Boeing faces penalties over the late delivery of its first Turkish airborne early warning and control aircraft. (Wikipedia)
ANKARA — Boeing has said that it will complete long-delayed deliveries under an airborne early warning and control (AEW&C) program to Turkey in 2015.
“The Turkish Armed Forces (TAF) now has advanced airborne surveillance and battle management capabilities, and can simultaneously track airborne and maritime targets, with the first of four AEW&C aircraft it has received from Boeing,” the company said in a news release Monday.
An official inauguration ceremony for the delivery of the first aircraft has been scheduled for Feb. 21. Boeing delivered the aircraft to Konya Air Base, the fleet’s main operating base in central Anatolia.
Boeing said two more AEW&C aircraft are to be delivered this year, with the fourth in 2015. In addition to the aircraft, the Peace Eagle program includes ground support segments for mission crew training, mission support and system maintenance.
“The Peace Eagle program is an example of great cooperation among the Turkish government and our excellent Turkish industry teammates, including Turkish Aerospace Industries, HAVELSAN, Turkish Airlines and MiKES,” said Mark Ellis, Peace Eagle program manager for Boeing. “What’s more, the aircraft can be used immediately because initial training for mission system operators, maintenance crews and pilots has been completed.”
The AEW&C is based on the Boeing 737-700 airplane, one of the most popular and reliable commercial jets in the world. Turkey joins Australia and South Korea as operators of AEW&C platforms.
Under this $1.6 billion program, deliveries had been originally planned for 2008. Boeing and the Turkish government are negotiating penalties for the delays. ■