Saudis Upgrade Their AWACS Fleet

[Defense Industry Daily] Boeing on Thursday announced a $49.2 million contract to install Link 16 systems aboard Saudi Arabia's fleet of 5 AWACS aircraft. Link 16 is a secure, jam-resistant, digital data link transmitted via radio that allows military aircraft, ships and ground units to exchange tactical pictures with each other in near real time. This capability helps all participating nodes see more clearly within the fog of war, since a target seen by one platform is soon seen by all. Boeing's Saudi AWACS programs manager Mark Mills said: "This secure data and voice link allows direct communication between AWACS and forward positioned fighter aircraft. The Link 16 AWACS upgrade is the first in a series of anticipated upgrades to the Saudi AWACS fleet."

2007-09-21 01:00:00

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