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Royal Air Force News Friday, April 5, 2019 P9


           News bulletin
                                     RAF lands £1.5 billion

                                     Boeing Wedgetail deal

                                     Simon Mander                   and control.”
                                                                      He said as part of the transition to
                                     THE RAF is to get five new  E-7, the E-3D fleet will be cut from
                                     surveillance aircraft to replace its  from six to four by removing two
                                     E-3D Sentry fleet as part of a £1.5  long-term unserviceable aircraft.
                                     billion deal.                    He said the move would enable
                                       The E-7 Wedgetail is currently   the Sentry Force to focus on Nato
                                     in service with the Royal            Airborne Early Warning
                                     Australian  Air  Force                 and Control Force and
                                     and has been used on                    Alliance   Assurance
       Hot shot Beth’s               operations in the battle                 Measures missions in
                                                                              the Black Sea region.
                                     against Daesh in Iraq
       in the frame                  and Syria.  on    a                      Gavin    Williamson
                                     standard Boeing 737                     said: “The E-7 provides
       AIR FORCE photographer A/Cpl   airliner its sophisticated            a technological edge in
       Beth Roberts has snapped up a top   Northrop  Grumman               an increasingly complex
       military apprenticeship award.  active electronically-scanned    battlespace,  allowing  our
         The Waddington-based hot    radar can cover four million square   pilots to track and target adversaries
       shot is one of 11 airmen and   kilometres during a single 10-hour  more effectively than ever. This deal
       women from across the Services   mission.                    also strengthens our vital military
       trades to be honoured at an     Chief of the Air Staff, Air Chief  partnership with Australia.”
       annual awards ceremony.       Marshal Sir Stephen Hillier, said:   The new fleet will be able to track
         She said: “My apprenticeship   “The announcement is excellent  multiple airborne and maritime
       has been a great way to consolidate   news for both the RAF and wider  targets at the same time, using the
       all the skills I’ve learned day to   defence.                information it gathers to provide
       day and it gives you a sense of   “This world-class capability will  situational awareness and direct   SURVEILLANCE: The E-7 Wedgetail,
       achievement to have a recognised   significantly enhance our ability to  other forces such as F-35 fighter jets   above, will replace the E-3D, inset
       qualification at the end of it.”  deliver decisive airborne command  and Type-26 warships.

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