E-7A Wedgetail

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

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

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

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

About the Aircraft

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 state-of-the-art mission crew consoles which can track airborne and maritime targets simultaneously.

It is a highly advanced aircraft, providing an airborne early warning and control platform that can gather information from a wide variety of sources, analyse it, and distribute it to other assets.

The E-7A Wedgetail can:

  • control the tactical battle space;
  • provide direction for assets in the air, at sea and on land; and
  • support aircraft such as tankers and intelligence platforms.

Specifications

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