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WEST, THE LAST ONE OF THE PEACE EAGLE AIRCRAFTS, HAS BEEN DELIVERED12/10/2015



The last one of the Airborne Warning and Control (AWACS) aircrafts, which has been included in Turkish Air Force Fleet within the scope of Peace Eagle Project, was received by Turkish Ministry of National Defense from Boeing on December 9, 2015 in a ceremony held at TAI facilities.

With the implementation of the project, 4 AWACS aircrafts in total and a ground receiver system were incorporated into Turkish Air Force Fleet. The first one of these aircrafts, which was purchased by the Ministry of National Defense on behalf of the Turkish Air Force from Boeing IDS Company, was NORTH received in February 2014 and began its flight. And second aircraft SOUTH joined the fleet in May 2014, lastly the third one EAST joined in September 2014. With the delivery of last aircraft WEST on December 9, 2015 in the ceremony at the TAI facilities to the Turkish Air Force, the fleet which was planned to be created in the framework of the project has been completed. The WEST has a significant difference from the other aircrafts, which is its updated location and weather software. This feature will be added to other aircrafts in the fleet soon.

Turkey, having gained a world-class advanced airborne control system thanks to the Peace Eagle Project became the only country which has AWACS ability in its region. Turkish Aviation Academy which has been following and monitoring the project on behalf of Turkish Airlines provides support in the fields of training, area, engineering, logistics and aircraft maintenance with the support of Turkish Airlines Technic Inc.

The fleet formed for the Peace Eagle Project, in order to ensure the proper usage of aircrafts, has been created by the conversion of Boeing 737-700 and Boeing 737-800 aircrafts of which the Turkish Airlines has many. In this context, the reinforced body of Boeing 737-700 aircraft was used, and the tail and landing gear of Boeing 737-800 aircraft were utilized. All this conversion processes took place in TAI facilities. All software that provides data exchange and communication between ground receiver systems and Air Force aircrafts were developed by HAVELSAN software engineers.

The most distinctive main feature of Airborne Warning and Control Aircraft that differentiates it from other AWACS aircrafts is the MESA radar mounted on the aircraft. Thanks to this radar, aircrafts have the ability to scan approximately 350 km area at high altitude (10,000m) and detect 1.500 targets at the same time, and to faultlessly determine which target is enemy and which is not without being affected by the mountains and valley roughness. These aircrafts, which can stay in air up to 20 hours by the aerial refueling, function 7/24 in our eastern and southern borders because of the recently increased terrorist acts and Syria crisis, and transfer all the intelligence information to the appropriate authorities.