Monday, February 8, 2010

Boeing has Delivered first 737 AEW&C Aircraft to South Korea for Modifications

JUNG SUNG-KI

Boeing Integrated Defense System (IDS) has delivered the first of four planned 737 airborne early warning and control (AEW&C) aircraft to South Korea for modifications ahead of a final handover to the Republic of Korea (ROK) Air Force next year, procurement and industry officials said Feb. 8.The ROK Air Force plans to create a tactical reconnaissance wing led by the 737 AEW&C aircraft by 2012.  

Under a $1.6 billion contract signed in November 2006, Boeing IDS is to deliver four 737 AEW&C "Peace Eye" aircraft to South Korea by 2012. The first 737 plane flew from a Boeing facility in Seattle to a Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) facility in Sacheon, some 430 kilometers southeast of Seoul, on Feb. 4, officials from the Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) and KAI said................DefenseNews

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