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Re: Britain Considers Boeing 737 AEW&C

Fri Oct 26, 2018 11:48 am

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Yes, I have seen pictures of the main cabin it’s the area behind the wing I’m curious about

Aah, sorry I misunderstood. That is just server and radar equipment space. Likely it is noisy and not very comfortable. I doubt the reason there aren't any pictures is that is it classified. More likely because they probably don't think people really have an interest in the server racks and data cabinets.
 
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Re: Britain Considers Boeing 737 AEW&C

Fri Oct 26, 2018 2:28 pm

Ozair wrote:
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Yes, I have seen pictures of the main cabin it’s the area behind the wing I’m curious about

Aah, sorry I misunderstood. That is just server and radar equipment space. Likely it is noisy and not very comfortable. I doubt the reason there aren't any pictures is that is it classified. More likely because they probably don't think people really have an interest in the server racks and data cabinets.


You can see what's in the back of the airplane here:

https://i.pinimg.com/originals/01/98/d7 ... ce8b64.jpg

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Re: Britain Considers Boeing 737 AEW&C

Sun Oct 28, 2018 9:50 pm

Thanks Oz and BT

The design allows for a lot of space
for future growth then and additional electronics judging from
that available space


Love those ‘Flight’ cutaways
 
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Re: Britain Considers Boeing 737 AEW&C

Tue Nov 06, 2018 12:51 pm

Leeham on 5th. November:

Nov. 5, 2018, © Leeham News:

"A UK defense publication reported late today (US time) that Boeing agreed to final assembly of the 737-based Wedgetail radar and surveillance airplane in the UK".

Any ideas where/how that might happen, anyone?


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Re: Britain Considers Boeing 737 AEW&C

Tue Nov 06, 2018 2:23 pm

There will be the new support facility for the P-8A the UK will be receiving next year. But that would be too far north.

All you need is a hangar bay that will fit a 737. The tooling for the mod was last used for Korea's Piece Eye and should be able to be shipped to the UK no prob. Those tooling did travel a bit. First Australia, then Turkey, Korea, now UK.

Anyone know where did Boeing modify those UK Apache and if that facility will fit a 737? If it can then that would be my guess.

By final assembly, what they mean is they will take a base 737 frame. They would then cut/remove the crown of the 46 section and replace that section with a pre-fab section that contains the interface for the NG radar. During this time, they would stuff the main cabin and lower lobe with the electronic racks and gobs of wiring, additional fuel tanks etc . . .

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Re: Britain Considers Boeing 737 AEW&C

Wed Nov 07, 2018 2:13 am

The E-7 has supplementary fuel tanks ?
 
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Re: Britain Considers Boeing 737 AEW&C

Wed Nov 07, 2018 1:55 pm

I believe so, they are located just forward and aft of the wing box/MLG. They can be seen as pink in the cut-a-way.

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Thu Nov 08, 2018 1:20 am

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I believe so, they are located just forward and aft of the wing box/MLG. They can be seen as pink in the cut-a-way.

bt



Interesting, I know the P8 with its
supplementary tanks has the same total
fuel capacity as a B757 which is impressive
and explains its long endurance


I wonder if the E7 with it’s shorter fuselage
with less space for tanks comes close to that fuel capacity
 
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Re: Britain Considers Boeing 737 AEW&C

Thu Nov 08, 2018 2:35 pm

Looks like the E-7 have fewer aux tanks. The large radar sail would also increase the fuel burn. However, operation environment of the E-7 would include tanker support where as the P-8A are often out there by their lonesome.

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Thu Nov 08, 2018 11:48 pm

Imagine that large antenna would
create a lot of drag, wonder how that compares to the ‘frisbee’ on the older AWACs
 
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Re: Britain Considers Boeing 737 AEW&C

Fri Nov 09, 2018 11:39 am

bikerthai wrote:
There will be the new support facility for the P-8A the UK will be receiving next year. But that would be too far north.

All you need is a hangar bay that will fit a 737. The tooling for the mod was last used for Korea's Piece Eye and should be able to be shipped to the UK no prob. Those tooling did travel a bit. First Australia, then Turkey, Korea, now UK.

Anyone know where did Boeing modify those UK Apache and if that facility will fit a 737? If it can then that would be my guess.

By final assembly, what they mean is they will take a base 737 frame. They would then cut/remove the crown of the 46 section and replace that section with a pre-fab section that contains the interface for the NG radar. During this time, they would stuff the main cabin and lower lobe with the electronic racks and gobs of wiring, additional fuel tanks etc . . .

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Thanks! Very easy to visualise,

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Re: Britain Considers Boeing 737 AEW&C

Fri Nov 16, 2018 2:39 pm

Sometimes you just have to admire a sensible decision:

https://www.defensenews.com/air/2018/11 ... wedgetail/

“In considering the E-7 Wedgetail , there was such a clear distinction over any other options it was felt that running any type of competition would unnecessarily consume MoD and industry resources, whilst the gap between U.K. capability and the evolving threat would be expected to widen,”



Andrew said there were “fundamental issues with the Airbus/Saab solution that, in our view, make it incompatible with the pressing need,”


And here is a tidbit on where it will be modified:

In addition Cambridge-based Marshall Aerospace and Defence is likely to undertake the work of modifying the 737 airliners to the AEW configuration.


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Re: Britain Considers Boeing 737 AEW&C

Fri Nov 16, 2018 7:07 pm

bikerthai wrote:
Sometimes you just have to admire a sensible decision:

https://www.defensenews.com/air/2018/11 ... wedgetail/

“In considering the E-7 Wedgetail , there was such a clear distinction over any other options it was felt that running any type of competition would unnecessarily consume MoD and industry resources, whilst the gap between U.K. capability and the evolving threat would be expected to widen,”



Andrew said there were “fundamental issues with the Airbus/Saab solution that, in our view, make it incompatible with the pressing need,”


And here is a tidbit on where it will be modified:

In addition Cambridge-based Marshall Aerospace and Defence is likely to undertake the work of modifying the 737 airliners to the AEW configuration.


bt


I think that is reasonable by the UK. I'm sure if there were no issues with the Airbus/Saab offer, it would've been very competitive. But as it stands, the UK gets a ready-made, in-service and proven solution instead of having to potential rewrite the book on AEW with a new platform.
 
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Re: Britain Considers Boeing 737 AEW&C

Fri Nov 16, 2018 9:22 pm

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I think that is reasonable by the UK. I'm sure if there were no issues with the Airbus/Saab offer,


There was a risk with the Saab proposal with the second radar at the front of the aircraft. That second radar could pose a aerodynamic stability issue that would need to be addressed (through analysis and flight tests - potentially more delays). Similar to how a forward canard create instability in a fighter aircraft.

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Re: Britain Considers Boeing 737 AEW&C

Sat Nov 17, 2018 6:46 am

Good decision


Another good decision would be to add a boom to their tankers


C17

E3D

RC135

P8

A330

C130


And soon the E7 are all large RAF aircraft more suited and effectively refueled with
the far faster boom
 
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Re: Britain Considers Boeing 737 AEW&C

Fri Nov 30, 2018 8:17 am

neutronstar73 wrote:
bikerthai wrote:
Sometimes you just have to admire a sensible decision:

https://www.defensenews.com/air/2018/11 ... wedgetail/

“In considering the E-7 Wedgetail , there was such a clear distinction over any other options it was felt that running any type of competition would unnecessarily consume MoD and industry resources, whilst the gap between U.K. capability and the evolving threat would be expected to widen,”



Andrew said there were “fundamental issues with the Airbus/Saab solution that, in our view, make it incompatible with the pressing need,”


And here is a tidbit on where it will be modified:

In addition Cambridge-based Marshall Aerospace and Defence is likely to undertake the work of modifying the 737 airliners to the AEW configuration.


bt


I think that is reasonable by the UK. I'm sure if there were no issues with the Airbus/Saab offer, it would've been very competitive. But as it stands, the UK gets a ready-made, in-service and proven solution instead of having to potential rewrite the book on AEW with a new platform.


Well, hard to see how there were able to come to the conclusion of "fundamental issues" etc without even visiting the factories or flying the solutions proposed:

UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) procurement officials did not carry out test flights in rival Swedish or Israeli products before selecting the Boeing E-7 Wedgetail airborne early warning (AEW) aircraft, according to a document released to Jane's under a Freedom of Information (FOI) request on 27 November.

The document also reveals that the Royal Air Force (RAF) Air Command Airborne Warning and Control System Capability Sustainment Programme Team, which runs the project to replace the UK's fleet of six Boeing E-3D Sentry radar aircraft, did not visit any of the factories where the contenders build and integrate their AEW aircraft.


https://www.janes.com/article/84902/uk-did-not-fly-wedgetail-rivals-mod-reveals
 
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Re: Britain Considers Boeing 737 AEW&C

Fri Nov 30, 2018 1:04 pm

Flying-Tiger wrote:
neutronstar73 wrote:
bikerthai wrote:
Sometimes you just have to admire a sensible decision:

https://www.defensenews.com/air/2018/11 ... wedgetail/






And here is a tidbit on where it will be modified:



bt


I think that is reasonable by the UK. I'm sure if there were no issues with the Airbus/Saab offer, it would've been very competitive. But as it stands, the UK gets a ready-made, in-service and proven solution instead of having to potential rewrite the book on AEW with a new platform.


Well, hard to see how there were able to come to the conclusion of "fundamental issues" etc without even visiting the factories or flying the solutions proposed:

UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) procurement officials did not carry out test flights in rival Swedish or Israeli products before selecting the Boeing E-7 Wedgetail airborne early warning (AEW) aircraft, according to a document released to Jane's under a Freedom of Information (FOI) request on 27 November.

The document also reveals that the Royal Air Force (RAF) Air Command Airborne Warning and Control System Capability Sustainment Programme Team, which runs the project to replace the UK's fleet of six Boeing E-3D Sentry radar aircraft, did not visit any of the factories where the contenders build and integrate their AEW aircraft.


https://www.janes.com/article/84902/uk-did-not-fly-wedgetail-rivals-mod-reveals



See Reply #64 above by BikerThai.
 
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Re: Britain Considers Boeing 737 AEW&C

Fri Nov 30, 2018 2:25 pm

Flying-Tiger wrote:
Well, hard to see how there were able to come to the conclusion of "fundamental issues" etc without even visiting the factories or flying the solutions proposed:


The fundamental issues has nothing to do with the factories. What the factories do is tell you how well/efficient you can put the plane together. Factory visit would not make sense either way because the plan is to set up a mod facility in the UK anyway. Besides, the E-7 do not have a current factory to be compared. :boggled:

There was already rumbling that the Israeli proposal would have been too small for the UK needs (smaller radar and lack of space for battle space management needs). The Swedish proposal would have plenty of space, but has other issues as mentioned above (both acquisition and development).

The one thing about the E-7 is you can train the crew the RAAF while the plane is being mod so you do not loose months getting up to speed with your own frame.



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Re: Britain Considers Boeing 737 AEW&C

Fri Mar 22, 2019 11:58 am

Official confirmation of five aircraft on order: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/mult ... r-aircraft

Strange that they are using the E-7 Wedgetail name, given that it’s specific to Australia.
 
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Re: Britain Considers Boeing 737 AEW&C

Fri Mar 22, 2019 1:14 pm

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Official confirmation of five aircraft on order: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/mult ... r-aircraft

Strange that they are using the E-7 Wedgetail name, given that it’s specific to Australia.


The E-7 Wedgetail was co-developed by Boeing and the RAAF an have been sold to Turkey and Korea. The RAAF has rights to some intellectual information which allow for them to earn $$ on each sale. The UK may benefit if the RAAF wave the fees for the data.

:old: When Boeing was developing the aircraft, I recall several Australian nationals working with the Boeing design team. One in particular was building a mini jet engine or was it a mini rocket nozzel in his apartment. :sly:

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Re: Britain Considers Boeing 737 AEW&C

Mon Mar 25, 2019 5:17 pm

7 replaced by 5, that’s a bit of a down grade isn’t it.
 
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Re: Britain Considers Boeing 737 AEW&C

Mon Mar 25, 2019 5:36 pm

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7 replaced by 5, that’s a bit of a down grade isn’t it.


Not if they can only fly half of the 7 that they have. :duck:
The operational reliability of the 737 Wedgetail is well documented by the RAAF, so the RAF would have a good sense on how 5 frames would perform with their operation tempo. :wink2:

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Mon Mar 25, 2019 11:46 pm

bikerthai wrote:
Kiwirob wrote:
7 replaced by 5, that’s a bit of a down grade isn’t it.


Not if they can only fly half of the 7 that they have. :duck:
The operational reliability of the 737 Wedgetail is well documented by the RAAF, so the RAF would have a good sense on how 5 frames would perform with their operation tempo. :wink2:

bt

I doubt five will be enough for the UK to sustain their own capability for a protracted period. Five aircraft would translate to one aircraft in a training unit, one aircraft down for maintenance and three available for operations. That essentially gives you one aircraft available for airborne operations at any one time and I expect they wouldn’t be able to run 24 hour coverage for more than a few days. Seven aircraft (with five available for ops) would allow the RAF to maintain one orbit 24/7 for a long time or maintain two orbits in a surge capacity.

The average RAAF sortie time for Middle East operations was 12 hours 15 minutes which would include transit to and from the airspace.
 
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Re: Britain Considers Boeing 737 AEW&C

Tue Mar 26, 2019 1:40 am

Curious if there are any speed / Mach limitations imposed by that large radar fairing ?
 
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Tue Mar 26, 2019 11:51 am

If the UK really want to optimize their utilization, then they could do most of the training with the RAAF. I read that the RAF crew are already training there now.
 
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Tue Mar 26, 2019 1:43 pm

Is it true that the RAAF only took six frames? I thought they had seven. If they only have six frames, and if one of them is used for training, then they would have 5 in rotation. So if the operation tempo of the RAF is similar to the RAAF, and they both share the one frame for training, then the 5 frames would seem to be right (specially if budget is an issue).

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Curious if there are any speed / Mach limitations imposed by that large radar fairing ?


I would not believe Wiki on speed and cruise. The sail create extra drag which reduces top/cruise speed and max ceiling. Don't know the value though.

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Tue Mar 26, 2019 8:13 pm

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The operational reliability of the 737 Wedgetail is well documented by the RAAF, so the RAF would have a good sense on how 5 frames would perform with their operation tempo.


Reliability data is irrelevant to the MoD / RAF who have managed to run the Sentry fleet into disrepair after years of underfunding and neglect.

Meanwhile NATO who took their first Sentry a decade earlier will continue with them until 2035.

Buying Wedgetails is just a cop-out to hide the real issue; the RAF can't sustain a fleet in good condition. 20 years from now they'll be back in the same position.
 
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Wed Mar 27, 2019 12:32 am

bikerthai wrote:
If the UK really want to optimize their utilization, then they could do most of the training with the RAAF. I read that the RAF crew are already training there now.

It is pretty unlikely that the RAF would conduct all their training with the RAAF. The initial lead in stuff definitely but once they have sufficient jets available in the UK they will almost certainly train their own crews in the UK.

bikerthai wrote:
Is it true that the RAAF only took six frames? I thought they had seven. If they only have six frames, and if one of them is used for training, then they would have 5 in rotation. So if the operation tempo of the RAF is similar to the RAAF, and they both share the one frame for training, then the 5 frames would seem to be right (specially if budget is an issue).

bt

Yes the RAAF only acquired six airframes. I remember news reports back in the middle 2000s that seven was the optimal number for fleet rotation and persistence of coverage. Even then the initial order was four with three options and I believe one of the compensations for the contractual performance issues and late delivery was that sixth airframe.
 
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The E-3Ds are only difficult because of neglect. In fact they should be the most reliable E-3 fleet in the word. They have the CFMs and if the Uk would have up-graded the avionics together with the US and NATO the reliability probles would be much reduced.

Last I saw? The UK was fully capable of developing and deploying it's own avionics. If they need help? They have only to ASK and they would receive.
 
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Last I saw? The UK was fully capable of developing and deploying it's own avionics. If they need help? They have only to ASK and they would receive.


They'd need to ASK and PAY. The latter was the problem; successive sustainment and upgrade projects for the RAF Sentry were cancelled to redirect funds elsewhere. The MoD didn't even follow the recommendation to replace the polyimide wiring insulation that all other Sentry operators did despite this being a flight-safety issue. Several RAF Tornados were lost due to insulation failure and the RAF Sentry fleet has been grounded on several occasions for the same reason.

Planned Sentry retirement dates: USAF 2040, France 2038, NATO 2035, Saudi ??
 
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strfyr51 wrote:
Last I saw? The UK was fully capable of developing and deploying it's own avionics. If they need help? They have only to ASK and they would receive.


They'd need to ASK and PAY. The latter was the problem; successive sustainment and upgrade projects for the RAF Sentry were cancelled to redirect funds elsewhere. The MoD didn't even follow the recommendation to replace the polyimide wiring insulation that all other Sentry operators did despite this being a flight-safety issue. Several RAF Tornados were lost due to insulation failure and the RAF Sentry fleet has been grounded on several occasions for the same reason.

Planned Sentry retirement dates: USAF 2040, France 2038, NATO 2035, Saudi ??


When I first heard about the RAF getting E-7's I did think 'why?' The RAF have one of the newer Sentry fleets after all.
Thanks for the clarification, clearly a case of penny wise and pound foolish.
Inherent in the UK, not just in government, MoD or the RAF either.
 
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Re: Britain Considers Boeing 737 AEW&C

Thu Mar 28, 2019 9:13 pm

A small benefit to Australian Industry from the British acquisition of the E-7A.

Australian industry to benefit from RAF E-7 acquisition

The Australian government has stated that the UK’s selection of the E-7A as its airborne early warning and control (AEW&C) replacement is expected to generate 100 jobs at Boeing Defence Australia in Brisbane and Newcastle.

Furthermore, more than 200 Australian companies are involved in the Royal Australian Air Force’s (RAAF’s) acquisition and sustainment of the E-7A, and they will be available to contribute to the supply chain for the UK Royal Air Force (RAF) procurement.

On 23 March the UK government committed USD1.98 billion to the acquisition of five aircraft, closing the debate within the country over which platform would replace the Boeing E-3A Sentry fleet that is approaching the end of its service life.

https://www.janes.com/article/87466/aus ... cquisition
 
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Fri May 17, 2019 9:47 am

Apparently two of the five will be built from used frames: https://www.janes.com/article/88545/uk- ... -c-project

I think this is much easier for the E-7 than the P-8 as all E-7 were built as commercial 737-700s, before being modified, rather than being built as dedicated frames from the start like the P-8. You can see the standard passenger windows blanked off on the E-7, and not there on the P-8.
 
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Fri May 17, 2019 11:06 am

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Apparently two of the five will be built from used frames: https://www.janes.com/article/88545/uk- ... -c-project

I think this is much easier for the E-7 than the P-8 as all E-7 were built as commercial 737-700s, before being modified, rather than being built as dedicated frames from the start like the P-8. You can see the standard passenger windows blanked off on the E-7, and not there on the P-8.

Makes a lot of sense, not only a shorter time to get the conversion happening but converted E-7 probably won't run out of hours, the current fleet likely has plenty of hours left, so low hour airframes will still have ample life left for the next 30 years.
 
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Does anyone know which two civil airframes have been acquired by the MOD for the first two E-7s?
 
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Wed May 20, 2020 9:54 pm

brindabella wrote:
Leeham on 5th. November:

Nov. 5, 2018, © Leeham News:

"A UK defense publication reported late today (US time) that Boeing agreed to final assembly of the 737-based Wedgetail radar and surveillance airplane in the UK".

Any ideas where/how that might happen, anyone?


cheers


Interesting change announced to the UK location for conversion of the 737NG to the E-7, not sure why Marshall had the work taken from them.

Boeing expands Wedgetail team for UK

...

The prime contractor for the Royal Air Force’s (RAF’s) procurement of five Wedgetail AEW1 aircraft said that it has now signed up STS Aviation Services and Leonardo as the latest companies to be involved in the UK programme.

STS Aviation Services will be responsible for converting ‘green’ 737 Next-Generation (NG) airliners into Wedgetails at its site in Birmingham (this work had previously been earmarked for Marshall Aerospace and Defence Group before the switch for unspecified reasons). Leonardo will be responsible for delivering the aircraft’s DAS, part of which it will subcontract to Thales UK for its Elix-IR threat warning system and Vicon XF ‘intelligent’ countermeasures dispensing system.

...

https://www.janes.com/defence-news/news ... 0b0cf8980d
 
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Re: UK Boeing E-7 Early Warning Radar Aircraft News and Discussion Thread

Fri Sep 25, 2020 11:15 pm

Looks like the UK may reduce their E-7 order to just three aircraft. Would be shocking and I agree with the Defence analyst quoted below that even five was the bare minimum for the UK and three would take it below 24 hour coverage (for a shot period of time) and become an expensive but useless asset.

Cash-strapped Britain eyes shrinking its order of new early-warning planes

Britain is poised to cut an order for Boeing E-7 Wedgetails, with the airborne early warning and control aircraft possibly becoming the first confirmed victim of the government’s upcoming integrated defense review.

Negotiations between Boeing and the Ministry of Defence have been underway since mid-summer over a possible reduction in Wedgetail numbers from five to three, or possibly four, aircraft as part of a wider cost-cutting exercise.

...

“Personally, I regard this as little short of insanity. … To guarantee 27/7 capability requires that the UK has a minimum of five airframes. Potentially reducing the number to three would have very serious consequences and if this really has already been decided it needs to be reconsidered very quickly. Assured 24/7 AWACS capability is not just an option – it is an absolute necessity,” said Wheeldon.

https://www.defensenews.com/global/euro ... ng-planes/
 
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Mon Sep 28, 2020 8:00 am

I think 3 aircraft will still be very useful.

The RAAF has six wedgetail to provide 24/7 coverage at two locations but with the ability to surge to three locations. The RAF wanted five aircraft to provide coverage at two locations only. Providing one aircraft doesn't have a major technical issue 3 aircraft should easily provide the RAF with 24 hour coverage at a single spot. Considering the size difference between the U.K and Australia three aircraft is fine.

Even if one of the three aircraft does have a major technical issue two aircraft could just rotate on and off for quite some time. The reliability of the 737NG in commercial service has shown it is more than capable of flying 12 hours per day for very long periods.
 
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Re: UK Boeing E-7 Early Warning Radar Aircraft News and Discussion Thread

Tue Sep 29, 2020 10:43 pm

RJMAZ wrote:
I think 3 aircraft will still be very useful.

The RAAF has six wedgetail to provide 24/7 coverage at two locations but with the ability to surge to three locations. The RAF wanted five aircraft to provide coverage at two locations only. Providing one aircraft doesn't have a major technical issue 3 aircraft should easily provide the RAF with 24 hour coverage at a single spot. Considering the size difference between the U.K and Australia three aircraft is fine.

Even if one of the three aircraft does have a major technical issue two aircraft could just rotate on and off for quite some time. The reliability of the 737NG in commercial service has shown it is more than capable of flying 12 hours per day for very long periods.

3 aircraft would not allow 24/7 coverage, any Air Force worth their salt is running via the rule of three so one aircraft available for every three in the orbat. It may allow 24 hour coverage for a few days but not 7 as "24/7" suggests. It is less about 737 reliability and more about crew size and mission equipment reliability. The E-7 is generally limited to 16 hour missions and while the RAAF have gone past that on one occasion doing 17 hours it certainly isn't the norm.
 
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Re: UK Boeing E-7 Early Warning Radar Aircraft News and Discussion Thread

Wed Sep 30, 2020 8:15 am

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It is less about 737 reliability and more about crew size and mission equipment reliability.

The wedgetail has been exceptionally reliable in RAAF service. It would not surprise me if this reliability is one of the main reasons the RAF is reducing this order.

As a result the RAF can keep a similar number of crew but reduce the number of aircraft with no reduction in capability. The primary limit is the crew, with enough crew the RAF could surge to have all 3 wedgetail in the air for most of the day and they could land one at a time to swap crew and refuel.

The chances of one of the aircraft being in heavy maintenance and a second aircraft then having an equipment failure is very unlikely. Heavy maintenance would be postponed if tensions are escalating.

This is not an E-3 with 1960's engine technology.
 
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Re: UK Boeing E-7 Early Warning Radar Aircraft News and Discussion Thread

Wed Sep 30, 2020 12:48 pm

Well, Japan have Only 4 767 AWACs for 360 degrees coverage. The UK only need to cover the northern and western approaches. So 3 is doable.

With the US looking toward a distributed system, it may be their plan to crutch it for a while and supplement the 3 with UAVs in the future.

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Re: UK Boeing E-7 Early Warning Radar Aircraft News and Discussion Thread

Fri Nov 20, 2020 9:53 am

Update with no mention of a reduction to 3 aircraft;
https://www.janes.com/defence-news/news ... onversions
 
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Re: UK Boeing E-7 Early Warning Radar Aircraft News and Discussion Thread

Fri Nov 20, 2020 1:11 pm

Just a little tidbit. The E-7 program was co-debeloped with Australian money. So I believe some of the profit goes back to Australia.

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Re: UK Boeing E-7 Early Warning Radar Aircraft News and Discussion Thread

Fri Nov 20, 2020 11:43 pm

I hope Canada follows suit and purchases the E-7A. I would see it as a major force multiplier for the RCAF's domestic sovereignty mission and would represent a substantial contribution to overseas coalition A2AD missions.
 
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Re: UK Boeing E-7 Early Warning Radar Aircraft News and Discussion Thread

Sat Nov 21, 2020 12:32 am

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Leslieville » 20 Nov 2020 23:43

I hope Canada follows suit and purchases the E-7A


Wouldn't they do better getting a P-3 replacement rather than getting an E-7?

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Re: UK Boeing E-7 Early Warning Radar Aircraft News and Discussion Thread

Sat Nov 21, 2020 4:31 am

bikerthai wrote:
Leslieville wrote:
Leslieville » 20 Nov 2020 23:43

I hope Canada follows suit and purchases the E-7A


Wouldn't they do better getting a P-3 replacement rather than getting an E-7?

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Both. We need a replacement for the P3 Orion/Aurora (the P8 Poseidon) and there's a need for long-range AWACS (the E-7A Wedgetail would make sense), which is a capability Canada wholly lacks. I don't mean to hijack this thread. It just seemed like a comment worth adding.
 
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Re: UK Boeing E-7 Early Warning Radar Aircraft News and Discussion Thread

Sat Nov 21, 2020 5:08 am

Leslieville wrote:
bikerthai wrote:
Leslieville wrote:
Leslieville » 20 Nov 2020 23:43

I hope Canada follows suit and purchases the E-7A


Wouldn't they do better getting a P-3 replacement rather than getting an E-7?

bt


Both. We need a replacement for the P3 Orion/Aurora (the P8 Poseidon) and there's a need for long-range AWACS (the E-7A Wedgetail would make sense), which is a capability Canada wholly lacks. I don't mean to hijack this thread. It just seemed like a comment worth adding.

I think for AWACS Canada is going a different route. They have the USAF to call on via NORAD for AWACS support and instead are looking to have better wide area situational awareness of the polar region via small satellites and OTHR.

Canadian Arctic Security Increasing with Acquisition of Three Satellites and Polar Radars

The Department of National Defence has awarded two contracts valued at $46.2M from the All Domain Situational Awareness Science & Technology Program for three microsatellites and two polar radars.

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https://spaceq.ca/canadian-arctic-secur ... ar-radars/
 
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Re: UK Boeing E-7 Early Warning Radar Aircraft News and Discussion Thread

Wed Dec 23, 2020 9:38 am

I think this positioning of the UK E-7s has surprised a number of people including me. Waddington was the home of UK AWACS since 1991, is the RAF ISTAR hub and will now lose both the Sentinels and the Sentry in the next few years. It does make sense to have the whole 737 based fleet in a single location. Lossiemouth also hosts a Eurofighter QRA so should see some good integration between the units.

UK to base Wedgetails at RAF Lossiemouth

The United Kingdom is to base its fleet of five Boeing E-7A Wedgetail airborne early warning Mk1 (AEW1) aircraft at Royal Air Force (RAF) Lossiemouth in Scotland, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced on 18 December.

The aircraft, to be delivered from 2023 to 2025, will be co-located at the station with the RAF’s fleet of nine Boeing P-8A Poseidon MRA1 maritime multimission aircraft, helping with the support and operation of both Boeing 737-based platforms.

“The Wedgetail will be co-located with the new Poseidon fleet, with the first four submarine-hunting aircraft already providing essential operational support in the area,” the MoD said. “Operating both fleets of Boeing 737 type aircraft from the same location will further harness RAF Lossiemouth’s strategic location and take advantage of the new GBP100 million [USD135 million] state-of-the-art facility and the recent GBP75 million runway upgrade.”

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https://www.janes.com/defence-news/news ... ossiemouth

Wouldn't want Scotland to leave the UK in a couple of years though...
 
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Re: UK Boeing E-7 Early Warning Radar Aircraft News and Discussion Thread

Wed Dec 23, 2020 11:03 am

Ozair wrote:
Wouldn't want Scotland to leave the UK in a couple of years though...


I'm sure if that happens, uncle sam can pitch in some dough to get a long term lease agreement. :stirthepot:

And who's going to refuse the economic benefit generated by the base?

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