The Republic of Korea has received its first airborne early warning and control system (AWACS) aircraft, according to the Defence Acquisition Programme Administration (DAPA).

The DAPA said the E-737 aircraft could be equipped with an electronically scanned radar antenna, and can identify and monitor up to 1,000 airborne or surface targets at a time.

“It will be capable of checking airborne or seaborne targets on the entire Korean Peninsula, and will be able to catch aircraft flying at low altitude infiltrating mountainous areas,” it added.

“It will go through test flights and acceptance tests before it’s handed over to our air force in early September.”

In 2006, South Korea awarded Boeing a $1.6bn contract for the purchase of four E-737s, according to the Yonhap news agency.