E-7A Wedgetail

The E-7A Wedgetail provides Australia with one of the most advanced airspace battle management capabilities in the world. The Wedgetail’s ability to coordinate a joint air, sea and land battle in real time significantly increases the effectiveness of the Australian Defence Force (ADF).

Operated by No. 2 Squadron, Air Force’s 6 E-7A Wedgetail aircraft are based at RAAF Base Williamtown, near Newcastle.

Based on the Boeing 737-700 series aircraft, the Wedgetail has been modified for the modern battlespace. Simultaneous tracking of airborne and maritime targets is made possible through the addition of:

  • an advanced Northrop Grumman Multi-Role Electronically Scanned Array (MESA) radar
  • 10 state-of-the-art mission crew consoles.

The Wedgetail combines long-range surveillance radar, secondary radar and tactical/strategic voice and data communications systems to provide an airborne early warning and control platform.

During a standard mission, the E-7A Wedgetail can cover more than four million square kilometres, an area the size of Western Australia or the Northern Territory. It is capable of unlimited long-range deployment with in-flight refuelling.


Manufacturer Boeing
Role Airborne early warning and control
  • Pilot
  • Co-pilot
  • Air battle managers
  • Airborne electronics analysts
Length 33.6m
Height 12.6m
Wingspan 34.3m
  • Maximum take-off weight 77,565 kg 
  • Maximum landing weight 60,782 kg
Engines Two CFM International CFM56-7 turbofans (27,300 lb thrust each)
Range 7,040km
Ceiling 41,000 feet
  • Maximum 955 km/h
  • Cruise 760 km/h
  • Multi-role electronically scanned array (MESA) radar with range in excess of 400km
  • Electronic warfare self-protection measures
  • Communication systems including:
    • HF 
    • VHF 
    • UHF 
    • Link-11 
    • Link-16 
    • ICS
  • 10 mission consoles