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Boeing lands $38 mn contract for French Air Force E-3F AWACS aircraft support

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World Defense & Security Industry News - Boeing Defense
 
 
Boeing lands $38 mn contract for French Air Force E-3F AWACS aircraft support
 
Boeing Defense has been awarded a $38,4 millon IDIQ contract for recurring and non-recurring engineering services to support the French E-3F AWACS aircraft mid-life upgrade in-service sustainment support, the US DoD announced on June 29.
     
A French Air Force E-3F AWACS being refuelled by a C-135FR tanker aircraft
(Credit: Armée de l'air)
     
"Work will be performed in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, and is expected to be complete by July 16, 2022. This award is the result of a sole-source acquisition. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Tinker Air Force Base, Oklahoma, is the contracting activity," the US DoD said on its website.

The French Air Force currently flies a fleet of four E-3F AWACS aircraft, all assigned to the 36th Air detection and command squadron based at Avord Air Base.

The French E-3F aircraft have been modernized since 2013 through a $460 million contract signed with Boeing Defense. The Mid-Life Upgrade program included new mission computer, additional and more powerful consoles and a new IFF system.


The MLU program upgraded the aircraft to the Block 40/45 standard, similar to the US Air Force's E-3G Sentry platforms.