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The MLU builds on an upgrade of the E-3F's communications, mission computers, and displays, and is a mix of work done to the NATO and US Air Force (USAF) Block 40/45 aircraft. Under this enhancement programme, the aircraft's electrical, mechanical, and structural systems, and mission hardware have all been updated.
As previously reported, the improvements include: an enhanced primary AWACS display; an improved identification friend-or-foe (IFF) system; better combat identification capabilities; the Link 16 datalink; improved sensor and datalink integration through the multi-source integration process; an increase in the number of mission console stations from the current 10 to 14; upgraded computer processing equipment and battle-management tools as well as an open-system architecture.
originally posted by: Zaphod58
a reply to: boomer135
Systems wise it's on par with the US aircraft. But I'm shocked as hell that they haven't put the CFM-56 engines on the US birds. Just about everything else has them now that the RC does. They should have put them on a long time ago.
Boeing attributed the decline in Defense, Space & Security sales to a USD187 million pre-tax charge recorded at Boeing Military Aircraft on the KC-46A Tanker programme, reflecting the cost of additional engineering and systems installation work to complete the engineering and manufacturing development contract, along with lower commercial satellites volume at Network & Space Systems (N&SS) and a reduced volume of maintenance, modifications, and upgrade work for the group's Global Services & Support (GS&S) business.