Royal Australian Air Force Aircraft
E-7A Wedgetail

The E-7A Wedgetail provides Australia with one of the most advanced air battlespace management capabilities in the world.

The E-7A Wedgetail is based on a Boeing 737-700, with the addition of an advanced Multi-Role Electronically Scanned Array (MESA) radar and 10 mission crew consoles, to create one of the most advanced pieces of technology for the Australian Defence Force.

Based at RAAF Base Williamtown, the six E-7A Wedgetails are capable of communicating with other aircraft and providing air control from the sky. They can cover four million square kilometres during a single 10 hour mission.

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 can gather information from a wide variety of sources, analyse it and distribute it to other air and surface assets.

The E-7A Wedgetail 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 multi role 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 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 has participated in Exercise Bersama Lima, Exercise Cope North, Exercise Red Flag, Exercise Pitch Black and is currently deployed on Operation OKRA.

Final Operational Capability for the E-7A Wedgetail platform was announced in May 2015.

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
  • 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