Turkey has received the last of the four Peace Eagle Airborne Early Warning & Control (AEW&C) aircraft from Boeing, strengthening its airspace surveillance.
Based on Boeing’s 737-700 commercial airplane, the AEW&C aircraft is equipped with advanced radar and 10 mission crew consoles to track airborne and maritime targets simultaneously.
The mission crew can guide the fighting forces while maintaining continuous surveillance of the operational area.
Peace Eagle is equipped with Northrop Grumman’s multi-role electronically scanned array antenna with integrated identification friend-or-foe capabilities.
The aircraft has a flight crew of two and can accommodate a mission crew of up to ten.
Turkey’s Peace Eagle programme includes ground support segments for mission crew training, mission support and system maintenance.
Delivered at the fleet’s main operating base Konya Air Base in Turkey, the fourth Peace Eagle includes upgraded software for the platform and the final element of the ground support segment, the Software Support Center (SSC).
The previous three aircraft will undergo the software upgrade soon.
Boeing delivered the first Peace Eagle in February 2014, and the other two by September that year.
The AEW&C platforms are currently in use with Turkey, Australia and South Korea.
Boeing Turkey managing director Aysem Sargin Isil said: "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."
Boeing worked with local partners Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI), Turkish Airlines, Havelsan and Aselsan.
The first 737 was modified at Boeing’s facilities in Seattle, US, while the remaining three were done at TAI’s plants in Ankara.
Image: The Peace Eagle. Photo: Courtesy of Boeing.