were expecting this deal to be sidelined by the ongoing Brexit chaos.  Should be a major capability upgrade for the UK.

The defence secretary oversells the equipment commonality with Aus though: the RAAF will operate the F-35A, while the Hunter class will be very different in terms of combat systems and weapons than the UK Type 26.

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Re: Wedgetail to be RAF's new AEW&C aircraft
« Reply #2 on: March 23, 2019, 10:54:47 »
Maybe this means the RCAF will also upgrade its AWACS fleet soon!   :D
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Re: Wedgetail to be RAF's new AEW&C aircraft
« Reply #3 on: March 23, 2019, 11:18:56 »
Maybe this means the RCAF will also upgrade its AWACS fleet soon!   :D

Why, are the Australians selling their fleet, second hand?

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Re: Wedgetail to be RAF's new AEW&C aircraft
« Reply #4 on: March 23, 2019, 11:37:29 »
That is a very nice looking aircraft.
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Re: Wedgetail to be RAF's new AEW&C aircraft
« Reply #5 on: March 23, 2019, 17:08:31 »
Maybe this means the RCAF will also upgrade its AWACS fleet soon!   :D

How do you "upgrade" from none? 
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Re: Wedgetail to be RAF's new AEW&C aircraft
« Reply #6 on: March 25, 2019, 05:05:30 »
Truthfully, it would be nice to have an AEW&C platform of our own.  We could order the E-7 and use that to help in keeping the North free of Russian intrusion as well as help NATO and our allies elsewhere.
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Re: Wedgetail to be RAF's new AEW&C aircraft
« Reply #7 on: March 25, 2019, 07:13:39 »
How do you "upgrade" from none?

It's easy, just like all those "new and improved" product advertisements!   :D
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Re: Wedgetail to be RAF's new AEW&C aircraft
« Reply #8 on: March 25, 2019, 11:59:56 »
It's easy, just like all those "new and improved used" product advertisements!   :D

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