Airborne Early Warning and Control System

The Airborne Early Warning & Control (AEWC) "Wedgetail" aircraft gathers information from a wide variety of sources, analyses it, and distributes it to all friendly air and surface assets. The Airborne Early Warning & Control aircraft controls the tactical battlespace, providing direction for fighter aircraft, surface combatants and land-based elements, as well as supporting aircraft such as tankers and intelligence platforms. It is a 'force multiplier' in many Defence and National tasks, enhancing the effectiveness of other capabilities. The AEWC System Program Office is responsible for the sustainment of the E-7A Wedgetail and is located at RAAF Base Williamtown.

AEWC sustainment is provided through a total logistics support contract including maintenance, engineering, supply and training services with Boeing Defence Australia. Boeing Defence Australia has key sub-contractor arrangements with Boeing Defence Space and Security as the original equipment manufacturer, BAE Systems for the electronic warfare and electronic support measures subsystems and Northrop Grumman for radar support.

Content is current as at December 2020.