BAE Systems Australia wins E-7A Wedgetail contract extension

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BAE Systems Australia announced it will provide electronic warfare systems for E-7A Wedgetail aircraft with the Royal Australian Air Force under a two-year contract extension.

Under the terms of the two-year contract, BAE Systems will support Boeing Defence Australia’s Airborne Early Warning & Control (AEW&C) program’s Electronic Support Measures (ESM) and Electronic Warfare Self-Protection (EWSP) systems.

In a news release, the company said the RAAF maintains a fleet of six E-7A Wedgetail aircraft at RAAF Base Edinburgh for real-time early warning and control during joint air, land, and sea activities.

BAE Systems Australia’s defence delivery managing director, Andrew Gresham, stated that the firm will provide engineering, field services, supply, maintenance, and management support for the ESM and EWSP systems at its Edinburgh Parks location until 2028.

“For over 50 years, our company has collaborated with the ADF to deliver world-class electronic warfare systems and this achievement reinforces our position as a leader in this field,” he said.

Gresham added, “Our dedicated team has a deep understanding of the Wedgetail platform and we are committed to ensuring that it remains mission-ready at all times. We look forward to working closely with Boeing and the RAAF to continue delivering this key capability.”

BAE Systems said it has provided sustainment support for the Wedgetail fleet from its inception in 2011.

It also manufactures, maintains, and sustains work for the Hawk Lead-In Fighter and F-35 programs. 

The E-7A Wedgetail remains the ADF’s primary contribution to Australia’s national air defence capabilities.

The BAE Systems Australia Wedgetail Project Team is part of the world-leading Electronic Warfare Sensors and Effectors Program, which is situated in South Australia’s Edinburgh Parks.