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Tuesday, May 26, 2015

RAAF’s E-7A Wedgetails achieve FOC

E-7A WedgetailCanberra’s six Boeing E-7A Wedgetail airborne early warning & control (AEW&C) aircraft have achieved final operational capability (FOC).

In a statement, Australia’s Department of Defence (DoD) says that the aircraft has proven effective during missions supporting Operation Okra – Australia’s contribution to the fight against Islamic State militants – with over 100 sorties amounting to 1,200 hours.

It also says the 737-based AEW&C platform provided a valuable contribution in support of search efforts for MH370, a Malaysia Airlines 777 that is believed to have crashed in the Indian Ocean in March 2014.

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