737 AEW & C for Royal Air Force, first aircraft arrives in Birmingham | FlyTeam News

Royal Air Force Wedgetail AEW Mk1 Reconnaissance Aircraft Image

The aircraft, which will be introduced as the Royal Air Force Wedgetail AEW Mk1 reconnaissance aircraft, arrived at Birmingham Airport on Thursday, January 7, 2021. This aircraft is registered as the aircraft code (registration) “N946BC”, and was acquired by Boeing after being used as a VIP aircraft by Jinhua Airlines in China. The ferry flight departed from Delaware Coastal Airport in Georgetown, USA, and crossed the Atlantic Ocean via Bangor International Airport.

At Birmingham Airport, we will carry out various renovations so that the STS Aviation Service can be operated as an airborne early warning and control aircraft. STS and Boeing will be involved in this refurbishment program with more than 100 staff in Birmingham and more than 50 in Bristol and Yeovil. In addition to STS, Leonardo will deliver an integrated support system and Thales UK will deliver various systems to the wedge tail in the United Kingdom.

Refurbishment work on the aircraft itself is scheduled to begin in the summer and will be equipped with Northrop Grumman’s multirole electronic scanning array (MESA) radar. The radar will provide a 10-seat office space and various consoles for crew members responsible for surveillance and tracking activities.

Deployment to the Royal Air Force is scheduled for 2023. The 737 AEW & C has been introduced by the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF), the Republic of Korea Air Force, and the Turkish Air Force.

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