Boeing delivered the fourth and final 737 Peace Eagle Airborne Early Warning & Control (AEW&C) aircraft to the Turkish Air Force at Konya Air Base on December 9. This completed the Turkish AEW&C fleet and enhanced Turkey’s airspace surveillance and battle management capabilities. The four Turkish Peace Eagles are flown by 131 Filo at Konya.
This final aircraft includes upgraded software for the platform and the final element of the ground support segment, the Software Support Center (SSC). Previously delivered Peace Eagles will receive the upgraded software shortly.
Boeing worked with Turkish industry partners Turkish Aerospace Industries, Turkish Airlines, Havelsan and Aselsan to complete the delivery of the final aircraft as well as establish technology capabilities such as the Software Support Center, updated mission simulator software and mission support centre software.
“Turkey is currently the only nation in this region with the AEW&C capability. By combining Boeing’s innovative engineering with the expertise provided by local Turkish industry partners, we’ve delivered an advanced world-class airborne surveillance system to our customer,” said Aysem Sargin Isil, managing director, Boeing Turkey.
Turkey, Australia and South Korea all operate Boeing 737 AEW&C platforms, which are based on Boeing’s 737-700 commercial aircraft. Its advanced radar and ten state-of-the-art mission crew consoles can track airborne and maritime targets simultaneously. The battle management capabilities allow mission crew to direct offensive and defensive forces while maintaining continuous surveillance of the operational area. Alan Warnes