Department of Defence

This project will provide the Australian Defence Force (ADF) with an upgrade to the Airborne Early Warning and Control (AEW&C) capability.

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Airborne Early Warning and Control System Upgrade

AIR5077 Phase 5A is an approved project intended to assure the E-7A Wedgetail’s near term ongoing capability requirements by fitting mandatory military and civil compliance upgrades. Key systems considered for upgrade include:

  • Identification Friend or Foe (IFF) transponder and interrogator
  • Cryptographic systems
  • Communications
  • Navigation / GPS systems


Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM) have been engaged to support design and integration of new capabilities introduced by Phase 5A into the E-7A weapon system. Through life support will be provided via extant arrangements with the existing AEWC industry base.

Content is current as at December 2020.

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