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BOEING ANNOUNCES FINAL 707-BASED AWACS DELIVERED

 BOEING ANNOUNCES FINAL 707-BASED AWACS DELIVERED
 SEATTLE, May 12 /PRNewswire/ -- The last Airborne Warning and


Control System (AWACS) incorporating the venerable 707 aircraft was delivered today, Boeing Defense & Space Group announced. It was turned over to the United Kingdom's Royal Air Force at the RAF Waddington base north of London by Boeing Defense & Space Group.
 Production of the 707 ended in May 1991, and Boeing is offering a militarized version of its 767 jetliner as the future AWACS airframe.
 The U.K. aircraft, designated E-3D Sentry, was the seventh and final AWACS built for the RAF, which will use its fleet for national airborne early warning missions, and to enhance its role with the AWACS fleet operated by the North Atlantic Treaty Organization.
 The basic 707 airframes were flown from Seattle to Waddington, where they were outfitted with mission equipment by British Aerospace with cooperation from Boeing employees transferred from Seattle. This was followed by flight testing of the mission equipment and final acceptance testing.
 Waddington will be home base for the U.K. AWACS fleet.
 The E-3D Sentry provides the latest system enhancements, including improved communications and data processing equipment, and radar modifications for the RAF's extensive over-water mission. A probe- and-drogue aerial refueling system has been added to augment the standard boom type of refueling.
 The United Kingdom cooperated in its AWACS procurement with the Republic of France, which has received four systems. A Joint Anglo- French Management Office was staffed with British and French representatives in Seattle, where it worked closely with Boeing engineers, planners, quality assurance and manufacturing personnel. This produced increased efficiency through commonality of some equipment and testing, shorter lines of communication and faster decision-making.
 The worldwide AWACS fleet now numbers 68. The U.S. Air Force received the first of its 34 aircraft in 1977. Delivery of the 18 NATO systems began in 1982 and the Royal Saudi Air Force received its five during 1986-87.
 AWACS played a vital role in the 1990-91 Gulf War, identifying hostile aircraft, directing coalition airplanes to their targets and handling command and control for approximately 120,000 sorties conducted by allied aircraft -- a rate of 2,000 to 3,000 per day.
 The current AWACS fleet is being upgraded with improved radars, communications and computer equipment that will enable it to perform its mission well beyond the 1990s.
 The prototype Boeing 707 was produced in 1954. It was the aircraft that launched the later family of Boeing jetliners and several military derivations. The company produced 1,011 Model 707s.
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