Boeing Awarded Contract for Japanese E-767 AWACS Aircraft Upgrade

Boeing has been awarded a contract for the mission computing upgrade installation and checkout of four Japanese E-767 Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS) aircraft and associated ground systems.

The hybrid (fixed-price-incentive-firm, firm-fixed-price, cost-plus-fixed-fee, and cost-plus-incentive-fee) contract, worth around $61 million, was awarded by the U.S. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center (AFLCMC) located in Hanscom Air Force Base, Massachusetts.

This contract involves foreign military sales (FMS) to Japan and is the result of a sole-source acquisition. Japanese letter of offer and acceptance case funds in the amount of around $57 million are being obligated at the time of award.

Work will be performed in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; San Antonio, Texas; and Seattle, Washington, and is expected to be complete by Dec. 31, 2022.

Boeing E-767

Boeing E-767 is an Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS) aircraft designed in response to the Japan Air Self-Defense Force’s (JASDF) requirements.

It is essentially the Boeing E-3 Sentry’s surveillance radar and air control system installed on a Boeing 767-200ER.

The electronics system on the E-767 is essentially the same as the later E-3 models, using Northrop Grumman’s (formerly Westinghouse Electronic Systems) AN/APY-2 passive electronically scanned array (PESA) radar system. This system is a three-dimensional radar that measures azimuth, range, and elevation simultaneously, and has superior surveillance capability over water compared to the AN/APY-1 system on the earlier E-3 models.

The radar has a 360-degree view, and at operating altitudes it can detect targets more than 320 kilometers (200 miles) away. AWACS mission equipment can separate, manage and display these targets individually on situational displays. The information acquired by the radar system is processed by IBM’s CC-2E central computer conformed to E-3 Block 30/35 Modification.

All four aircraft of the type are operated by the 602nd Squadron of the Japan Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF) based at the Hamamatsu Air Base in Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan.

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