Quicker timeline to field much-needed E-7 Wedgetail not likely, officials say

By Shelley K. Mesch / March 16, 2023 at 11:05 AM
The Air Force is trying to rapidly replace its decaying E-3 Airborne Warning and Control System platform, but efforts to speed up the timeline for fielding the E-7 Wedgetail aren’t looking fruitful, service Secretary Frank Kendall said. Even with more funding, the E-7 won’t reach initial operational capability before fiscal year 2027, service officials and Boeing executives have said. The current timeline calls for up to 26 of the aircraft to be fielded by FY-32. “We looked hard at accelerating...

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