Indra will work on the modernization of NATO’s AWACS early warning, surveillance and command, and control aircraft fleet.
On November 27, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg announced in Brussels the signing of a $1 billion contract with Boeing to modernize the aircraft.
The contract with Boeing will provide NATO’s 14 AWACS aircraft with sophisticated new communications and networking capabilities. 16 NATO Allies, on both sides of the Atlantic, are funding this modernization, and companies from Europe and North America are working together to provide high-tech capabilities. The modernization will ensure that NATO’s AWACS fleet continues to support the Alliance’s missions to 2035.
The president of Boeing International, Michael Arthur, cited Indra among the members that will be part of the industrial alliance of European and North American companies that will address what is known as the AWACS Final Lifetime Extension Program (FLEP).
NATO’s AWACS fleet consists of fourteen Boeing E-3A airborne early warning and control (AEW&C) aircraft based at NATO Air Base Geilenkirchen in Germany. These modified Boeing 707s are easily identifiable from the distinctive radar dome mounted on the fuselage.
The E-3A usually operates at an altitude of around 10 km and, from this altitude, a single E-3A can constantly monitor the airspace within a radius of more than 400 km and can exchange information – via digital data links – with ground-based, sea-based and airborne commanders. By using pulse-Doppler radar, an E-3A flying within NATO airspace can distinguish between targets and ground reflections and is, therefore, able to give early warning of low- or high-flying aircraft operating over the territory of a potential aggressor.