E-7 Wedgetail

E-7 Wedgetail
E-7 airborne early warning and control aircraft | Image credit: US Department of Defense

Type: Airborne Early Warning & Control (AEW&C) aircraft

Manufacturer: Boeing Defense, Space & Security, Boeing Commercial Airplanes

Country of Origin: United States

Operators: Royal Australian Air Force, Turkish Air Force, Republic of Korea Air Force

First Flight: 2005 | Introduction: 2009

Number Built: 14

Crew: Pilot, co-pilot and airborne electronics analysts and mission specialists

Weight: 77,565 kg (maximum take-off weight), 60,782 kg (maximum landing weight) | Length: 33.06 m | Wingspan: 35.8 m | Height: 12.5 m

On-board Systems: Multi-role electronically scanned array (MESA) radar with a range in excess of 400km; Electronic warfare self-protection measures including directed infra-red counter-measures, chaff and flares; Communication systems including HF, VHF, UHF, Link-11, Link-16, UHF SATCOM and ICS; 10 mission consoles

Engine: 2 × CFM International CFM56-7 turbofans (118.4kN (27,300lb) thrust each)

Cruise Speed: 530 mph (853 km/h)

Range: 3,500 nmi (6,500 km)

Ceiling: 41,000 ft