Boeing and the US government are urging South Korea to select a 737-based airborne early warning and control (AEW&C) system during a key acquisition meeting this week
Proposals from Boeing, offering the 737 with Northrop Grumman’s Mesa radar, and Israel Aircraft Industries (IAI), offering the Gulfstream G550 with Elta’s Phalcon radar integrated by US-based DRS Technologies, are being evaluated.
Sources say if the DAPA selects both teams for contract negotiations, IAI will almost certainly win because its business jet-based offer is less expensive.
But the US government is urging the administration to eliminate IAI, saying its team has not provided sufficient technical information and does not fully meet the requirement.
It looks like the US government is pressing the Korea to buy expensive Boeings AEWs.