Boeing Co. has been awarded a cost-plus-fixed-fee contract, worth around $99.9 million, for the Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS) Block 40/45 full rate production completion.
This contract provides for the continued acquisition of supplies and services associated with the production of the E-3 AWACS Block 40/45 upgrade in support of the U.S. Air Force. This modified E-3 contains upgrades of the mission crew and air battle management sections, as well as significantly upgraded electronic equipment.
Work will be performed at Tinker Air Force Base, Oklahoma, and is expected to be completed by fiscal 2024.
This award is the result of a sole-source acquisition. Fiscal 2018 and 2019 aircraft procurement funds in the amount of $42.2 million are being obligated at the time of the award. The U.S. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center (AFLCMC) at Hanscom Air Force Base, Massachusetts, is the contracting activity (FA8730-20-C-0023).
Boeing E-3 Sentry, commonly known as AWACS, is an American airborne early warning and control (AEW&C) aircraft developed by Boeing.
Derived from the Boeing 707, the E-3 provides all-weather surveillance, command, control, and communications. The aircraft is distinguished by the distinctive rotating radar dome (ROTODOME) above the fuselage.
Production of E-3 ended in 1992 after 68 aircraft had been built. It is used by the U.S. Air Force (USAF), NATO, UK Royal Air Force (RAF), French Air Force, and Royal Saudi Air Force (RSAF).