First off I’d like to formally request closure for the old topic in relation to this one.
Photo credit: Boeing: Airborne Early Warning and Control
At this time, I’d like to reintroduce the IFC at large to the latest in Airborne Early Warning and Control (AEW&C) platforms the E-7A “Wedgetail”. What is so unique about this platform you might be asking? The E-7A provides versatile use for tracking multiple airborne and maritime tracks (targets). With its updated network of command and control functions (C2) the E-7A can see further and real world wise provide higher efficiency in determining command level reactions and decisions in realtime battle rhythms. The E-7A is currently in use by several nations which will covered below and with plans to expand could become a part of a host of other national air forces.
Republic of South Korea (ROKAF)
United Kingdom (RAF)
Noted Potential Customers:
United States (USAF)
Unite Arab Emirates (UAEAF)
Saudi Arabia (RSAF)
Why add the E-7A to IF
Adding the E-7A gives perspective and options to seeing a different world outside of the average aviation player’s like commercial, General and buisness aviation. It would diversify an already close net community to alow users to experience aircraft that would be restricted in most other cases.
The E-7A hosts a variety of unique capabilities that make this platform competitive to any C2 assets.
Air -to- Air Refueling provides extended use and longer on station/mission time
The Northrop Gurmman Multi-role Electronically Scanned Array or MESSA provides thr E-7A with 360 degree sensor coverage. (ATC capes/ dual control purpose aircraft)
The smaller Airframe allows for use of more unconventional airfield classes and access to remote areas where this platform is needed.
The E-7A is built on a 737-700 Increased Gross Weight (IGW) Airframe.
Techincal & Flight Data
Photo credit: File:B737 AEW&C Wedgetail (cropped).PNG - Wikipedia
Crew: mission: six to ten; flight: two
Capacity: 43,720 lb (19,830 kg)
Length: 110 ft 4 in (33.6 m)
Wingspan: 117 ft 2 in (35.8 m)
Height: 41 ft 2 in (12.5 m)
Wing area: 980 sq ft (91 m2)
Empty weight: 102,750 lb (46,606 kg)
Max takeoff weight: 171,000 lb (77,600 kg)
Powerplant: 2 × [CFM International]
[CFM56-7B27A] [turbofans], 27,300 lbf (121 kN) thrust each
Cruise speed: 530 mph (853 km/h, 460 kn)
Range: 4,000 mi (6,500 km, 3,500 nmi)
Service ceiling: 41,000 ft (12,500 m)
Thank you for your time and I humbly ask for your consideration in bringing this unique platform to the Infinite Flight skies. Cheers!