Royal Australian Air Force Aircraft
E-7A Wedgetail

The E-7A Wedgetail represents an entirely new capability for the Australian Defence Force, providing an airborne early warning and control (AEW&C) platform that will gather information from a wide variety of sources, analyse it and distribute it to all friendly air and surface assets.

Air Force’s six E-7A Wedgetails can control the tactical battle space, providing direction for fighter aircraft, surface combatants and land based elements, as well as supporting aircraft such as tankers and intelligence platforms.

Based on the 737-700 commercial airliner airframe, the E-7A Wedgetail features advanced multirole electronically scanned radar and 10 state-of-the-art mission crew consoles that are able to track airborne and maritime targets simultaneously.

The E-7A Wedgetail can elevate its radar to 10,000 metres above the earth’s surface so that the radar can ‘see’ everything out to a range of hundreds of kilometres. With a cruising altitude of 10,000 metres, the E-7A Wedgetail can maintain surveillance over a surface area of 400,000 square kilometres at any given time. Over a 10-hour mission, the Wedgetail could cover over four million square kilometres.

The E-7A Wedgetail significantly multiplies the effectiveness of our existing Navy, Army and Air Force, and will help Australia maintain a capability edge well into the future.

The E-7A Wedgetail aircraft are operated by No 2 Squadron from RAAF Base Williamtown.

Initial Operational Capability for the E-7A Wedgetail platform was announced in November 2012.

Manufacturer Boeing
Role Airborne early warning and control
Crew Pilot, co-pilot and airborne electronics analysts and mission specialists
Engine Two CFM International CFM56-7 turbofans (27,300 lb thrust each)
Airframe Length 33.6 m, height 12.6 m
Wingspan 34.3 m
Weight Maximum take-off weight 77,565 kg, maximum landing weight 60,782 kg
Speed Maximum 955 km/h, cruise 760 km/h
Range 7,040 km
Ceiling 41,000 feet
Equipment
  • Multi-role electronically scanned array (MESA) radar with range in excess of 400km
  • Electronic warfare self-protection measures including directed infra-red counter-measures, chaff and flares
  • Communication systems including HF, VHF, UHF, Link-11, Link-16, UHF SATCOM and ICS
  • 10 mission consoles